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Dr. Carlo Press Release - Westminster meeting UK
United Kingdom Created: 1 Mar 2007
Dr Carlo Press Release - 26th February 2007
There were only 5 MPs present at the presentation by Dr Carlo of the Safe Wireless Initiative, USA on mobile phone health risks at Westminster on Thursday 22nd February. There has been a virtual news blackout on his presentation in the UK media.

Mobile phones have been sold in the US and UK without any pre-market testing or post-market surveillance. US Congressional Hearings gave rise to a US$ 28 million research program by Dr Carlo and his team at Harvard to investigate any health effects of the technology.
In 1999 the team released their findings:
1. that there was leakage in the blood brain barrier
2. genetic damage from non-thermal radiation
3. there was a doubling of risk for a certain type of cancer.

During 1999 and 2001 there was a split between the scientists and the mobile phone industry.

Asked a question about wireless computers being installed in British schools, Dr Carlo said 'the government should not be conducting this experiment' on children.

Although there are studies and research for and against health effects, the latest Interphone study does show an increase in brain tumours and acoustic neuromas. Because of that the German and Swedish Agencies for Radiation Protection have issued warnings for people to keep their radiation exposure low.

He identified a lack of and urgent need for a postmarked surveillance system to be established to collect clinical data. Robert Flello MP (Labour, Stoke-on-Trent) stated at the meeting that his constituents are concerned by a cancer cluster and he has been trying to get data about the illnesses
and deaths but he has been sent from one agency to anotherand back again. No one is collecting the data.

Dr Carlo said that primary care givers need to be alerted to the situation and trained to recognise and treat the symptoms of EMF radiation.

Yasmin Skelt, a volunteer with Mast Sanity and who was at the meeting at Westminster said "The British Government need to urgently establish a Mobile Phone Telephony Surveillance Unit based on the lines of the vCJD Surveillance Unit ( www.cjd.ed.ac.uk). If it can be done for vCJD then it can
be done for mobile phone and mast ill health reports.
Despite years of reports of cancer clusters near masts or a rise the incidence in brain tumours in the UK, no authority is taking data.
Monitoring the health of workers in the mobile phone industry would be useful also, as they would have high exposure levels. Some early cases of vCJD were also mis-diagnosed and the sufferers given the wrong treatment, and clusters of vCJD were identified."

Brian Stein, who suffers from electrical hyper sensitivity (a condition now recognised by the World Health Organisation) asked who would be responsible when the campaigners were all proved right. There was a deafening silence.

Dr Carlo also visited Ireland to talk to Irish doctors and his visit has been reported in the Irish media.
People can see the Radio Telefis Eireann interview on
http://rte.ie/news/primetime/
Or visit the Safe Wireless Initiative website at www.safewireless.org

Press Contact: Yasmin Skelt Mast Sanity UK
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Source: Mast-Sanity, Yasmin Skelt, 26 Feb 2007

School opposes phone mast proposal
United Kingdom Created: 1 Mar 2007
A PROPOSED mobile phone mast near a Hilperton primary school has angered governors, parents and residents.

T Mobile wants to build the mast near the junction of Ashton Road and Hilperton Road, which is only about 100metres from The Mead Primary School.

Chairman of the governors Peter Smith said: "I was horrified to learn of this proposal. "I cannot believe an organisation such as T Mobile would consider it to be reasonable to locate a mast adjacent to a school when they should have learned from experience elsewhere in the country it's not socially acceptable.

"I think we'll look back in years to come and question our sanity if we allow this to happen."

He arranged an extraordinary meeting for governors on Wednesday night to discuss the school's options and said he had already been inundated with letters from concerned parents and governors.

Meanwhile, local residents have started a petition against the mast and had gathered almost 100 signatures by Tuesday.

T Mobile has not yet submitted an application for the mast but pre-application guidelines suggest it should inform those living in the area.

Stuart Wellman, of Ardent Property and Planning, which is acting as agents for T Mobile, said the company put up notices on telegraph poles and wrote to the district council as well as the school.

However, the school was on half-term last week and Mr Smith said he only learned of the plans through district council leader Sarah Content.

District councillor Ernie Clark, who is also chairman of Hilperton Parish Council, said he had started a campaign to inform residents because he believes T Mobile's consultation was inadequate.

"There is no footpath near the notices and no one really looks at notices on poles," he said.

"I sent out a couple of hundred leaflets and have had quite a response already.

"The real concern is there is no real proof that radio waves that come from these things aren't in the long term. We don't know the long term side effects.

"I can't believe this is the best site they can find. There must be a better location out there."

Mr Wellman said the company had considered other locations but considered the Hilperton site the most suitable. He said: "The mast looks like a replica lamppost. It is 12m tall and does not cause visual intrusion," adding that the mast is low powered and would emit 347 times below the maximum permitted levels of radio exposure.

- West Wiltshire District Council has received notifcation T Mobile also intend to put up a mast about a mile from Trowle Common, Trowbridge on land owned by Wessex Water.
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Source: This is Wiltshire, Helen Thomas, 1 May 2007

Jersey: Dr. George Carlo: Cables 'safer' than mobile masts
United Kingdom Created: 1 Mar 2007
Cables 'safer' than mobile masts

Health fears have been raised by islanders at public meetings
An international expert on mobile phones has suggested that Jersey should use fibre optic cables rather than masts to transmit signals.
Dr George Carlo said there is too much background radiation already in the island to make the further use of phone masts safe.
A States scrutiny panel is reviewing mobile phone masts and has been taking advice from scientific experts.
The panel will make its findings public in the spring.
Some of the expert evidence has been conflicting.
A World Health Organisation (WHO) scientist claimed symptoms associated with mast radiation were often psychological.
But another scientist, who has advised government agencies on radio and microwave issues, claimed living within 500yds (457m) of a mast was a health risk.
People living in Jersey have attended a series of public meetings to air their views and health concerns.
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Source: Agnes, Eileen O´Connor, Sarah Dacre

Combating the dangers of wireless technology - Westminster, London, Dublin and Jersey
United Kingdom Created: 1 Mar 2007
Radiation Research Trust (RRT) proudly introduce Dr George Carlo to the UK
Combating the dangers of wireless technology - Westminster, London, Dublin and Jersey
February 2007
http://www.radiationresearch.org

Photograph enclosed of Andrew Mitchell MP, Eileen O'Connor, Dr George Carlo and Dr Ian Gibson MP, this was taken at the meeting in the Attlee Room, Westminster - hi res available if anyone needs one.

The UK owes Dr George Carlo a debt of gratitude for agreeing to visit the UK. He has and is still coping with a gruelling schedule, visiting London, Dublin and Jersey and giving back to back interviews with the doctors, scientists, politicians, the public and the media.

Radio 4 "You and Yours" are due to air a pre-recorded interview with
Dr George Carlo and Professor Lawrie Challis which was done after the Westminster meeting last week, keep a look out on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/youandyours/ - listen live.

Read the witness reports to the Westminster meeting which are contained within the Buergerwelle website link:
MOBILES 'PUT KIDS AT RISK OF AUTISM AND BRAIN TUMOURS' http://omega.twoday.net/stories/3360329/

Dr George Carlo's Westminster presentation was powerful. He encouraged us to urgently work with medical doctors as people need help. We simply cannot wait for the Government and industry scientists to carry out more research while people suffer with ill health, people need help now while research continues.

Fellow RRT trustee Andrew Mitchell MP opened up the Westminster meeting and RRT trustee Dr Ian Gibson MP chaired the meeting. The Attlee Room is the largest room in Westminster and was at full capacity (150) however; sadly and shamefully the meeting was only attended by approximately four MPs, This is a disgrace when you consider how serious this health issue is and knowing how full the MPs post bags are with letters and petitions from members of the public begging them for help!

Many people are suffering with EHS, cancer and other debilitating illness which they claim is due to EMF exposure. One lady gave a heart breaking account of her suffering and her daughters suffering due to a Vodafone mast near her home, she begged someone to help; she said that she took part in the Essex University double blind study and was able to detect that a phone mast frequency was on or off 100%, she said that she has visited Professor Olle Johansson in Sweden, he said she was suffering with EHS and would be looked after if she lived in Sweden, however, sadly he couldn't help due to the fact that he has no funding and could only offer sympathy. She has visited her MP and doctors, sadly her doctor cannot help her as they have no guidelines to follow. Her account of her terrible suffering moved many people to tears. I hope the stone hearted people in the room realise that this problem is real and start putting health before wealth.

Professor Lawrie Challis attended the meeting, he represents the MTHR Government research programme; he received many heated questions from the audience, one lady asked him if phone masts are safe and he said he could not.

Ingrid Dickenson from HESE-UK asked Professor Lawrie Challis why they haven't reviewed or translated the 1500 German and Russian peer reviewed and published scientific research on EMFs and dangers to health as the research
has been done and proved, http://www.hese-project.org

The Radiation Research Trust called for the reopening of the Stewart Report, please see enclosed Resolution. Dr Ian Gibson MP has offered to submit this to Sir William Stewart and we will be encouraging MPs to sign up to this appeal.

A DVD of the Westminster meeting will be available to purchase in a couple of weeks time.

A huge Thank you to Mike Bell, Andrew Mitchell MP and Dr Ian Gibson MP and staff for helping to organise the Westminster event, we are grateful to Andrew for opening up the meeting and to Dr Ian Gibson for chairing the meeting and a big thanks once again to Dr Carlo.

The RRT would like to thank all campaign groups as they helped to promote the meeting to MPs sadly, it appears that they did not listen or realise the importance. We would like to thank the media for showing an interest and for attending the meeting.

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
Benjamin Disraeli British politician (1804 - 1881).

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

Visit to DUBLIN

Read the Irish Independent news report enclosed (see email below)

Dr Carlo was on RTE Prime Time (Irish) TV news, view this excellent report.

http://rte.ie/news/primetime/

Dr Carlo was also interviewed on the Irish radio along with UK celebrity Jasper Carrott; Dr Mike Repacholi, ex-leader for WHO EMF Project represented the mobile phone operators; I was shocked when Mike Repacholi said school children should be safe to use mobile phones, he continues to refuse to accept the overwhelming evidence. Dr Carlo and Japer Carrott both gave strong and excellent interviews.

Dr George Carlo and Dr Gerd Oberfeld from Salzburg both gave excellent presentations to the Irish Doctors on Friday. The Irish Doctors invited us to join forces with them. We should encourage all UK doctors to accept this invitation. http://www.ideaireland.org/emririshresearch.htm

Jersey Inquiry into Phone masts and health

Dr Mike Repacholi recently gave evidence to the scrutiny committee in Jersey as they are considering allowing more phone masts on the Island; Dr John Stather and Dr James Rubin have also given evidence. Barrie Trower, represented our point of view and thankfully Dr Carlo has agreed to visit Jersey today in order to give them his opinion.

The UK is now more aware to the dangers associated with EMFs and ill health. Our Irish friends said they are walking taller today after Dr George Carlo and Dr Gerd Oberfeld's visit to Dublin, it was good to finally hear the truth!

Eileen O'Connor
Trustee - EM Radiation Research Trust
http://www.radiationresearch.org

For more information visit: http://omega.twoday.net/stories/3360329/

IRISH INDEPENDENT, Saturday, 24 February, 2007
(Metro ed. page 16)

"MOBILES 'PUT KIDS AT RISK OF AUTISM AND BRAIN TUMOURS'" [by] Breda Heffernan

Parents who give their children mobile phones are 'tempting fate' and exposing them to a raft of potential health problems from brain tumors to autism, an international expert has warned. American researcher Dr George Carlo told a conference in Dublin yesterday that he has conducted research which proves that radio waves emitted by mobile phones are causing cellular damage to users. And the scientist says a new study he has conducted, to be published next month, shows a link between electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones and masts and autism. He called on parents not to give children under the age of 12 mobile phones as their DNA and cell membranes are especially vulnerable. Dr Carlo, chairman of the non-profit Science and Public Policy Institute in Washington, was given more than 20m [euro] by the American mobile phone industry in 1993 to investigate possible health risks. After six years of research, he and 200 other scientists from around the globe concluded that manufacturers need to warn the public about the dangers posed by mobiles. Speaking at the Irish Doctors' Environmental Association meeting yesterday, Dr Carlo said his online database set up in 2002 to record incidents from people who believe they have suffered adverse health effects received more than 1 million hits in its first six months and over 30,000 complaints were logged.

HEADACHES In early cases, people were linking their symptoms, which ranged from headaches to sleeplessness, to holding the phone up against their head. However, in the past two years, the vast majority of complaints (up to 90%) have come from people who believe their ailments are due to living next to mobile phone masts.

There are now 2.4 billion people around the world using mobile phones with this figure set to rise. "The big problem is that the wireless infrastructure we have is leading us to a point of no return. As more people use cell phones and Wi-Fi and as we have absolutely stupid experiments of putting Wi-Fi in schools, background radiation is increasing," warned Dr Carlo. He said that rather than relying on masts and antennas, people should put pressure on Government and industry to eliminate health risks by replacing masts with fibre optic cables. He urged people to perform a simple experiment to see first-hand the dangers of mobile phone radiation. When the mobile has only one bar of signal strength, locate the nearest mast and then line up a number of your friends between the phone and the mast. "The bars will go up and up that is because we are great conductors for radiowaves," said Dr Carlo.

LOSS

The conference also heard from severeal dozen members of the public who claim to have suffered hearing loss, irregular hearbeats and sleeplessness from mobile phone msts near their homes. John Cummins, from Cahir, Co Tipperary, said he and his wife Bridget had both suffered hearing loss while their daughter Rebekah suffered a brain seizure at the age of 12. Doctors could not explain their health complaints. "At night we get a humming effect in our eardrums but when we're away from home we don't get it. "In three streets around the mast over 20 people have had cancer in the last four or five years and there have been two cases of MS and Parkinson's."

http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=cellular+damage
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Starmail - 24. Feb, 11:41
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Westminster:
22nd February, 2007
Combating the Dangers of Wireless Technology
Attlee Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons
The EM-Radiation Research Trust introduce Dr George Carlo

Resolution to be Proposed at the EM Radiation Research Trust Meeting on 22 February 2007

That the Government’s Departments of Health, and Communities and Local Government, be requested with immediate effect to update the conclusions contained in paragraphs 1.33 and 1.31 of the original May 2000 Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones (IEGMP) “The Stewart Report” – with particular regard to the indirect adverse effects on the public well-being, due both to adverse impacts on the local environment, and to the indirect adverse impact under which the current planning procedures are subjecting the public often to the insensitive siting of Mobile Phone Base Stations, regardless of genuine public concerns, as set out and made clear in the IEGMP Stewart Report paragraphs 1.31 and 1.33.

M:Alan MeyerCorrespondence (Mast Action UK Services)- M6590documentsResolution - 22 Feb 2007 Meeting - 26.01.07.doc

http://www.radiationresearch.org
Chairman: Michael Bell; Eileen O’Connor, Dr. G Hyland;
Dr Ian Gibson MP; Andrew Mitchell MP; Dr Caroline Lucas MEP; Mark Oaten MP and Brian Stein.
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Source: Eileen O´Connor

Worthing fights three mobile masts
United Kingdom Created: 27 Feb 2007
MOBILE phone mast anger is brewing across Worthing, with three plans in the pipeline.
Findon Valley Residents' Association is starting its campaign against T-Mobile's plans to install a 36ft high mast at the junction of Findon Road and Cissbury Avenue.

People living near Worthing Football Club's ground in Woodside Road have to start their protests again, as Hutchison wants to upgrade its 44ft high 2G mast to a 56ft 3G monster.

This comes two weeks after a controversial T-Mobile scheme was approved for the ground.

Campaigners are still fighting a 33ft mast in St Andrew's Road, West Tarring, again from T-Mobile.

For more on these campaigns see Thursday's Worthing Herald.

What do you think?
If you would like your opinion to appear in the Herald's Comment section, email letters@worthingtoday.co.uk with your full name and address and a daytime telephone number.

Although details can be with-held from publication if requested, we do not publish anonymous letters.
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Source: Worthing Herald, 27 Feb 2007

Surprise over phone mast victory
United Kingdom Created: 27 Feb 2007
Families fighting plans for a mobile phone mast won an unexpected victory when councillors went against the recommendation of officers to reject the plans.

More than 80 people wrote to South Norfolk Council to object to plans for an 11.7 metre T-Mobile mast on land opposite the Crown pub in Norwich Road, Costessey.

Families living close to the proposed mast were concerned about the visual impact such a large structure would have in the area, while there were also fears about the possible heath effects on those living closest to the mast and on pupils at nearby Costessey Infant School.

But despite the strength of feeling against the mast planning officers at South Norfolk Council had made recommendations to the planning committee that it be approved when they met yesterday. However, councillors decided to reject the proposal because it would have been an eyesore - to the delight of campaigners, including South Norfolk councillor Tim East.

Mr East said: “I'm absolutely delighted that the planning committee unanimously decided to reject T-Mobile's application for a phone mast at Norwich Road on the grounds that they thought it was detrimental to the visual amenities of the area.”

Pauline Wilkinson, who has lived on Norwich Road, Costessey, with her husband John for more than 30 years, said she was surprised the mast had ever been recommended for approval given all the opposition to it. “It's a very busy area close to a number of shops, with cars, a pedestrian crossing and all the associated furniture, two large trees - I just couldn't see how sticking something else there was going to improve the area. I don't really see that there's a need for a mast there.”

Mrs Wilkinson said she had been concerned about the possible health effects on people living in the area, particularly the children who went to the school on Beaumont Road.

As the Evening News reported earlier this month, the small strip of grass where the mast was to be sited had been earmarked by parish councillors as a natural spot for a village sign and flower beds to create an attractive centre for New Costessey. The Evening News has campaigned against the installation of mobile phone masts near homes and schools until it is proved they are safe through our Put Masts on Hold campaign.

Are you fighting to stop a phone mast in your area? Call Evening News reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772439 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk
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Source: Norwich Evening News, Dan Grimmer, 27 Feb 2007

Mast planning rules shake-up
United Kingdom Created: 27 Feb 2007
CHANGES to Borough of Poole's planning rules mean applications for many mobile phone masts will never go before councillors.
Masts below 15 metres have "prior approval" status, a procedure where permission is deemed granted if the planning authority does not respond to the developer's application within 56 days.
Councillors used to have the facility to "red flag" these applications and bring them before the committee, usually when neighbours complained.
But last month it was agreed prior approval applications would be excluded from that process.
Peter Watson, head of planning, said the move had been made because these applications rarely came before committee for timing reasons. The date an application was submitted often meant the 56-day response deadline ran out before it could be scheduled for a meeting.
But Cllr Mike Brooke is fighting to have the decision reversed, and calling for extra planning meetings to make sure these applications have a chance to be heard.
"It removes the rights of the residents to see an open, transparent debate at committee," he said. "The decision will be made in a back office.
"It might be done in collaboration with a councillor, but the public won't get to see it."
He said he would be "calling in" the decision to be discussed at next month's scrutiny committee.
Steve Barker, of Sorrel Gardens, is leading a campaign against plans for a 12- metre mobile phone mast on the corner of Pinesprings Drive and Beechbank Avenue in Broadstone.
So far, 70 letters of complaint have been sent and 200 signatures gathered on a petition.
The 46-year-old IT development director said: "Residents feel this is one of the biggest planning issues affecting them. To downgrade it and remove these applications from the full democratic process can only be for the benefit of the planning committee rather than residents."
Mr Watson said the changes in the "red card" procedure simply formalised what was already being done.
He added: "Changes to the procedure ensure that informed decisions relating to mobile phone masts are always made within the correct time scales."
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Source: Dorset Echo, Juliette Astrup, 25 Feb 2007

Campaigners fight plans for 81ft mobile phone mast
United Kingdom Created: 27 Feb 2007
MORE than 700 people have vowed to fight plans for a mobile phone mast in a popular Hampshire woodland.
Protesters against the proposed plans for an 81ft mast in Stoke Park Wood, in Bishopstoke, joined forces with Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne yesterday to hand over a petition in a bid to halt plans.
The Guardians of Stoke Park Wood want to preserve the unspoilt beauty of the woodland, which for hundreds of years has been a haven for families and a sanctuary for wildlife.
It is hoped that the petition, which seeks to protect the enjoyment of the woods and stop the "vandalism", will put pressure on Eastleigh Council planning officials to dismiss the plans submitted by Hutchinson 3G.
Graham Mole, one of the guardians, said: "Feelings are running very high. People are exceptionally fond of these woods and will be very upset if the plans are agreed.
"I just hope now that the right decision is made at the committee meeting next month. We will make sure we are there, picketing to save Stoke Park Wood."
Amanda Oosthuizen, another guardian, added: "We think it is vital to keep the woods as they are. It is a great place to take the dogs and just get away from it all.
"All my teenage daughters go there with their friends and walk the dogs, where they can have some freedom away from the little houses in tight spaces. It's a place where you have room to think."
The planning application submitted by the mobile phone giant seeks permission to install a radio base station comprising a 25m telecommunications tower, three antennas, three 300mm-diameter dish antenna and radio equipment housing.
Mr Huhne said: "I think it would be a great shame if the mast were put up in these woods.
"This is a very attractive, unspoilt part of the area where people walk and take their dogs. It has probably been like that for hundreds of years and something really ought to be done to protect it.
"It would be an intrusion into the woods to install a very high mast. At 81ft it is pretty big. It is a real issue."
Hutchinson 3G has said that it has considered the concerns that have been raised but believed the woods to be the best location.
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Source: Daily Echo Southampton,Hampshire, Melanie Adams, 24 Feb 2007

Neighbours hit the roof as phone mast goes up at pub
United Kingdom Created: 27 Feb 2007
Islington: MPs are being urged to back a campaign opposing a mobile-phone mast which has gone up on the roof of a Highbury pub.
Residents are appalled that the 10-foot 02 phone mast was fitted above the Arsenal Tavern in Blackstock Road last week, apparently without planning permission or consultation.
The Victorian pub is in Islington but comes under Hackney Council licensing department.
Residents are calling on Islington North Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn and Hackney North and Stoke Newington Labour MP Diane Abbott to support their campaign to have the mast removed.
Resident Zena Sullivan said the first she knew about the mast was when she looked outside her kitchen window and saw it being put on the roof of the pub.
“Residents and business people around here are really angry,” she said. “No one has looked into the health effects of this device. There are several schools nearby and most authorities have a policy of not siting phone masts close to places where there are children
“We can’t understand why the pub doesn’t need planning permission for this mast. Hackney says there is nothing they can do.”
Under the 1995 Town and Country Planning Act, no planning requirement is needed for mobile-phone masts although they can be removed as a precautionary measure if they are deemed to be too close to primary schools. Residents claim the mast is about 150 yards from a primary school.
A spokeswoman for Hackney Council said it was investigating the siting of the mast. She added: “We are not aware that planning permission has been sought and that may be being done retrospectively. An officer will be visiting the premises to seek further explanation.”
- Scientists have warned that a plan to site 32 mobile-phone masts at Arsenal’s new Emirates Stadium would make it a high-density area for the devices.
Powerwatch, an independent group, has counted almost 100 masts in a two-square- mile radius of the stadium.
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Source: Islington tribune, 23 Feb 2007

Shock as huge mast appears in street
United Kingdom Created: 27 Feb 2007
FAMILIES living in a quiet Waltham Abbey street were "gobsmacked" when they returned from work this week to find a huge phone mast had sprung up outside their homes.
The 60ft (20m) mobile monstrosity was suddenly erected on a patch of land at the end of the Stonyshotts, off Honey Lane, on Tuesday.
But outraged householders this week began a fight to bring down the O2 mast, saying they had no idea whatsoever the equipment was due to go up.
Stonyshotts resident Darren Brooks, who has already helped compile an 80-name petition to have the mast removed, fumed: "It's a complete eyesore. I went out to work one minute then came back to find it had been erected just a few feet away from our homes. It's the biggest mast I have ever seen - it's absolutely massive."
Darren, 34, who has lived in the road for six years, added: "I called the council and was told that the mast was allowed to go up because the council had not responded in time to a planning request from O2 to put up the mast - this makes it all the more deplorable."
Under a legal loophole, if councils do not respond to mobile phone companies' requests to put up a mast within a 56-day limit, the application can simply go ahead.
This law has caught out councils across the UK, forcing them to allow a mast application to go ahead when they had intended to log an objection.
But a spokesman for Epping Forest District Council this week could not confirm this was the case and said the authority would investigate the matter.
The Mercury could find NO trace of 02's original application to erect the Stonyshotts mast on the council's planning archive website, adding further mystery to the saga.
Darren added: "We want this thing brought down. Not only is it absolutely colossal it will devalue our homes.
"We are also concerned over safety issues as there are a number of children living in the street."
But there was a new twist in the saga yesterday (Thursday, 22 February) when Epping Forest district councillor Peter McMillan (Con Honey Lane) said the land on which the mast sits actually belongs to Essex County Council.
"As far as I am aware the county council objected to these plans and therefore O2 should never have put up the mast," he said.
"I am calling for an internal enquiry at the district council to find out why we did not respond to O2 in time and will also be meeting with county councillors immediately to try to sort out this mess.
"I'm going to do whatever it takes to get this thing down. It's an eyesore."
An O2 spokesman added: "We will be looking into this but if we didn't receive a response from the council then we are perfectly entitled to put up the mast. However, if local residents are upset I would gladly come down and talk to them about the situation."
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Source: Cheshunt and Waltham Mercury, 23 Feb 2007

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