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Delight as 'eyesore' Lee mast is rejected
United Kingdom Created: 1 Feb 2007
A BID to build a towering mobile phone mast has been turned down, to the delight of residents.
The 12-metre-high pole, for the network 3, was to be located on the verge next to Portsmouth Road in Lee-on-the-Solent.

But planning permission was refused by Gosport Borough Council and now government inspectors have kicked out an appeal against the decision, saying the mast would be an eyesore.

Gareth Isaac, planning inspector, said: 'In my view, because of the height and position, the proposed new pole would be an unduly dominant feature in the context of its surroundings.

'This would be all the more apparent because of the open and exposed location.'

He said more coverage for the network is needed in the area, but he did not think this was the correct site.

Councillor Chris Carter said: 'This is excellent news for local residents and does, I believe, send out a wider message. Local residents will be delighted.

'I think they will continue looking, but clearly they will think more carefully about it next time.'

The mast was to be set up by Ericsson, which is getting 3's network off the ground.

William Comery, corporate affairs manager at Ericsson Services Ltd, said: 'It is unfortunate that it hasn't been granted.
This will delay the improvement of 3's services in the area.'
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Source: Portsmouth Today, 31 Jan 2007

School's fight against phone mast plan
United Kingdom Created: 1 Feb 2007
PARENTS, governors and teachers at Ursuline College fear plans to build a 15 metre mobile phone mast just yards from school playing fields could put kids' lives at risk.
Head teacher Sister Alice Montgomery is fighting plans by Hutchinson 3G to put a mast outside the school on Canterbury Road, Westgate.
Sister Alice, 55, dubbed it 'madness', adding: "Experts simply do not know enough about the technology. It has the potential to harm young people. We have 1,000 children here and King Ethelbert school next door also has 1,000 walking past the site every day. If the worst happens, trying to prove someone's health is linked to a mast is virtually impossible.
"This is a school that spearheads sports and healthy living across Thanet. The proposal is totally inappropriate."
She has written to all 600 families at the school asking them to join her protest to Thanet council. Ursuline does not ban mobile phones but Sister Alice draws the line at a mast on her doorstep.

A spokesman for Harlequin, planning agents for Hutchinson 3G, said: "There are already four other masts in the immediate vicinity, but people don't notice them. Coverage for 3G is limited to a few hundred meters and placing the mast in a field wouldn't provide coverage where people are."
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Source: icKent, Eileen O\'Brien, 31 Jan 2007

Massive backing for phone mast fight
United Kingdom Created: 1 Feb 2007
A petition with more than 1,200 signatures has been handed to Oxford City Council in a bid to fight plans for a mobile phone mast in Marston.
Mobile giant Vodafone wants to put the mast - disguised as a telegraph pole - in Jack Straw's Lane, near St Michael and All Angels Church.
The site in Marston Road is only 100 yards from a previous spot where a mast had been proposed a year ago.
Marston resident Michael Haines, who organised the petition, had collected 1,288 signatures by Monday.
Mr Haines, 66, of Croft Road, said: "I got my final signature on Monday. I was very pleased with the support.
"Everyone was more than willing to sign it. I have been going round each area of Marston for the past two weeks which has taken a lot of time and effort, but it has been worth it.

"There was only a few that didn't want to sign it because of employment at the council."
This is not Mr Haines first petition. He collected 779 signatures when he successfully blocked the earlier mast application from the Newbury-based firm in November 2005.
Vodafone thinks the new location for the 10-metre high phone mast - which will provide high-quality 3G coverage to the Marston area of Oxford - will have less impact on the environment.
The pole is to be placed near a number of trees which will provide some screening for the site. But the residents think it is unsightly and are worried it could lead to health problems.
Mr Haines, who hopes the council will oppose this new application, said: "I think the city council has got to sit up and take notice now.
"There are a lot of signatures on the petition. The residents feel that this mast is being pushed on us.
"Why should we have to put up with something that is going to be unsightly and potentially dangerous to our health, when we don't even want it there?"
Vodafone spokesman Rob Matthews said: "All Vodafone's sites follow exposure guidelines backed by independent bodies such as the World Health Organisation.
"There is a need for improved 3G coverage in this area of Oxford and without base stations people would not be able to use their 3G phones.
"Vodafone works closely with the council and local residents to ensure that their design is as visually unobtrusive as possible."
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Source: Oxford mail, 31 Jan 2007

If electromagnetic waves can penetrate walls, imagine what they can do to your skin!
United Kingdom Created: 31 Jan 2007
Today, electromagnetic waves generated by a host of modern day electronic devices join a list of well-known pollutants which can damage skin. For the first time, Clarins Research reveal the link between exposure to artificial electromagnetic waves and accelerated skin ageing*. Clarins introduces Expertise 3PTM (Poly Pollution Protection)
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Phone masts earn council £275,000
United Kingdom Created: 29 Jan 2007
RENT from mobile phone masts erected on land and buildings owned by Bolton Council have boosted the Town Hall's bank account by £275,000.

Five of the town's 142 antennae are on local authority property, including a primary school and a leisure centre.

The figures, revealed following a request by The Bolton News, have sparked criticism that the council is putting financial gain ahead the health of the borough's residents.

Cllr Andy Morgan, who last year called for a blanket ban on masts on local authority land, said: "In the scheme of things, £275,000 is not a lot and certainly isn't an amount worth taking a risk for when there is no conclusive proof that masts are not a threat to health.

"I don't think any sum of money could justify taking that risk, especially where children are concerned. In the long run we just don't know what the effects will be on people who come near these things."

The five masts in the borough - at Brandwood Primary School, Daubhill; Horwich Leisure Centre; the Rainford House flats in Haydock Street on the School Hill Estate, Bolton; garages at Duddon Avenue in Breightmet and green belt land at Stapleton Avenue, in Heaton - have generated a total of £275,154 in revenue.

The council has pocketed £238,732 of that amount, with £36,421 in rent paid for a mast at Brandwood Primary School going direct to the school.

The rest of the money has gone into a central revenue pot and has not been earmarked for specific areas, like health or education Mike Chapman, who was headmaster at Brandwood Primary School when the mast was built, in April 1998, said he had taken expert advice at the time and came to the conclusion the mast would not be dangerous.

The mast at Horwich Leisure Centre was installed in December 1998 and has generated £35,117 in income for Bolton Council.

Since being installed in October 1992, the mast on Rainford House has earned the council £81,624, while the mast in Duddon Avenue has brought in £59,449 and the mast at Stapleton Avenue has recouped £62,542 in rent.

Cllr Morgan said: "When people go to schools and leisure centres they might not be aware of the masts and do not have any choice but to go near them.

"I think as a good local authority and employer we should put the safety of our residents and staff first."

In many cases, residents have launched protests over the erection of mobile phone masts on public land.

Michelle Daubney organised a protest petition after councillors allowed Vodafone to install four, 20-metre high mobile phone antennae at St John the Evangelist Church, in Church Street, Farnworth.

More than 200 parents of pupils signed the petition.

Miss Daubney, of Hesketh Walk, Farnworth, whose five-year-old son, Jack, attends the school, said: "You cannot put a price on a child's health.

"There is no conclusive evidence that these masts are safe so the council shouldn't be taking risks to line their pockets.

"It is irresponsible and if we find out they are unsafe in ten years time it will be too late."

Despite public fears over the risk of radiation from mobile phone masts, scientific evidence suggests that they pose no serious danger to health.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: "All the phone masts in Bolton comply with strict Government guidelines. Various studies have been conducted into the possible health issues that may arise, but the information to date suggests that there is no cause for any concern over public health.

The council's position is backed up by Dr John Stather, of the radiation protection division at the Health Protection Agency, who said there is no cause for concern.
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Source: This Is Lancashire, Rob Devey, 29 Jan 2007

Double mobile phone mast success
United Kingdom Created: 27 Jan 2007
APPLICATIONS for two new mobile phone masts were snubbed by councillors at a planning meeting.

O2 (UK) Ltd felt were turned down by members of the Development Control Board, who refused both their plans to fix controversial communication poles and boxes in two separate spots.

Both were 12.5 metre-high poles complete with three antennas and an equipment box.

The first was destined for the junction of Bennett's Castle Lane and Wood Lane in Dagenham - 140 metres from St Teresa Primary School.

Resident's objections coupled with the board's refusal blew the application out of the water, as recommended by planning officer Hugo Marchant.

His report to the board claimed O2 submitted no evidence to show a mast was needed at the location.

It further showed the company had not looked into the possibility of sharing a site with an existing mast - of which there are four in the area - something they are encouraged to do.

The second proposal, dealt with at the same meeting on Wednesday, January 17, hoped to place a mast on the Heathway junction with Connor Road, Dagenham.

Members refused this, in line with a report by Development Control officer Matthew Gallagher, which claimed the proposed pole would be an eyesore and detrimental to residents view from houses in the area.

O2 can appeal the decision.
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Source: Barking and Dagenham Post, 25 Jan 2007

Mobile phone use 'linked to tumour' + the Phantom MOA strikes back
United Kingdom Created: 26 Jan 2007
Long-term users of mobile phones are significantly more likely to develop a certain type of brain tumour on the side of the head where they hold their handsets, according to new research.

A large-scale study found that those who had regularly used mobiles for longer than 10 years were almost 40 per cent more likely to develop nervous system tumours called gliomas near to where they hold their phones.

The new research, to be published later this year in the International Journal of Cancer, is the second study to suggest increased risks of specific types of brain tumours in regions close to where mobile phone emissions enter the head.

However, a number of other studies have found no increased health risks associated with mobile phone use.

Prof Lawrie Challis, the chairman of the government-funded Mobile Telecommunications Health Research (MTHR) programme, said last week that most research had shown that mobiles were safe in the short term but that there was a "hint of something" for longer-term users.

Prof Challis, who is negotiating funding for a long-term international study, said last night: "I agree with the authors that this is a hint that needs further exploration. It's further reason why a long-term study is necessary."

Louis Slesin, the editor of Microwave News, a US newsletter on radiation and health that reported the new study, said: "We now have two tumour types found among people who use mobiles for more than 10 years shown by two different research groups. That is compelling evidence."

Researchers from the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority in Finland compared the mobile phone use of 1,521 people with gliomas with that of 3,301 people without the cancers.

Before separating out long-term users or looking at the different risks of developing tumours on the side where users held the phone, the scientists found no link between mobile use and gliomas.

However when they looked only at people who had used a mobile for 10 years or more, they found that they were 39 per cent more likely than average to get a glioma on the side of their head where they held their handset.

Prof Anssi Auvinen, an epidemiologist involved in the study, said: "It seems credible as it was after long-term exposure - which makes sense in terms of the length of time it takes for tumours to develop - and it is localised to the side of the head where the handset is held."

** COMMENT: and now ladies and gentlemen (...drum roll...) give it up for the ubiquitous "anonymous spokesperson" from the mobile phone industry who can rubbish any scientific evidence in one single breath (..crowd goes wild..) : **

A spokesman for the Mobile Operators Association said: "The overall results of this study do not show increased brain tumour risk in relation to mobile phone use. "The findings related to tumour location are difficult to interpret."
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Source: Telegraph, Nic Fleming, 26 Jan 2007, w. comment by Henrik Eiriksson,

Jersey: Experts' mast views 'conflicting' Why wonder? One has Money interests, the other public concern! ** comments**
United Kingdom Created: 25 Jan 2007
Experts' mast views 'conflicting'
People have been asked to share their views at public meetings
The States should not be considering allowing more mobile phone masts in Jersey, according to a politician.
Constable Dan Murphy said there were already too many and evidence from experts had been conflicting.
A World Health Organisation (W.H.O) scientist told a States scrutiny panel that symptoms associated with mast radiation were often psychological.
Biased, No way He Says! Oh Yeah!!, from where does he get his salary????

Last week, expert Barry Trower said living within 500yds (457m) of a mast was a health risk.
Mr Trower has advised government agencies on radio and microwave issues.

Radiation fears:
But Mr Repacholi, who has researched the effect of mobile phone masts for the WHO, told the panel more masts in Jersey would mean lower emissions of radiation. ** COMMENT: (He would would'nt he? It's his only source of income now-adays!) **
He said it was often a case of people getting stressed through misinformation and the fear of radiation was worse than the radiation itself.
The review into mobile phone masts was established after a States debate at the end of last year and people have been encouraged to share their views and health fears at public meetings across the island.
The scrutiny panel will make its findings public in the spring.

From Agnes:
We are looking for the Scientific study on adverse Microwave Radiation effects By Mr. Michael Rapacholi, you know, the one he wrote, while still in Australia, before the industry money started rolling in. It would do nicely here, next to Repaholis "Born again Microwave Radiation" Enthusiast!

Dont worry, Don Maish will probably have it, so keep an eye on this space, as we will return to this subject!
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Source: BBC News, 24 Jan 2007. Informant: Sylvie

Jersey: Are these guys running a THERMAL MICROWAVE Network? ICNIRP ONLY guides against THERMAL RADIATION OVERHEATING!!
United Kingdom Created: 24 Jan 2007
Mast emissions too low to pose a health threat, say operators
JERSEY's two largest mobile phone operators claim that emissions from masts are too low to pose a threat to health.
Appearing before a scrutiny sub-panel yesterday, representatives from Cable & Wireless and Jersey Telecom both argued that any attempt to lower emissions or introduce 'exclusion zones' could make it difficult to run a mobile phone network in the Island.
Both JT and C&W stressed that they abide fully by the "ICNIRP guidelines" - an international standard of "ACCEPTABLE RADIATION" -
arguing that Jersey's level ofemissions is far lower than in many other countries worldwide.

** Comments by Agnes Ingvarsdottir.
Haven´t these guys got something wrong here?
"The ICNIRP GUIDELINES are NOT guidelines for acceptable NON-THERMAL RADIATION"!!
They are ONLY guidelines against THERMAL RADIATION!!
So, are ICNIRP "Guidelines" are not applicable for Non-Thermal Mobile Telephone Microwave Radiation!!
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Source: Sylvie: By Orlando Crowcroft. This is Jersey

Wi - Fi worries
United Kingdom Created: 22 Jan 2007
There are more wireless hotspots in the UK than anywhere else in the world except Ireland.

That's great if you want to connect to the internet on the move, whether by laptop or mobile phone.
But, although the scientists say the technology's perfectly safe, some people believe it's making them ill.

This morning on Breakfast:
Our business reporter Richard Westcott has been investigating their worries.

He talked to one woman, who believes that the electromagnetic radiation generated by WiFi is making her ill. She's using special insulating wallpaper and a detector, to keep her symptoms under control.

And he also talked to a government scientific adviser, Dr Michael Clark, who's sceptical that Wifi can really make you ill.

Watch Richard Westcott's report on WiFi worries:
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Source: BBC News, Richard Westcott, 22 Jan 2007

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