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Locals will fight phone mast plan
United Kingdom Created: 9 Feb 2007
Malvern: PICKERSLEIGH Road residents are fighting proposals for a 40ft phone mast right outside their front doors.

Mobile phone company Hutchison 3G has applied for planning permission for the mast and base station on a grassy verge near the junction with North End Lane.

"None of us are happy about the mast at all. It is just too close. It will be higher than the houses, lamposts and telegraph poles," said Victor Turner, whose front door will be barely 100 yards from the 12.5m mast.
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He said the batteries and equipment at the foot of the mast could be a health hazzard and said residents were worried about what would happen if a car hit the mast and it fell on to nearby homes. The proposed mast would be near a road junction, where there have been accidents in the past.

"It shouldn't be in a residential area. It's just not safe. An industrial estate would be more suitable," said Mr Turner.

Hilda Forsyth said she and other residents would do everything they could to stop the mast.

"We're not having it here and that's final," she said.

Hutchison 3G originally applied for permission for the slimline, single pole phone mast on land behind Bicknells garage, but this site is no longer available.

In a statement supporting the current planning application, Hutchison 3G says the mast will be painted green to match nearby lampposts and will be partly screened by the mature trees in Pickersleigh Road.

The mast is needed to provide digital and video mobile phone services for the Pickersleigh area of Malvern.

Hutchison 3G corporate affairs manager Mike Dobson said the mast was a modest, single pole with three shrouded antennae.

He said its transmissions would be well below the World Health Organisation's guideleines for telecoms structures.

Residents living close to the mast site will be sending their objections to Malvern Hills District Council's planning department.
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Source: Malvern Gazette, Sue Vickers, 09 Feb 2007

MP: "The operators are running roughshod over the area"
United Kingdom Created: 9 Feb 2007
Mobile phone mast plans spark anger
A row has erupted over plans for a new (3G) mobile phone mast between Chorley and Leyland.
Mobile phone giant Hutchisons 3G is planning to erect a 15-metre mast and associated equipment on land west of The Hayrick pub, Wigan Road, Clayton-le-Woods.

The site is near the M6 and less than a mile from the planned location in Lancaster Lane for another new mobile phone mast by 02.

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle is among those wanting to know why two phone giants can't share a mast.

Mr Hoyle said: "This time Chorley council has to recognise that the operators are running roughshod over the area. The council should take a stand that operators should look towards mast-sharing.

"We know that they keep coming back asking to erect more and more of these masts. They are a blot on the landscape and are not very attractive visually.

"They are not good for the area and to bring in more of them is unacceptable. The companies should be considering the communities where they are building the masts and also that the residents are their customers and they should therefore be reasonable with their proposals."

Dave Dargan, landlord of the Hayrick pub, said he'll also be writing a letter of objection to the council.

"Why can't these companies share phone masts?" he asked. "There are more and more of them. I know the companies themselves will say there's no proof of any threat to health but what if they're wrong."

Martin's newsagents on Wigan Road, formerly Forbouys, have written to Chorley Council objecting to the plans for the mast.

A member of staff, who asked not be named, said: "It is ridiculous to see all these phone masts going up in the area. Not only are they an eysesore, but there are also concerns that they could harm your health.

"I do get a lot of customers coming in who aren't happy with this application, especially older people who have concerns for their health. I don't understand why every company has to have their own mast.

"They should share the masts and then there wouldn't be so many and it would probably be cheaper for them. We don't want another phone mast."

Brian Spooner, of Hutchison3G, said: "I question the comment by the local MP that operators are running roughshod over the area.

"In this instance the company is informing the public of a proposal to locate the mobile phone base station in the locality, as part of a voluntary consultation process with an open and honest approach.

"With regard to mast sharing, the first part of any process to find a location is to look at existing operators' masts to see if they are suitable.

"In this instance we investigated the possibilty of using an existing mast at Lydiate Farm, but its location would not provide adequate coverage to the area of service."
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Source: Leyland Today, 08 Feb 2007

Phone mast ‘unlikely’ to be given go-ahead
United Kingdom Created: 8 Feb 2007
MOBILE phone giant O2 is considering whether to submit a planning application for a massive telecommunications mast in Royston.

And it has been told that any such proposals would probably be turned down.

Under planning rules North Herts District Council has to be approached to comment on the proposals before a planning application is submitted.

A district council spokesman said it has been told about the proposals to erect a 73ft mast on a site at the Royston telephone exchange.

The district council had told O2 that it would be "unlikely" to accept a proposal due to its height and its position on the edge of a conservation area.

National Grid Wireless, which is acting as agent for O2, said it was currently examining responses to the mast proposal.

Once this has taken place it will decide on "a way forward".

Meanwhile, Dr Stephanie North, a member of protest groups that includes residents in Palace Gardens and Kneesworth Street, Royston, said: "We will have to wait to see where it goes from here."

She said the district council had made a "sensible response" to the proposal.

"It is now back in the court of the company," she said.

National Grid Wireless said it chose the site at the telephone exchange because it had a lack of coverage in the area.

"The telephone exchange was the only site able to provide the coverage lacking in the area," it said.

It added: "The visual impact of the proposed mast has been kept to a minimum.

"It is a slim design and its height is needed to provide the required coverage.
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Source: Hertz 24 - Royston Crow, 8 Feb 2007

Pub regulars win phonemast fight
United Kingdom Created: 8 Feb 2007
Regulars at a city pub are today raising their glasses after people power helped convince council bosses to throw out plans for a mast near their local.

Bosses at telecommunications company T-Mobile have been told to axe proposals for a 12m mast on Grove Road after more than 100 people signed a petition against it.

City council planning officers used delegated powers to refuse consent for the mast, which would have been installed next to a parade of shops and opposite an eight-apartment development which is currently under construction.

Chris Higgins, landlord of the Trafford pub, which is close to the site of the proposed mast, said he was pleased the council had thrown out the plans.

“We often feel that our voice isn't heard, but we're pleased at this result,” he said.

More than 100 people signed a petition which started after Mr Higgins began canvassing the views of regulars at his pub.

He said: “What we were doing was asking for people's opinions as a lot of residents frequent the pub - a lot of people weren't even aware it was taking place.”

Are you battling against a mobile phone mast where you live? Call Peter Walsh on 01603 772439 or e-mail peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

Mr Higgins said concern about the mast did not just revolve around the possible health effects, but also the physical impact of the mast in a built-up, residential area.

“They're not aesthetically pleasing at all - they are tall and ugly,” he said.

The Evening News has fought 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.

Last month it was reported how John Pillow, manager of Mobility 2000 on Grove Road - next to the site of the proposed mast - said he was concerned about the effect the mast would have on his business.

In a letter sent out to people living in the area, planning officer Sue Fletcher said the application would be refused after the consultation period expired yesterday. “We have delegated powers to deal with non-major applications where there are objections but we are refusing consent, so it will not be reported to committee,” she said.

“Had we been recommending approval and there were objections, it would be a committee decision. Anyone who made a representation (to date about 18 including a petition) will receive a letter notifying them of the decision.”

A spokesman for T-Mobile said they were awaiting the reason for refusal and would make a decision about what to do next after that.

“We still have to provide a service for that area, so we will be looking at the options available to us,” he said.
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Source: Evening News 24, PETER WALSH, 8 Feb 2007

Tower of Dissent
United Kingdom Created: 8 Feb 2007
The third public meeting was held last night on a subject that has polarized a substantial portion of the Bayville population.

Village Mayor Victoria Siegel and the Village trustees last night allowed representatives of the Nassau County police and fire departments to present their argument that the Village must allow the County to install a new, T-band, digital turnkey radio system on its water tower.

The system would be composed of multiple antennas and electromagnetic microwave dishes, as well as a substantial shed at the base of the tower.

The audience, assembled in the auditorium of the Bayville Intermediate School, heard from a panel of the proposal’s supporters before the floor was opened to questions and comments.

The reasons why:

Proponents of the system insist that it would greatly enhance the communication capabilities of the County’s first responders throughout Long Island. It would allow Nassau to have its own unique frequency, they say, an improvement over the current system of sharing a UHF band with municipalities in New Jersey. This, the County claims, has forced its emergency personnel to transmit at levels that do not interfere with co-users but that limit radio traffic capacity.

The County also insists that coverage itself would be far more comprehensive and reliable, allowing solid interoperability with all of Nassau and Suffolk counties, New York City, and three miles out into Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.

Early last month, County Executive Tom Suozzi held a press conference and hit out at local Long Island governments that he claimed were compromising public safety by refusing to allow antennas to be placed on their water towers.

Opposition to the antennas stems from fears of the radiation generated by the microwave dishes, especially as the water tower is cattycorner to the Bayville Primary School.

First to take the podium was County Police Deputy Inspector Ed Horace. Mr. Horace said that three key points would be illustrated throughout the night: that putting the antennas up will benefit Bayville and all of Nassau County, that Bayville’s water tower is critical to the plan to improve coverage throughout Long Island, and that there are absolutely no health risks whatsoever.

Also speaking were County Police Commissioner James H. Lawrence, Assistant County Chief Fire Marshall Peter Meade, independent consultant Ron Petersen, and Stephanie Walsh, a project site reviewer for Motorola, which has been awarded the contract to install and operate the system.

The Bayville Fire Department submitted a letter read by Mayor Siegel urging support for the proposal. Regardless of whether this particular proposal was judged to be safe or not, the letter said, it was imperative that communications be improved.

“After 9/11, those of us in law enforcement took a step back and examined the way we do public security,” Commissioner Lawrence told the audience. “I am aware that a lot of you are here because of the things that you have heard. I ask you to just look at the facts.”

The Commissioner said that the current system, erected in 1982, is inadequate and “partially unsafe” because of its spotty coverage. He called it “disheartening” that it was necessary to invoke memories of 9/11 to underscore the need for improved communications. Many first responders lost their lives that day due to inadequate radio communications, he said.

Ron Petersen and Motorola’s Stephanie Walsh were there to offer more in-depth analyses of the safety issues. Mr. Petersen has a consulting firm and is also a former chairman of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Initial Committee on Electromagnetic Safety. He is currently secretary of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Study (EMBS) Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR).

The panel took pains to convey that there was nothing arbitrary in the selection of Bayville as a necessary site. A team of engineers scouted the island for locations, Ms. Walsh said, and a refusal by Bayville to take part in the project would affect the entire communication chain.

She said the sites on which the engineers settled are “absolutely the sites we need”, and that, “We simply can’t meet the required coverage needs without Bayville.”

Individuals on both sides of the debate came armed with studies, reports and statistics about the system’s safety.

Ron Petersen quoted the World Health Organization (WHO), the IEEE and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radio Protection to back up his assurance that the level of radiation generated is less than one-tenth of the maximum allowed by the US Federal Communications Commission and other national agencies.

His argument is also supported by the report summarizing an independent study commissioned by the Village and available on the Village website that reads, “The expected increases of electromagnetic radiation levels are small in Bayville, because the energy radiated by the proposed antennas would go far overhead. It would be very weak when it reaches a few people in Mill Neck. There should be no fear of microwave or other Radio Frequency exposure to adults or small children living in Bayville or attending either Bayville school.”

Mr. Petersen said that it is easy to Google the topic and access a multitude of articles and reports purporting to be from experts that paint a frightening picture of electromagnetic radiation. But documents that withstand the scientific process and peer review, he said, support his argument.

Every resident who spoke expressed some degree of disapprobation for the proposal. Some cited studies and documents, the validity of each Mr. Petersen dismissed. Most, however, cited a lack of solid documentation either way.

The precautionary principle:

The EPA and WHO continue to study the possibility of links between electromagnetic radiation and health problems such as developmental difficulties in children and cancer. “These are living documents. If anything is found….then the standard will be changed,” Mr. Petersen said.

Residents who spoke out at last night’s meeting, however, don’t want to wait for any if. They would rather operate according to the precautionary principle that is now the rule in several countries and a few American municipalities regarding environmental issues. The principle states – very roughly – that where an activity raises concerns about public or environmental health, the burden of proof is on those carrying out the activity, rather than the public.

Those who raised their hands to speak at last night’s meetings indicated that, to them, the proponents of this plan have not satisfactorily discharged that burden. One resident seemed to sum up the sentiments of the majority when she told the panel, “The bottom line is: you don’t know.”

Several referred to the once-imagined safety of asbestos, tobacco, hormone replacement therapy and the air quality at Ground Zero.

One resident presented Mayor Siegel and the Village trustees with a petition containing over 250 signatures urging them to block the proposal. After she had given it to them, the resident said it was “an insult to hide behind the cloak of 9/11 and homeland security.”

Several expressed concern and support for firefighters and the police, but said that any communications benefits offered by the system did not outweigh the uncertainty. “We have to ask ourselves: is the tradeoff worth it?” said Joseph DiGennaro.

Resident Beverly Pacifico took the podium and spoke of taking her school-aged son to a chemo treatment that very day as part of his battle against leukemia. She was one of many who said that no risk to the health of the Village’s children was acceptable.

Also at issue was the fact that Bayville already had 52 antennas on its water tower, largely belonging to cell phone carriers who pay the village for the space.

“I wouldn’t be that concerned if there wasn’t already so much equipment there. I know from the outside, it looks like we’re resisting something that’s helping us, but that’s really not the case,” said Chris Zino, a Bayville resident and volunteer firefighter for Oyster Bay.

Mr. Zino questioned the legality of this arrangement, in lieu of a deed dating back to the 1950’s that prohibited commercial use of the water tower. Mayor Siegel replied that the Village barred cell phone companies from using the tower for years until being advised by their counsel in 2003 that the clause to which Mr. Zino referred had expired.

In answer to a question from resident Mary Pell, the Mayor said that the Village could only legally remove the antennas of companies with which it had contract if it relocated the antennas to another location within the Village.

Ms. Pell asked when those contracts expired, and was told by Mayor Siegel that that issue would be looked into.

The meeting began at 7:30 and ended promptly at 9:00. When several in the audience called out questions as to whether there would be any more meetings on the subject, Mayor Siegel replied that the vote would be carried out publicly.

No date for the vote has been released.
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Source: The Northender, Brian Brennan, 2 Feb 2007

Radiation expert is to tell Tetra 'horror story'
United Kingdom Created: 8 Feb 2007
AN EXPERT in microwave research will warn people in Dorchester of the potential horrors he claims a new telecommunications mast would bring to the town.

Barrie Trower will argue at a public meeting that at least three per cent of residents living near the proposed mast site will fall ill as a result.

He says women, children and the elderly will be most at risk from the symptoms, which he claims range from leukaemia and sleep deprivation to depression and migraines.

A planning application has been submitted by Airwave O2 to erect the Terrestrial Trunked Radio (Tetra) mast on top of the Keep Military Museum in Bridport Road.

If approved it will provide a secure digital radio network for the emergency services.

The firm says the 'innovative mast' falls well within radiation emission requirements and will benefit Dorchester.

But councillors Leslie Phillips and David Barrett organised the meeting after residents aired their fears over potential health risks.

Mr Trower, a scientific adviser to the Radiation Research Trust, will be speaking at the meeting. In October last year he addressed the National Assembly for Wales on the topic.

"I'll argue there will be a minimum of three per cent of the population living near the mast that will fall ill," he said.

"They won't know initially the mast is to blame. Doctors aren't trained to recognise the symptoms so they'll be looking for problems that aren't there."

Mr Trower said he would present the latest research into associated health risks at the meeting.

"We've seen leukaemia clusters and hundreds of people ill around these masts, but nothing is said or done," Mr Trower said.

"Right now there's no law to touch it. Until the bubble bursts and there's a full public enquiry they're going to keep getting away with it."

Mr Trower, the author of the Tetra Report for the Police Federation of England and Wales, urged people to attend the meeting.

"If you're interested in your family's health, come along," he said. "The whole thing is a horror story from start to finish."

Radiation Research Trust chairman Mike Bell and West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin will also speak at the meeting.

Coun Barrett added: "No long-term studies have yet been completed that can reassure the public there's no risk to their health from the emissions of these masts.

"The effect of these masts, with exposure to radiation levels and pulsing effects, is a very worrying and serious concern."

But Airwave O2 spokesman Ray Weldon played down fears, adding: "Our proposal is wholly compliant with the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection requirements.

"Not only does our proposal meet emission levels, it's actually hundreds if not thousands of times less than them. That's all we can do, we don't set the levels."

The meeting starts at 7.30pm next Friday at the Corn Exchange in North Square.
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Source: Dorset Echo, Ian McDonald, 2 Feb 2007

Government Inspector throws out mast plan
United Kingdom Created: 8 Feb 2007
A VICTORY for common sense. That is how a decision to refuse permission for a mobile phone mast to be put up near homes has been described.

Phone giants O2 appealed to the government when Bournemouth council turned down its application for a mast on land at the back of Warnford Road.

But an inspector has backed residents and has told O2 to go back to the drawing board.

Inspector Phil Grainger, appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said the proposed mast would adversely affect the quality of life for nearby residents, who have been concerned about health implications.

"It would be plainly visible from some houses and the concern caused would detract from the well-being of their occupiers," the inspector concluded. "I dismiss the appeal."

O2 applied for permission for the mast due to concerns over limited reception in the area.

But the inspector concluded it had not properly examined other potential sites further away from homes and schools, such as Iford playing fields or Iford Meadows.

Cllr Dr John Millward said: "This is a victory for common sense and it will give hope to other people who are campaigning against phone masts. As far as I am concerned there is no doubt that this technology is harmful."

The proposed mast would have been disguised as a telegraph pole, another element which provoked criticism from Dr Millward.

He added: "People should know where they are and how many of them there are - they should not be disguised." But he warned: "People want mobile phones with good reception but they don't want masts. It is something everyone should think about."
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Source: This Is Dorset, Jane Reader, 7 Feb 2007

Phone mast blunder shock for scared mum
United Kingdom Created: 7 Feb 2007
A MUM of three has spoken of her shock at discovering plans are under way to build a 20-metre tall mobile phone mast next door to her home.

Fleur Bateman was completely unaware of the proposal until she saw her house listed in a planning application printed in the News.

She is now terrified the mast could pose a serious danger to the health of her children said she is prepared to leave her house and make herself homeless rather than live next to the mast.

She is also scared her job as a childminder could end if worried parents withdraw their youngsters from her care.

Sobbing, she said: "I feel very scared. I watched my best friend die of leukaemia. I'm so terrified about this going through, and I've been told there's a good chance it will do. If I stay here for another 15 years, which of my children could be dead by then? There is no way I can allow this to happen."

Fleur, 38, is also fuming that Huntingdonshire District Council did not write to tell her of the proposals before details were released to the press, despite her house - The Whitehouse in Great Paxton - being named in the planning application as a reference point for the mast.

She said: "Nobody let us know, I've got children and this mast is going to be radiating straight into their bedrooms. Everyone I spoke to at the school was appalled."

Fleur contacted the council on Thursday to ask why neither she, nor her mother who runs the Whitehouse Cottage Guest House next door, had received a letter, and was told it was an administrative oversight. The next day a letter arrived for both her and her mother, who is currently seriously ill in hospital.

Fleur is now trying to form a protest group - but the failure of the district council to get in touch sooner has given her less than three weeks to get organised.

Villagers, also shocked by the news, are rallying to oppose the plans and are expected to pack a parish council meeting, where the proposals will be discussed on Monday, February 12. Fleur has also sent out 400 leaflets to people in Great Paxton, and said she has been flooded with calls of support since doing so.

A district council spokesperson said the council had been unaware there were two separate Whitehouse properties, and this had caused confusion.

Mobile phone giants T-mobile, which plans to put up the 20-metre monopole, said the health of its customers was paramount and it would continue to carry out tests and review research into whether masts are harmful to people's health.
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Source: Cambridge Evening News, 06 Feb 2007

Carrott to take mast fight to Commons
United Kingdom Created: 4 Feb 2007
He is one of the Midlands funniest and richest men - Yet he doesn't own a microwave on health grounds.
Now, Jasper Carrott is prepared to be labelled a nimby after a "connections box" put up at the end of his garden turned out to be a 50ft rail telecommunications mast.

Next month, Carrott who said the Network Rail mast had been erected without the knowledge of residents – will head to Westminster to meet MPs and scientists to find out more about the potential dangers of the structures.
The masts, which are being rolled out across the country's railway network to provide better coverage between drivers and signallers, are in response to averting another Ladbroke Grove accident. They do not require any planning permission.
Carrott, who lives in Darley Green, near Dorridge, Solihull, said: "I'm in the same position as everyone else who finds a huge mast at the bottom of their garden.

"I don't know how dangerous they are or if they are at all. I'm not a scientist, I can only read and try and find out. But there are 2,200 going up around the country and no one seems to know anything about them."
The mast was erected to the north of Chessetts Wood Road towards the end of last year. In October Carrott, who made his debut in The Birmingham Post rich list this month at number 48 with an estimated £50 million fortune, received a letter from Network Rail contractors asking if they could use his land to install a "connections box".
Despite assurances they would leave the land secured, contractors repeatedly left gates open, he claimed. On the third occasion, the family asked the contractors to leave.
"Before they left they told us they would have been gone by the next day anyway because the mast would be up by then," he said. "It was the first we knew about it.
"We were concerned firstly because of having a 50ft mast at the bottom of the garden and secondly because of the ramifications of radiation being pulsed out 24 hours a day.
"I've always been aware of effects of radiation, we've never had a microwave for example, and the danger from electrical pylons, but all this takes time to filter into into public consciousness."
When he "delved deeper" on the internet, he found substantial amount of research claiming to link phone mast radiation with damage to health, including cancers.
"When I found out these masts had to be every four miles, I thought, what's going on?" he said. "No one knows about them until they've gone up.
"If you talk to Network Rail they say they are very open about the process. But it has only been when I've insisted that they've informed everyone around me.
"The local council is powerless," he added. "But if you put a 13-foot pair of metal gates on your drive for security, the council is down on you like a ton of bricks."
Carrott feels so strongly he plans to travel to London for the meeting on February 22, to hear renowned US scientist Dr George Carlo address MPs and Sir William Stewart, UK Health Protection Agency chairman.
"Everyone should be concerned as to the possible dangers but the general feeling is, 'it's all being done and it's all safe'," he said. "What do I know? I'm a comic from Birmingham. But I'm on the receiving end of one of these masts and I need to know more for my own peace of mind."
A spokesman for Network Rail said they had contacted Warwick District Council before building the mast.
"After he (Mr Carrott) raised concerns about a site near Dorridge we stopped work and examined the possibility of moving it. Any move could only take it closer to people's home so we therefore continued construction but first we wrote twice to local residents."
Caroline Spelman MP (Con Meriden) has been battling for the law to be changed to require Network Rail to seek planning permission for their masts.
"It is currently is very harsh on residents who can find their homes blighted by masts being put up behind their property without warning," she said.
Jasper wrote to Network Rail to find out where sites of the masts along the Snow Hill to Leamington were planned. They are as follows
* Snow Hill Station: Network Rail is in consultation with the city council on where an appropriate site might be
* Small Heath: mast not built yet but site earmarked on Anderton Road. No residential buildings close by
* Solihull: south of Princes Wayon, not built yet
* Dorridge: built, to the North of Chessetts Wood Road
* Lapworth: built, to the north of Dicks Lane, Rowington. It was relocated after complaints from neighbours
* Leamington Spa: not built, sited close to the station car park. It was moved to ensure it was further away from homes and the height of the mast was cut by 10 metres
Completion of all these masts will take place by April, and Network Rail said the total could rise to eight or nine
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Source: Birmingham Post, Emma Pinch, 31 Jan 2007

Phone mast is no laughing matter for comic
United Kingdom Created: 4 Feb 2007
MIDLAND funnyman Jasper Carrott is worried after a huge rail telecoms mast was put up at the bottom of his garden near Solihull.
Carrott, one of the area's richest men, is to meet MPs and scientists at Westminster over the 50ft mast at Darley Green, Dorridge, to find out more about the potential dangers of the structures.
Carrott said the Network Rail mast had been erected without the knowledge of residents.
The masts are being rolled out across the rail network to provide better communication between train drivers and signallers and to avert another Ladbroke Grove-type accident. They do not require planning permission.
Carrott said: "I'm in the same position as everyone else who finds a huge mast at the bottom of their garden.
"I don't know how dangerous they are or if they are at all. I'm not a scientist, I can only read and try to find out. But there are 2,200 going up around the country and no one seems to know anything about them."
The mast was erected to the north of Chessetts Wood Road towards the end of last year.
In October Carrott, who has an estimated £50 million fortune, received a letter from Network Rail contractors asking if they could use his land to install a "connections box".
"We were concerned firstly because of having a 50ft mast at the bottom of the garden - and secondly because of the ramifications of radiation being pulsed out 24 hours a day.
"I've always been aware of effects of radiation - we've never had a microwave at home, for example - and the danger from electrical pylons, but all this takes time to filter into into public consciousness."
When the comedian delved deeper on the internet, he found substantial research claiming to link phone mast radiation with damage to health, including cancers.
"When I found out these masts had to be every four miles, I thought, what's going on?" he said. "No-one knows about them until they've gone up.
"Network Rail they say they are very open about the process. But it has only been when I've insisted that they've informed everyone around me.
"The local council is powerless," he added.
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir from Birmingham Mail 310107

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