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Threat to church phone masts 'that relay porn'
United Kingdom Created: 12 Mar 2007
The Church of England is facing an embarrassing test case over whether mobile phone masts on steeples are illegal because they can relay pornography.
The church's highest court is to hear an appeal after a diocesan judge ruled that churches were "wrong in law" to "facilitate the transmission of pornography, even in a slight or modest way".

Many parishes have cashed in on the mobile phone boom by charging telecom companies thousands of pounds a year to put antennae on their towers or steeples. Even Guildford cathedral has a mast under its golden angel weather vane.

They were encouraged by official Church guidance, which acknowledged that immoral material can be transmitted by the new technology but argued that any "ill" was outweighed by the benefits.

However, critics said mobile phones can now transmit dangerously obscene internet images and the church should dissociate itself from such technology, especially after the General Synod condemned media exploitation last month.
The contentious issue has now reached the Archbishop of Canterbury's 800-year-old Court of Arches, which is due to hear an appeal against the ruling by the diocese of Chelmsford's consistory court within weeks.
The row began in October when Chancellor George Pulman, Chelmsford's ecclesiastical judge, rejected an application from St Peter and St Paul church in Chingford, north east London, to erect a T-mobile base station in its spire.
In his judgment, Mr Pulman, a QC who also sits as a deputy High Court judge in the Family Division, became the first Chancellor to refuse a faculty on the grounds that "revolting and damaging" pornography could be transmitted by the network. He said that it was "no part of the work or the mission of the Church" to facilitate or gain financial advantage from the transmission of pornography.

He said: "No Church bookstall would consider it appropriate to offer for sale 'top shelf' magazines with their images of sexual titillation or impropriety."
Mr Pulman also attacked local authorities for granting planning permission for such antennae, saying that their social services department were well aware of the dangers to children.
The Rev Chris Newlands, the chaplain to the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Rev John Gladwin, said at the time that this was a landmark ruling.
The MP for Chingford, the former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, said he welcomed the ruling which was a "victory for common sense".
But the judge's words flew in the face of guidance issued in 2002 by the Archbishops' Council after signing a national agreement appointing the QS4 communications company as the Church's approved mast installers.
The council, which is chaired by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, said: "Clearly there is a risk with any communication medium that it will be used for ill; but this has to be balanced against the enormous good which can flow from mobile communications - such as emergency calls, or the simple pleasures of people keeping in touch."
It added, however, that parishes "who feel strongly on this issue should not register with the national scheme".
The Rev Tom Page, the rector of Chingford, and QS4 have now appealed to the Court of Arches.
Church spokesmen declined to comment on the case, saying that it was sub judice.
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Source: Telegraph, Jonathan Petre, 12 Mar 2007

Elizabethan bells ring off
United Kingdom Created: 11 Mar 2007
Bells that rang out at the coronation of Elizabeth I could be silenced by a mobile telephone mast. The parochial church council at Marldon, Devon, is considering plans to install a mobile phone mast on the tower of the 13th-century parish church, but some of the bellringers say that they would be too worried about the potential health risks involved to continue the tradition.
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Source: The Observer, news in brief, 11 Mar 2007

Phone mast fears at new school site
United Kingdom Created: 8 Mar 2007
FEARS have been voiced that a new primary school in north Colchester is being built close to a radio mast.

A public meeting held to discuss the new school was also the subject of criticism after parents and other interested parties were only given a week's notice about the meeting.

The new school on the former Turner Village Hospital site would have spaces for 210 pupils and open in September 2009.

Figures compiled by the county council forecast the area will be lacking 281 school places by the year 2011 and many of those will be in the catchment areas served by Myland Primary School and North Primary School.

A new school has been in the pipeline for the area for ten years.

The meeting on Tuesday night at Myland Primary School heard how a radio mast in the grounds of Colchester General Hospital was close to the proposed school site.

The mast serves the emergency services as well as mobile phone technology and one parent claimed it was “exceptionally close to the school site.”

A spokeswoman for Essex County Council said: “Following on from the public meeting on Tuesday night concerns have been raised by someone about a radio mast.

“We are checking whether that radio mast would impact on the proposed school site at all.

“We are now checking on the intensity of the radio waves from the mast rather than the distance from the school.

“As part of the consultation process we will be feeding back any information to the local community.”

Myland Primary School headteacher David Young also said he found it “surprising that after ten years of waiting we are given a week's notice for such an important issue.”

But the county council spokeswoman said that the meeting had been advertised in the local press and the official consultation document had been delivered to local homes with the meeting details, as well as it being advertised with parish councils.

She added that updates would be put on the county council's website and another meeting would be held before the consultation period ended on April 11.

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Source: East Anglian Daily Times, ANNIE DAVIDSON, 08 Mar 2007

Protest over phone mast plan
United Kingdom Created: 8 Mar 2007
More than 100 campaigners fighting plans for a new mobile phone mast near two Shrewsbury schools are to hold a demonstration at the proposed site.

They will protest against phone giant O2’s plans to site the 41ft antenna next to the junction of Copthorne Park and Copthorne Road.

More than 100 demonstrators are expected at the rally at 3.15pm on Friday. Leading campaigners will also meet with O2 managers and MP Daniel Kawczynski to urge the company to relocate the mast.

They say it is too close to homes and Woodfield County Infant and St George’s Junior schools.

A spokesman for the protesters said today: “We are hoping to get some of the councillors along on Friday as well as children and their parents. There seems to be growing support now for what we are doing.

“We are trying to get as many people as possible on Friday. We will also be meeting O2 and Daniel Kawczynski. I would like for O2 to meet with all of the campaigners face to face.

“There will be a lot of people standing at the mast site with signs saying Say No To O2 which is our campaign.

“We are also trying to get together a formal committee and have started a petition. I am sure we can stop this ma- st going up.”

Councillors rejected the scheme but O2 won a planning appeal last month.

O2 says it has made a significant financial commitment to the site. It claims there is no evidence masts are harmful and it would provide better coverage.

Anti-mast campaigners will meet tomorrow at Woodfield County Infant School, at 7.30pm.

Protesters have also set up an e-mail address for people to share concerns:
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Source: Shropshire Star, 08 Mar 2007

Mast appeal planned
United Kingdom Created: 7 Mar 2007
A ROW OVER the siting of mobile phone masts on church buildings took a new turn this week with news that the Court of Arches is to hear an appeal to stop an Essex parish hosting a mast - A spokesman said part of their appeal was based on the fact that the mobile signals could be transmitting pornography and was therefore not suitable for churches.

In a strongly worded open letter sent to the Archbishop of Canterbury, and other senior Church of England leaders, the Archbishops’ Council has been asked to reconsider the issue of allowing churches to attach transmission masts to their steeples.

St Peter and St Paul Church in Chingford is now appealing to have their decision in the previous Consistory Court - in which they were refused the mast - overturned.

The author of the letter, Stephen Turner, has already opposed St Peter and St Paul Church in Chingford over their plans to allow the construction and is planning to stand against the church in the next court battle. In addition it is estimated that 100 other churches around the country have similar telecommunications masts, oblivious that in addition to supporting a mobile communications network they are possibly distributing x-rated material to web-capable mobile-phone users.

In his letter Mr Turner argues that it was wrong for the Archbishops’ Council to strike up a deal with QS4 (the communications company responsible for the masts) in 2002. “What the Archbishops’ Council appears to be doing is stating that the transmission of pornography can be consistent with the ‘role of the church as a local centre of worship and mission’,” he writes.

“I do not believe that such a position is correct. It is possible that in 2002, the Archbishops’ Council was not fully aware of some of the problems of pornography, which are now well established through research at respected universities and institutes.” Such problems, Mr Turner argues, includes the abuse of children, increased paedophilia, breakdown in marriages, a strong link with rape cases and exposing young people to deviant network users.

Considering that a church can earn £10,000 in rent from installing such a mast, Mr Turner argues whether the financial benefits outweigh the potential damage done by pornography. Although unable to comment on the Chingford case for legal reasons, the Church of England’s general stance is published on a specific website dealing with the transmission issue.

“Clearly there is a risk with any communication medium that it will be used for ill; but this has to be balanced against the enormous good which can flow from mobile communications,” the advice states.

They argue that such positive use of the masts includes emergency calls and the privilege of staying in touch with other mobile users. Continuing they say: “By comparison, the purchase of a TV licence allows access to material that, in the eyes of many, might be unsuitable, particularly for children, but audiences, families, parents etc. must take responsibility for access to such material. “Parishes who feel strongly on this issue should not register with the national scheme.”

They also added that the content available via the new generation of 3G phones was dictated by the Government licence under which the telecommunications companies were permitted to broadcast. But others remain unconvinced by the church’s stance.

In refusing the Chingford parish permission, diocesan Chancellor George Pullman QC said that it was no “part of the work or the mission of the Church to facilitate the transmission of pornography whether from the internet or privately created.” Continuing he said: “No Church bookstall would consider it appropriate to offer for sale ‘top shelf’ magazines with their images of sexual titillation or impropriety.

“In my judgment it is not for the Church to facilitate access to pornography. But this is what the Church of England would now be doing if these antennae were allowed.” Ironically, during question time at last week’s Synod the Archbishops’ Council confirmed that the QS4 contract would terminate in May this year — but for contractual reasons unrelated to pornography.

However, a spokesman for the Church of England said this was no reason for churches to terminate other contracts or enter into new ones with other telecommunications companies.
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Source: Religious Intelligence, Matthew Cresswell, 06 Mar 2007

MP to Council: 'Reject mobile phone mast'
United Kingdom Created: 7 Mar 2007
MP Norman Baker has today strongly urged Wealden District Council, to reject the application to erect a telecommunications mast at Church Farm, Eckington Corner, Ripe.
The proposed mast would be 20 metres high, and be based approximately 50 metres from the Ripe Conservation Area and just 150 metres or so from Ripe Nursery School.

Mr Bake, the MP for Lewes, pointed out the independent Stewart Report, originally published in May 2000, reported that a five-year-old child may absorb up to 60% more of the radio frequencies used by mobile phones than an adult would and urged caution with the siting of telecommunications equipment where children were nearby.

Mr Baker said:,'A great many of my constituents have contacted me on this issue, many of whom have children that attend Ripe Nursery School, and it is clear that they are very worried.

'Some have even stated that if the proposed mast goes ahead they will remove there children from the school.'

'The independent Stewart Report, rightly in my view, recommended that a prudent approach should be taken where children are involved. For that reason I am urging Wealden District Council to reject the application.'
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Source: Lewes Today, 07 Mar 2007

Group calls for mast meeting
United Kingdom Created: 5 Mar 2007
Residents protesting against plans for a mobile phone mast near their homes in Shrewsbury have called for a face-to-face meeting with company bosses.
More than 150 campaigners turned out at a meeting last night to discuss phone giant O2’s plans for the mast in Copthorne.
The company recently won an appeal to site the 41ft antenna on land next to the junction of Copthorne Park and Copthorne Road. Councillors had initially rejected the scheme, after opposition from 79 residents who believe it will be an eyesore.
They also fear it is too close to nearby properties, Woodfield County Infant School and St George’s Junior School.
A spokesman for the campaigners said: “We have no say over the matter now, so we want to see if someone from O2 will come and explain it to people and give them peace of mind.
“There were O2 customers at the meeting last night who said there is a good signal already and they questioned why they would want a new mast.”

The group is also calling for residents across Shrewsbury to support them in their fight as they believe the current case could set a precedent for the town.
O2 has defended the mast, saying it has made a significant financial commitment to the site.
Residents now plan to stage a demonstration at the proposed site on Friday.
They have also set up an e-mail address,, where people can contact them and share their concerns.
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Source: Shropshire Star, 05 Mar 2007

Bikers say no to pub phone mast
United Kingdom Created: 5 Mar 2007
Bikers protesting against plans for a controversial mobile phone mast outside a pub and near homes have found an unlikely ally in a group of pensioners.

Dozens of leather-clad bikers and their gleaming machines turned up for a protest against proposals by T-Mobile to build a mast next to the King Edward VII pub in Aylsham Road, Norwich.

But joining forces with the bikers, pub regulars, and neighbours, were pensioners from the nearby Edmund Bacon Court residential complex, also in Aylsham Road.

At the weekend they stood united in their opposition to the mast in the pub's car park with cards pleading No Mast Here Please.

Trevor Elphick, 72, who has lived at Edmund Bacon Court for the past three years, said: “I think they've got to put a stop to it, it's getting out of control - we will soon have more masts than lampposts.”

Jack Stewart, 77, who has been at the complex with his wife June for three years, said he was supporting the protest for people at Edmund Bacon Court who wore pacemakers. “They're a bit worried that it could do them some harm - we're told it won't but it might do,” he said.

The campaign against the mast, which will be opposite a 12-apartment development which has yet to be built, has attracted almost 400 signatures.

Vicki Smith, 34, landlord of the King Edward VII pub, said the mast would not only be out of keeping with the character of the area, but would endanger the safety of motorists and bikers trying to leave the car park on to the busy Aylsham Road.

“Putting something else on the pavement will make visibility for people coming out of the car park even worse,” she said.

Mile Cross councillor and Norwich City Council leader Steve Morphew, who helped to organise the demonstration, said the mast was not welcome in the area.

“The mast would obscure a traditional pub and equipment would block up access which is used for motorbikes,” he said.

Last month the Evening News reported how a T-Mobile spokesman said the mast was needed to provide a “quality service” in the area.

Are you fighting a mobile phone mast where you live? Call Peter Walsh on 01603 772439 or e-mail
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Source: Norwich Evening News, 05 Mar 2007

Now show us the (industry) money Mike...
United Kingdom Created: 5 Mar 2007
Jersey Airtel funded Mike Repacholi's visit to the Jersey scrutiny board.

Health, Social Services and Housing Panel
Telephone Mast Review

Following is an extract from Jersey scrutiny board hearing transcript (see link below):

Mr. D. Watson (Chief Executive Officer, Jersey Airtel)
The licence does include compliance with the ICNIRP standards as I am sure you are aware. In terms of the measurement, there is a requirement of planning approval that we estimate the emission levels from each of our. They will vary because of different factors as you have heard before. So, we have to install them and within a 12-month period after it is operational, we have to have it (the emission levels) measured . So far, as I said earlier, we have one site operational which we have already checked. It is incredibly low. It will be higher than it is now because once we are commercially operational, the traffic volumes will obviously increase the emission levels. So there is the requirement to check it. Once the equipment is checked - and I am told there should not really be any need for it - but I would be quite happy for our sites to be subject to a regular long as it is at a sensible interval. I have been very much involved in tjhis issue over the last 6 months or more and I do appreciate the level of emotion that exists in people’s minds. There are some people who I am sure are genuinely concerned about the health risk and I understand that. Myself and Jersey Airtel are quite happy to do what is sensible and necessary to help to address those concerns of the public and to help manage their perception.

Senator B.E. Shenton:
Can I just go on one step from that? May I just thank Jersey Airtel for funding Michael Repacholi’s visit yesterday which was very interesting.

Mr. D. Watson:
It is a pleasure.

See following link for entire document:

I can't find any Repacholi transcript or document on the Jersey scrutiny board website (can anyone help find it so we can publish it here?), but there are some really interresting snippets to be read there:

Ms. N. Langley-Smith:
Dr. Stather, Nicola Langley-Smith. You mentioned in your talk about the fact that children should not really use mobile phones too much.

Mr. Stather (this is Dr. J. W. Stather of the Health Protection Agency, Radiation Protection Division):
That was the advice of the group.

Ms. N. Langley-Smith:
And it was precautionary. We ought to be, you know, looking after our children. At what age do you think that the immune system of children is fully developed and at what age do you think it is safe for children to use mobile phones?

Mr. J. Stather:
There is no answer to that is there? I know Bill Stewart, the chairman, has been asked that a number of times and, you know, I --

Ms. N. Langley-Smith:
So when do you think the immune system is fully developed?

Mr. J. Stather:
It is progressive, is it not?

Ms. N. Langley-Smith:
It is progressive. So it is not fully developed with any specific age?

Mr. J. Stather:

Ms. N. Langley-Smith:
Could you tell me why Mr. Repacholi said categorically in his submission that after the age of 2 children’s immune systems are fully developed and, therefore, it is completely safe for children to use mobile phones whenever they want? Please remember he was brought over by Jersey Airtel.

Mr. J. Stather:
Well, I would not say that. It seems to me not unreasonable to say that if any group of the population is more sensitive than others or more susceptible than others for whatever reason, then it is more likely to be children.

Ms. N. Langley-Smith:
So, you are disagreeing with him. Thank you.

Mr. J. Stather:
I know Mike Repacholi quite well, you know. Obviously he was involved in the World Health Organisation programme and led that very well for a long time.

See following link for complete document:

See David LeLoup's blog (click on "source link" below) for a detailed article on Mike Repacholi's double-life within the W.H.O and the industry.
The link translates from French to English via Google translation.
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Source: David LeLoup, informant: Iris Atzmon, 04 Mar 2007

A Comment by Agnes to: The End Is Near. (Dr. George Carlo)
United Kingdom Created: 4 Mar 2007
Dr. Carlo came to Westminster, but the “Legislators” stayed away, so did most MP´s including my own, Mr. Bill Wiggin. Herfordshire.
(There is Too Much Cash at stake here for the "Labour Government Treasury", (and very Sadly the Conservative ditto seem to see this as a fine potential Cash Cow as well, But All the initial cash paid for licenses Has Been Spent Already by Gordon Brown, with Absolutely Nothing To Show for it, its just Gone! Wasted!)

The press was in Westminster in abundance, but there has been not a word about it in the papers.
Why not?
Again we get to the sore point of cash in hand!
Whole Page adverts by the industry.
Even ¼ adverts create cash-flow for the printed press.
The written press is so Stupid they can’t fathom, that event if they printed points of view that goes against the advertised manipulations of their advertisers, the advertisers would Still have to buy the advertising space.
They Cannot Afford Not To!
If they Did Not they would be Invisible, and they would Disappear!

On the net?
Who would search to find them?
They, the Industry know that, but not the printed press, they (the printed press) are so obsessed with the prospects of being described as a “Dinosaur” that they are loosing out Big Time on the activity of the net-press!
But, Where Else Could The Industry Go “To Reach The Masses”? if not to the conventional Printed Press?

Dr. George Carlo was asked by the citizens of the British Isle of Jersey to please come and help them with convincing their “Scrutiny committee” who had had the “Dubious Honor” of having the “WHO Representative” Michael Repacholi (How is it that in my mind it is lodged that, he works for the industry?, and has long gone (by popular demand) from the WHO? )

Dr. Carlo waived his fee in Rancho Santa Fe, just outside San Diego, BUT So He Did In Jersey, UK.
(a very small island).
The Jersey people bought his plane ticket.
He came over to Jersey late afternoon, after hours.
He gave his best (and that is saying something) at the Scrutiny Committee meeting late that day.
He was housed and fed locally and privately by the Anti-Mast people.

If he, Dr. Carlo, has not won the Scrutiny Committee over to his concerns at the meeting it is only because they have already decided that the Mobile Communication Industries “Cash in Hand” is more Important Now to their treasury, than their obligation to the health of their citizens and their children, in years to come.

Guys! I and my family have, and run a private independent company.
But the BIG Difference Is: We Are No Prostitutes!
Best regards.
Agnes Ingvarsdottir.
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

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