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Objectors fear new 5G phone masts at Brixham could harm rare bats
United Kingdom Created: 7 Feb 2020
People are objecting to two new mobile phone masts for the new 5G network at Brixham because of concerns the radio waves could harm wildlife.

They say the new higher towers will be ugly and have also raised concerns about the effect of the technology on human health.

Nearby Berry Head National Nature Reserve is home to an important colony of the rare greater horseshoe bat, which is protected under planning law.

Objectors are raising concerns that the higher frequency waves used by the new masts could interfere with the bats.

The creatures use echo-location from a high-pitched call to navigate through their surroundings.

The nature reserve also has a population of a rare bird, called the cirl bunting.

Campaigners say there is evidence that 5G radio waves can affect the natural behaviour of animals and insects.

Planning applications have been submitted for replacements masts at two sports grounds - Brixham Athletic Football Club in Wall Park Road, and Brixham Rugby Club at Astley Park off Rea Barn Road.

The Brixham football club plan would see a 17m pole replaced with a 20m tower.

The scheme for the rugby ground is for a 20m tower to replace a 15m pole.

The new 5th Generation mobile phone technology uses higher frequency signals which do not travel as far.

So more base stations are needed and the masts are higher to avoid being blocked by buildings and trees.

Both applications at Brixham are from Mobile Broadband Network Limited, a joint venture between the networks EE and Three.

One objector to the Wall Park Road mast said the site was too close to the Berry Head Nature Reserve and was concerned that the radio waves would affect the birds and bats.

Another said: “5G is a new technology and has the potential to cause immense harm to humans, trees, insects and wildlife.

“I feel it is imperative that the council put safety first and do not allow installations like this to go ahead until such time as it can be determined there are no detrimental effects.”

One objector wrote: “I feel this action, were it to go ahead, would represent a most unforgiving blot on a very beautiful area of Torbay.

“It is not only the health concerns for us all but also for our precious bats and other wildlife, which are simply irreplaceable.”

The agent for the applications says the new masts would provide coverage for the existing 4G and new 5G networks.

Beacon Comms points out that Government planning guidance supports “high quality communications infrastructure” as essential for economic growth, and recommends using existing sites to minimise the number of base stations.

The agent says in a planning statement: “The proposed increase in height is the minimum capable of providing the technological improvements sought.

“It is imperative that support is given to the introduction of 5G technology as this will allow networks to be able to handle more data and connect more devices simultaneously at much faster speeds than is possible using the existing technology.

“This will enable places to remain competitive in and will support the Government’s ambition for the UK to become a world leader in 5G technology.”

Campaigners in Torbay have asked Torbay Council to pause the roll-out of the technology because of health concerns and a petition is due to be presented to the authority at a meeting on Thursday, February 6.

They say 5G technology has not been fully tested and studies on animals have shown a link to health effects including an increased risk of cancer.

They point to research which shows an effect on the navigation of birds and insects.

Public Health England says years of studies of radio waves show the risk of damage to health is unlikely at exposure to levels below internationally agreed limits.

The council says it will listen to local people’s views but it has to work within the national planning framework and public health guidelines.

Local councils cannot refuse a phone mast on health grounds if it is certified to operate within the international safety guidelines used in the UK.

The proposed masts at Brixham would both operate under the limits for radio waves.

In January, Torbay Council’s planning committee refused an application to upgrade a phone mast site for the 5G network at the entrance to the Beverley Holidays park in Goodrington Road, Paignton.

The application on behalf of EE and Three was to replace a 13.5m pole with one 20m high and six replacement cabinets.

Councillors voted against the application because of the visual impact and perception of health effects of the technology which the park owners warned could damage the business.

Base stations are linked to the mobile phone network and use radio waves to carry the signals to and from handsets. Cells overlap to provide a seamless service.

The 5G service was launched in major UK cities in May 2019 and is due to cover Devon this year, promising faster download speeds and the next generation of internet connectivity.

The planning applications will be decided in due course, either by officers using delegated powers or by councillors on the planning committee.
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Source: DevonLive, Edward Oldfield, 06 Feb 2020

Planners refuse 5G phone mast upgrade with 'perception of health effects' raised
United Kingdom Created: 15 Jan 2020
A plan to upgrade a phone mast site for the 5G network at the entrance to a holiday park at Paignton has been refused.

Torbay’s planning committee voted against the application because of the visual impact and perception of health effects of the technology which the park owners warned could damage the business.

The application on behalf of EE and Three was to replace a 13.5m pole with one 20m high and six replacement cabinets.

They wanted to put the new pole and equipment on the opposite side of road from the current installation at the entrance to the Beverley Holidays park in Goodrington Road.

The family-owned business objected to the plan and feared the “eyesore” new mast would put off visitors who might be concerned about the possible health effects of the 5G technology.

Councillors deferred a decision in November for other locations to be considered.

Members of the committee were told on Monday that the developer had rejected four alternative sites.

But they had agreed that the cabinets would be coloured green and the mast would be mostly brown to match telegraph poles.

Claire Flower, a director of Beverley Holidays, objected to the plans and said the owners were extremely concerned about the “detrimental effects” on the business of the large installation at the entrance to the holiday park.

She said the “imposing structure” would be an “absolute eyesore” and there was a concern about the perception of customers, as well as the potential for another increase in the size of the installation in the future.

Ms Flower said the site hosted up to 2,000 people at peak times, mostly families with young children.

Councillors were told that the health effects of the technology were not something they could take into account, but they could consider people’s perceptions and fears of 5G technology, although it would be given low weight at an appeal.

They were told the new installation would operate within international safety guidelines.

Conservative councillor Andrew Barrand said he was disappointed the developer had not been able to agree on one of the alternatives offered and appeared to be behaving “stubbornly”.

Independent Terry Manning said he was concerned that the mast might have an effect on visitors to the holiday park because of their fears of the health effects of 5G.

He said approving the application would set a precedent that developers could put new masts “wherever they want”.

Liberal Democrat Jack Dart said there was no evidence of harm to health and the technology was vital to develop the mobile network.

Liberal Democrat John Dudley said he would find it difficult to support a proposal that could harm a family business.

The committee voted five to four in favour of a proposal from Cllr Manning to reject the application.

The industry is rolling out the 5th generation of mobile phone technology promising faster downloads.

But the higher frequency signal does not travel as far so more base stations are needed and the masts are higher to avoid being blocked by buildings and trees.

Campaigners in Torbay have asked Torbay Council to pause the roll-out of the technology because of health concerns.

They say 5G technology has not been fully tested and studies on animals have shown a link to health effects including an increased risk of cancer.

Public Health England says years of studies of radio waves show the risk of damage to health is unlikely at exposure to levels below internationally agreed limits.
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Source: Devon Live, Edward Oldfield, 14 Jan 2020

Councils can't ban 5G mobile networks: blog
United Kingdom Created: 2 Jan 2020
This information applies to England only - Planning is a devolved matter in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, where the position may vary.

Totnes Town Council in Devon has declared a “moratorium” on 5G mobile networks in the town after local campaigners raised concerns about the potential effects of electromagnetic radiation on human health. But while there is nothing to stop a local authority making a statement that they are opposed to 5G (or other mobile networks) for whatever reasons, they have no legal powers to prevent telecoms companies installing antennas, cabinets and other necessary equipment for them.

Chapter 10 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England sets out the overarching rules that all councils must adhere to when making planning policies and considering planning applications for communications development.

Like all planning policy, the NPPF has the force of law. It is not merely guidance or a statement of general intent.

Paragraph 112 lays out the government’s overall objectives that planning policy and decisions should support new communications development:

Advanced, high quality and reliable communications infrastructure is essential for economic growth and social well-being. Planning policies and decisions should support the expansion of electronic communications networks, including next generation mobile technology (such as 5G) and full fibre broadband connections. Policies should set out how high quality digital infrastructure, providing access to services from a range of providers, is expected to be delivered and upgraded over time; and should prioritise full fibre connections to existing and new developments (as these connections will, in almost all cases, provide the optimum solution).

Paragraph 114 is clear on the unlawfulness of “bans”:

Local planning authorities should not impose a ban on new electronic communications development in certain areas, impose blanket Article 4 directions over a wide area or a wide range of electronic communications development, or insist on minimum distances between new electronic communications development and existing development.

Article 4 directions are local orders that limit applicants’ use of relaxed “permitted development” rules that create whole classes of planning applications that are considered to be acceptable in principle, even if they can be challenged on some specific grounds. Many communications developments make use of these rules, which are set out in Part 16 of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO). Councils may only refuse such applications on the grounds of “siting” (it’s in an inappropriate place) or “appearance” (it’s unaesethetic or poorly camouflaged). Applicants have a right to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate if their application is refused on these grounds, so any attempt to use these limited grounds as a de facto moratorium or ban is unlikely to be successful. The government is currently consulting on a proposal to remove even these limited grounds for refusing telcoms applications. If policy is changed accordingly, in most cases telecoms companies will simply notify local councils of their intent to install new kit and then just do it – no permission required at all.

Paragraph 116 of the NPPF states what should be obvious:

Local planning authorities must determine applications on planning grounds only.

and with an eye to previous and anticipated obstruction, continues:

They should not seek to prevent competition between different operators, question the need for an electronic communications system, or set health safeguards different from the International Commission guidelines for public exposure.

Persuading your local council to oppose 5G might have political and publicity value but it has no legal force whatsoever and runs the risk of creating false expectations that planning applications for 5G equipment will be refused wholesale and the networks will not be installed. Aside from refusing individual applications on specific, limited grounds on a case by case basis as happened recently in Brighton and Hove, councils can only engage in public debates and lobby central government where they are opposed to new telecoms developments like 5G.

National planning policy follows the government’s industrial strategy, which declares:

We will build a Britain that lives on the digital frontier, with full-fibre broadband, new 5G networks and smart technologies.

Unless anyone can change the government’s mind on that, or change the government for one that thinks otherwise, 5G will continue to be rolled out whether local councils – and local people – want it or not.
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Source: AdrianShort.org, Adrian Short, 23 Oct 2019

Proposal for 5G mast to be built in Bushey refused planning permission
United Kingdom Created: 20 Dec 2019
A plan to build a 20-metre-tall 5G phone mast has been thrown out by a council after hundreds of people campaigned against it.

An application had been submitted to Hertsmere Borough Council to build a pole in Little Bushey Lane, Bushey to provide 5G connectivity in the area.

The site is currently host to a 12-metre-high pole that rolls out 2G, 3G and 4G connectivity – and this would have been knocked down after the new mast would have been built.

The taller pole would have catered for all the data speeds, including 5G.

But planning permission was refused, with the council saying “it would fail to blend in satisfactorily with the surrounding urban environment”.

This is despite developer Mobile Broadband Network Limited saying the mast is to “represent the existing installation” while maintaining a slim and regular design without a “bulky headframe”.

But in a decision notice published on the council’s website, it said: “The topography of the site and surrounding open Green Belt land, and its openness to views along Little Bushey Lane and Mendip Road would further emphasise the harm caused by the additional bulk of the proposed replacement monopole in this location.”

The council also believes the proposal put forward is not the only option to provide the upgraded coverage.

Before the council had refused the application, the plans were met with criticism. More than 200 people signed a petition against installing the mast in the road over health concerns.

Linda Rauch, 57, who lives in Bushey, was one homeowner who signed the petition.

She said: “I feel amazing following the decision made by the council since having this next to my home is extremely worrying.

“There have been public meetings on this and there were heated objections to the application for the mast.

“I think the council listened to what the public have to say.”

Mrs Rauch added the large frequencies of 5G is “very concerning” and believed it poses health risks.

She continued: “I think quite a few councils are trying to stop the masts being built.

“If there is enough movement to question the technology around 5G around the country then it might be stopped.”

According to the World Health Organisation, an increase in exposure to radio waves when 5G is added to an existing network or in a new area is currently unclear.

It says this is because 5G technology, in terms of user devices and networks, has yet to be implemented.
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Source: Watford Observer, James Cowen, 18 Dec 2019

Radiation from smartphones could trigger memory loss in teenagers, new study reveals (2018)
United Kingdom Created: 3 Dec 2019
Smartphone radiation could be destroying the memory performance of a new generation of adolescents, a troubling new study has warned.

Cumulative exposure to mobile devices over the course of a year negatively affects the figural memory of adolescents, scientists found.

Figural memory is mainly located in the right hemisphere of the brain and refers to our ability to make sense of objects including images, patterns and shapes.

Youngsters who hold their phone next to their right ear are the most affected by exposure to radiation.

However, sending text messages, playing mobile games, and browsing the internet may also have negative effects, albeit not as pronounced, the study showed.

Researchers from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) studied nearly 700 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 in Switzerland.

They looked at the link between their daily exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) and their memory performance.

The effects of RF-EMF were more pronounced in adolescents using the mobile phone on the right side of the head, the study revealed.

'This may suggest that indeed RF-EMF absorbed by the brain is responsible for the observed associations', said Martin Röösli, Head of Environmental Exposures and Health at Swiss TPH.

Other aspects of wireless communication use, such as sending texts, playing games or browsing the Internet will also cause marginal RF-EMF exposure.

However, these were not associated with the negative development of memory.

Participants had to complete a paper questionnaire that assessed their mobile phone and media usage, as well as their psychological and physical health.

Immediately afterwards they did computerised cognitive tests.

Participants carried a portable measurement device called an exposimeter with an integrated GPS for three consecutive days.

At the same time a time-activity app on a smartphone in flight mode was filled in.

This meant that scientists could link the RF-EMF records to a particular activity or place.

'Changes in figural memory score were negatively correlated with cordless phone calls and, in tendency, with the duration of mobile phone calls and the cumulative RF-EMF brain dose', researchers found.

Dr Röösli emphasised that further research is needed to rule out the influence of other factors.

'For instance, the study results could have been affected by puberty, which affects both mobile phone use and the participant's cognitive and behavioural state.'

The potential effect of RF-EMF exposure to the brain is a relatively new field of scientific inquiry, according to the paper published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

'It is not yet clear how RF-EMF could potentially affect brain processes or how relevant our findings are in the long-term', said Dr Röösli.

'Potential risks to the brain can be minimised by using headphones or the loud speaker while calling, in particular when network quality is low and the mobile phone is functioning at maximum power.'

In 2016 it was revealed that RF-EMF can cause a pain response in amputees.

Researchers claimed to have scientific evidence to support the anecdotal reports made by people with amputated limbs.

The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE , found that in rats with an amputation-like injury the animals showed clear evidence of pain in the presence of the signals.

Dr Mario Romero-Ortega, senior author of the study and an associate professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, said: 'Our study provides evidence, for the first time, that subjects exposed to cellphone towers at low, regular levels can actually perceive pain.'

'Our study also points to a specific nerve pathway that may contribute to our main finding.'

The rats were exposed to EMF signals equivalent to standing near a mobile phone tower almost 131ft (40 metres) away.

Animals received exposure for ten minutes, once a week for eight weeks.

They found that after four weeks, 88 per cent of rats with the nerve injury showed a definite pain response to the signal.

'Many believe that a neuroma has to be present in order to evoke pain. Our model found that electromagnetic fields evoked pain that is perceived before neuroma formation; subjects felt pain almost immediately,' explained Dr Romero-Ortega.

'My hope is that this study will highlight the importance of developing clinical options to prevent neuromas, instead of the current partially effective surgery alternatives for neuroma resection to treat pain', he said.
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Source: Daily Mail, Phoebe Weston, 20 Jul 2018

Woman who fears phone mast radiation is making her ill sleeps in foil covered tent
United Kingdom Created: 17 Nov 2019
The 46-year-old woman said she has started sleeping under a space blanket and foil tent in her Leicester flat because of the EE and O2 phone masts above her flat.

A concerned tenant has claimed that radiation from phone masts above the roof of her flat have made her ill.

The 46-year-old woman has now resorted to sleeping under a space blanket in an aluminium foil covered tent to minimise her symptoms.

The woman, who does not wish to be named, told LeicestershireLive that her symptoms include anaemia, and pains in her stomach and chest, which she believes are linked to radiation from the masts.

Phone operators O2 and EE say they operate mobile networks safely, and research by the World Health Organisation, found that no health risks have been established from low-level radio signals.

The woman, who has lived in her home in Evington, Leicester, for four years, said she started sleeping in a tent after she began waking up from intense stomach pains.

She said: "I started experiencing low moods, low energy and different aches and pains about a year ago.

“My own diagnosis from my doctor began primarily as having vitamin D3 and vitamin B12 deficiencies, anaemia, abnormal red bloods, increased auto-immune cells, oxidative stress, rheumatoid arthritis type symptoms, digestive and metabolic issues, thyroiditis type symptoms, lack of energy, tiredness, increased nerve pain.

“The symptoms were ultimately summarised as fibromyalgia by my doctor.

“I also put on three stone in weight out of nowhere.

“These symptoms all appeared out of nowhere when I am normally a fit and healthy person.”

She also said her partner moved out of her flat when he also began to experience the same symptoms.

She added: “After doing research and consulting further with my doctor, I concluded that it was most likely that the radiation from the phone masts had had an accumulative effect as a result of long-term exposure and affected my cell metabolism and cause oxidative stress leading to the variety of symptoms.”

“I have discussed this with both my doctor and also various other medical staff and experts who have all concluded that this is the likely cause of my current health issues.

She is now hoping to move out of her flat, Carrick Point, when she starts a new job.

A planning application to replace the existing six masts with a 7.5 metre tower supporting 12 new masts was recently refused by Leicester City Centre, much to the woman's relief.

Planning officers said the development would be "detrimental" to the architectural interest and landmark quality of the heritage asset.

An O2 spokesperson told LeicestershireLive: “We take the safety of our customers and the public very seriously, and operate our mobile network safely, within the limits set by international standards.”

An EE spokesperson said: ”Research into the safety of radio signals has been conducted for more than 50 years.

"The strong consensus of the public health agencies around the world, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), is that no health risks have been established from exposure to the low-level radio signals used for Wi-Fi and mobile communications.

“In line with advice from WHO, the UK Government has adopted the exposure limits developed by International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) who monitor all new research.

"All UK mobile network providers build their networks within these guidelines.”
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Source: MIrror, Amy Orton, 16 Nov 2019

Could Bristol councillors end the roll-out of 5G in Bristol?
United Kingdom Created: 3 Nov 2019
Campaigners are calling for Bristol City Council to switch off the network over radiation fears.

A debate urging council chiefs to stop the roll-out of 5G in Bristol is set to take place at City Hall next week.

The service, which allows faster phone data speeds, has been operational in the city since July 3 on the Vodafone network.

But campaigners are calling for Bristol City Council to switch off the network over radiation fears.

Montpelier nutritional therapist Sally Beare launched a petition earlier this year urging the authority to follow Geneva and Florence in adopting “the precautionary principle”, halting 5G until there is more information to show it is safe.

Nearly 4,000 people have added their names to the petition which is enough to trigger a special debate in the council chamber which is set for Tuesday (September 10).

Ms Beare said she first became passionate about the issue when she happened across a statement made by Washington State University’s Dr Martin Pall.

Dr Pall describes the introduction of 5G as “the stupidest idea anyone has had in the history of the world”.

He says it risks cancer because “an extraordinary number of antennae are required, high outputs are needed for penetration, pulsation levels will be very high, and it will have an impact on the human body’s cellular electrical field”.

Public Health England (PHE) says it does not expect 5G to impact on people’s health.

But Ms Breare is not convinced and says it is “not scaremongering to say that 5G will cause illness and death”.

She added: “It is clear from the independent science that parents will lose children and children will lose parents.

“It is an outdated myth that non-ionising radiation is safe; it is not.

“Microwave radiation from existing mobile networks has been found in thousands of peer-reviewed studies to cause harm to health, including neurological effects, nervous system issues and cancer.

“Several recent large-scale studies have shown that mobile radiation causes fatal brain and heart cancer; a proper look at the data also shows that brain gliomas in England - the type associated with mobile radiation - have doubled in the last twenty years.

“Some of the most powerful and progressive cities in the world, such as Brussels and parts of Geneva, have banned 5G for health reasons.

“Bristol should be looking to them and to the experts in human radiation effects, and not to our fractured, insecure government, for guidance.”

A separate petition against 5G, signed by 235 scientists and doctors across the world, warns the network will "massively increase" people's exposure to mobile phone radiation they say could cause cancer.

But Head of radiation dosimetry at Public Health England (PHE), Simon Mann, said: “It is possible that there may be a small increase in overall exposure to radio waves when 5G is added to an existing telecommunications network or in a new area.

“However, the overall exposure is expected to remain low relative to guidelines and as such there should be no consequences for public health.”

A PHE spokesman added the body is committed to making sure 5G radio waves comply with International Committee on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines.

He said PHE will update its advice “should new evidence dictate that is necessary”.

A Vodafone spokesperson said: “The radio frequencies used for 5G in the UK are similar to the ones currently used for 4G services. Where 4G uses frequencies between 800 MHz and 2.6GHz, 5G uses frequencies between 3.4GHz and 3.6GHz.”

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Source: Bristol Live, Kate Wilson, 05 Sep 2019

Burnham-On-Sea town councillors raise concerns over 5G phone masts plans
United Kingdom Created: 27 Oct 2019
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge town councillors have objected against plans to make it easier for phone companies to install 5G phone masts.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has voiced strong opposition to plans by the UK government proposing to simplify the planning rules – called Permitted Development Rights – for new mobile infrastructure such as 4G and 5G masts in order to improve rural network coverage across England.

Members of the Town Council’s Planning Applications Committee have considered the proposed removal of planning restrictions on the 5G mobile network at their latest meeting – and agreed with the NALC position.

Burnham and Highbridge Town Council says: “The view of the committee was that new mast installations and/or changes to existing mast installations should be subject to the usual planning process to enable public scrutiny and to ensure installations are sympathetic to the surrounding environment as far as possible.”

“The purpose of the planning process is not to prevent developments but to ensure they are carried out to an acceptable standard.”

“It was agreed to support NALC’s comments in regard to new-build houses and business to be provided with in-built infrastructure to enable connection to fibre-optic broadband and support the Rural Coalition’s call for infrastructure which reaches rural areas, so the rural economy can grow and create quality jobs.”
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Source: Burnham-on-sea.com, 23 Oct 2019

Win for anti-5G group as mast plans rejected
United Kingdom Created: 16 Oct 2019
PLANS for three superfast mobile internet masts have been scuppered – and anti-5G campaigners are hailing it “a triumph”.

The 20-metre 5G masts were set to be installed in Brighton near Hove Park, Arundel Street, and the junction of Roedean Road and Marine Drive, Brighton.

But Brighton and Hove City Council has refused planning permission, saying the masts would create “visual clutter” and harm the character of the area.

Campaigners from the group Brighton and Hove 5G Radiation Free have been railing against the masts for months.

They feared they would contribute to a “damaging electromagnetic soup” and that radio wave emissions could harm people’s nervous systems, cause cancer and reduce fertility.

Research by the NHS, Public Health England, and the World Health Organisation shows mobile phone signals are safe. But the campaigners believe the research is out of date and regard the refusal of planning permission as a major victory for the city.

Campaigner Fiona Philips said: “It shows there are ways of stopping this through council planning laws.

“There have been hundreds of complaints, objections and concerns – maybe council officials took notice.

“We’ve been told that telecoms companies do have the right of appeal, and they often exercise it, so we need to keep up the pressure.

“These masts are in everybody’s back yard.

“And it’s not just 5G.

“What a lot of people don’t realise is that this technology is an enabler for a smart future where there will be driverless cars, smart homes and cities, and millions of microchips everywhere from bottle tops to fridges, all connecting up to 5G.

“Even the Prime Minister is worried.

“Earlier this month he warned the UN of a ‘great cloud of data that looms ever more oppressively over the human race’.

“He said it was ‘a giant dark thundercloud waiting to burst.’ That’s what it will be like.”

The campaigners explain their concerns using a chart showing the frequency of electromagnetic waves, from low-frequency radio waves to high-energy gamma rays.

It shows 5G frequency is below visible light but higher than microwaves – which the group considers to be around the threshold for human safety.

This summer, demonstrators voiced concerns about children at nearby private schools, who they said were not protected by regulations that prohibit masts within a certain radius of state schools.

They were also concerned about ecological damage.

One campaigner said: “This is having a terrible effect on wildlife.

“They told us the 5G waves are safe because there’s only a 2mm penetration. But if you’re an ant, that’s it.”
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Source: The Argus, Charlotte Ikonen, 14 Oct 2019

Council bosses argue against Government's 5G mast planning proposals
United Kingdom Created: 16 Oct 2019
COUNCIL bosses urged the Government to protect local communities as the rollout of 5G continues.

As part of a Government consultation, Blackburn with Darwen Council officials have voiced concern that local planning authorities are seeing their powers reduced.

The Government is proposing to amend the permitted development rights in England to grant planning permission for mobile infrastructure to support deployment of 5G and extend mobile coverage particularly in rural areas.

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Oct 2019, United Kingdom: UK Govt. proposes to remove all council powers to reject telecoms masts

In order to deploy 5G and improve coverage in areas with poor connections, mobile network operators will need to strengthen existing sites to accommodate additional equipment, and also identify and develop new sites.

These development usually require planning permission, either through a planning application submitted to the local authority or by Government granting it by using permitted development rights.

Now mobile network operators have identified to the Government that to provide greater mobile coverage and to support the deployment of 5G this would need taller and wider masts, building based masts located nearer to highways, and faster deployment of radio equipment housing located on both protected and unprotected land.

The Government is now considering further reforms to the planning system in England in order to support the network upgrades that will be required to deploy 5G and to extend network coverage, particularly in rural areas.

But council bosses say while the technology is vital, control over permission should remain with local authorities.

Director of growth and development, Martin Kelly, said: “Blackburn With Darwen Borough Council understands that rural communities are keen to obtain levels of digital connectivity such as fast broadband and good mobile ‘phone signals in order to support both work and leisure.

“Such technology is essential not only for our rural communities to remain vital and viable into the future but also to ensure that the emergency services, including Mountain Rescue, can continue to operate effectively across the borough.

“It is considered that the Consultation is very much operator led and appears to be removing further controls from the planning regime, which will lead to local planning authorities having reduced powers to protect their local communities.

“The requirement for new taller communications masts will have to strike a balance between the landscape and better connectivity and respect certain protected areas, in particular here in Blackburn With Darwen Borough, the SSSI site in the south of the borough, Country Heritage Sites, which contain significant ecological/biodiversity attributes, and the conservation areas.

“It is crucial that if the Government are to push ahead with the larger masts that they must accommodate more equipment, potentially reducing the number of masts required overall, and the design including materials of these structures are important issues to consider.”
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Source: Lancashire Telegraph, Jonathan Grieve, 13 Ocrt 2019

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