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People power helps block plans for giant telephone poles in Hartlepool streets
United Kingdom Created: 8 Jun 2021
Concerned residents have been handed a boost after controversial plans for several new telephone masts in Hartlepool up to 20 meteres tall were refused.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning department has refused proposals for numerous new telephone masts in the town after scores of complaints were received from concerned residents.

More than 20 objections were lodged against plans, submitted by Hutchison UK Ltd, for a 20metre telephone mast on the corner of Bamburgh Road and Clavering Road.

Concerns raised included “unsightly views” for residents, its proximity to nearby schools, along with the mast impeding on the available space on footpaths.

Over 20 residents raised concerns over plans for an 18metre-tall mast from the same applicant on the corner of Throston Grange Lane and Pembroke Grove.

Five objections were also lodged over plans for an 18metre mast adjacent to Wooler Road roundabout.

Similar applications were also submitted by Hutchison for 20metre masts on the corner of Mountbatten Road and Cleveland Road, and on land adjacent to the Training and Enterprise Centre in Lynn Street.

However council planning officers have refused all of the applications, in each case noting the location and appearance of the masts would have a negative impact on the area.

A report from senior council planning officer Laura Alderson, in concluding to refuse the proposals for the Throston Grange Lane site, said the development is “unacceptable” in the location for several reasons.

She said: “It is considered that the siting and appearance of the proposed development is unacceptable with respect to the impact on the character and appearance of the surrounding area and to trees.

“The proposed development would result in an overbearing impact on the outlook from a number of neighbouring properties and their gardens.”

Planning documents submitted by WHP Telecoms Ltd, on behalf of the applicant, stated the proposals would have improved 5G mobile phone services in the area.

It said: “Three are in the process of building out the UK’s fastest 5G network.

“To bring this new technology to the people H3G (Three) will need to provide a mix of upgrades to existing sites and the building of new sites.

“In this area there is an acute need for a new mast to deliver the above.”

Objections to the Throston Grange Lane plans stated the mast would be an “eyesore” in the area, and similar concerns were lodged over the proposals for the site on the corner of Bamburgh Road and Clavering Road.

A Bellasis Grove resident said: “We do not want the aesthetics of the local area to be blighted with the introduction of a 20 metre eyesore so close to our home.

“There is potential for vandalism and antisocial behaviour that has already been apparent in other areas of the country by those who protest against the erection of 5G monopoles and associated equipment.”

Another resident on the street added: “The monopole is not in scale with the local buildings, making it visually intrusive and unacceptably prominent within the local area, overshadowing the natural features.”
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Source: Hartlepool Mail, Nic Marko, 02 Jun 2021

Relief as bid for 5G mast in middle of Halesowen housing estate thrown out
United Kingdom Created: 8 Jun 2021
A BID for a "monstrosity" mast in the middle of a Halesowen housing estate has been thrown out after more than 200 objections were received.

Hutchinson 3G wanted to build a towering 18-metre 5G mast at the rear of 7, Cricklewood Drive, on the Abbeyfields estate.

The proposal, which attracted hundreds of objections from residents of roads including Cricklewood Drive, Hamilton Avenue, Carisbrooke Drive, Westdean Close and Hartsbourne Drive, has been thrown out by council planners to their delight.

Councillor David Vickers, who welcomed the news, said it was the first time a mast he had objected to had been thrown out, and he has objected to masts in his ward since 1967.

He said: "I'm very, very pleased.

"It was totally the wrong position, on one of the largest housing estates in the borough and its size and appearance would have dwarfed surrounding properties.

"I totally understand why residents felt it would have devalued their properties.

"This is the first time a mast I have objected to has been thrown out.

"The first one I objected to was in 1967, so this is history making for me."

A report by council planners states: "A fine balance needs to be struck between providing the increase capacity for the mobile technology in such residential area and protecting the impact on residential amenity.

"Whilst mobile phone masts are becoming a common feature of the streetscene not just across the Dudley Borough, but across the UK, it is considered that in this case a 18m high mast located in this wholly residential location is not appropriate.

"By virtue of its siting and size, the proposal would be in an exposed and prominent position in the street scene and would materially harm the character and appearance of this residential area.

"It is therefore considered that this forms sustainable grounds upon which to recommend refusal of the application."

Letters of objection centred around the mast being "detrimental to mental health," it being an eyesore, ruining views and devaluing properties and possible health concerns.

One objection stated: "This is completely the wrong site for this monstrosity, a quiet residential area.

"There is waste land on Manor Way. Mucklow Hill is largely industrial.

"I don't understand why what is literally almost in my back garden should be chosen as suitable.

"I have just retired after 40 years teaching local children, I was going to spend a lot of time enjoying my garden ..... but now...for no good reason it will be ruined.

"I am heartbroken."

The estate of around 500 homes is near Leasowes Park and Manor Way in Lapal.

Councillor Vickers said he is worried where the mast will now go. He said a better spot would be on Manor Way close to the motorway.

Hutchinson 3G have been contacted for comment.
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Source: Halesowen News, Helen Attwood, 01 Jun 2021

(2020) Man allergic to electricity says it has made him a prisoner in his own home
United Kingdom Created: 14 May 2021
Former bodybuilder Bruno Berrick says the condition, electromagnetic hypersensitivity, left him 'a bag of bones'.

A father of three who claims to be allergic to electricity says he has been left trapped in his own home due to extreme symptoms.

Bruno Berrick, 48, says he began experiencing unexplained burning sensations in his face, popping in his head and lost a massive five stone in weight caused by a reaction to electromagnetic waves.

The former bodybuilder and greyhound trainer from Rothwell in Northamptonshire says it took him years to discover what was causing the symptoms.

He later realised he was suffering from a are and controversial condition called Electrosensitivity - also known as Electromagnetic hypersensitivity, Electrophobia, or Electromagnetic Field Intolerance Syndrome.

Studies suggest that around 4% of people in the UK claim to suffer from some sort of sensitivity or discomfort to electromagnetic fields (EMF).

However it is still up for debate whether the syndrome even exists - and electromagnetic hypersensitivity is currently not recognised by medical professionals as a diagnosable condition.

In fact, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommend that anyone presenting with claims of electrosensitivity to be psychologically evaluated.

His condition mirrors that of Chuck McGill, a high-flying lawyer in the Breaking Bad spin-off series Better Call Saul.

But Bruno, and and partner Lisa Chambers, 34, say his condition is all too real.

Speaking for just a very brief phone call to avoid what he said was "excruciating physical discomfort", he said he was a normal guy until he began to suffer debilitating fatigue four years ago.

He has since spent upwards of £200,000 travelling the world - including stints in Germany and the USA - in a quest to discover what was causing the debilitating symptoms.

He lost five stone and went from being a hard worker and boxer who loved life to spending months stuck in bed without the energy to move.

He said: "I was a builder - I’m not one of these to go off on one.

"I was just your normal everyday bloke you know? I was a greyhound trainer - trained greyhounds for a living, I was working all day, I’ve got three little kids, I’m living proof of what it does to you."

He added: "I've been seriously ill for about four years - nobody could find out what it was.

"I went everywhere, spent about £200,000 trying to find out what was wrong with me. I didn’t know what it was, we had the internet in the house, wi-fi, a smart TV, all of this and I went to bones - I was a 15 stone, big , powerful builder and I went to 10 and a half stone.

"I was like a bag of bones. I was in bed for six months with chronic fatigue but nobody knew what it was.

"I had a clicking and popping sensation in my head when there was electricity on, and a burning face when I went outside."

Eventually, he says he started to find answers in the American west coast city of Seattle where he tested positive for pesticide poisoning.

He said: "In 2016 I got poisoned by pesticides because I lived next to a field that they were spraying but nobody knew what it was.

"I ended up about a year and a half later having to go to America, Seattle in Washington and they found it in about two days. They sent a urine sample to Kansas and it came back and said I was full of pesticides.

"Basically, it stripped my immune system. It went down to nothing and I kept getting infection after infection and it's turned into this."

Despite finding answers as to why he had suddenly started feeling different, Bruno still didn't feel sure of what was wrong with him until he met a man by the name of Geoff Simmonds.

Bruno said: "I went to a seminar in Brighton about a year ago and there was a man there who had the same problem as me and he did a seminar on it.

"A load of doctors from around the world came to this seminar and I thought ‘Jesus, that sounds like me.’

Geoff told me you will not get better until you’re totally protected - away from wi-fi internet, mobile phones, everything.

Lisa added: "He sent us an EMF reader, he said go round the house and see where it gets the highest.

"We went upstairs into our little girl’s room and it was getting higher and higher and we pointed it out the window and there was a phone mast in direct view of our bedroom window."

Bruno says that in his previous home, which was next to a phone tower, he was "shaking physically and trembling inside".

Following the discovery, the family moved into a caravan in a remote part of Rutland to escape the electromagnetic waves. Staying there for six months, away from the house, he said he gained some weight and his energy had started to return.

When the couple moved back they set their sights on their new home which has now been made secure for Bruno.

They have painted the new bungalow in 5G protective paint - which blocks electric and radio waves. He also keeps the electric turned off, which means no lights, no heating, no TV, or his "eyes go black within ten minutes."

And despite being able to keep his symptoms at bay while in his home, Bruno says he is now trapped in his protective house, unable to go outside.

However as the cold weather and dark nights approach, the family need to use the electricity to keep the house warm. So they have now opted to create a low-tech electricity-free protective haven in the garden where he plans to spend the rest of the winter so his family can have the heating on.

Partner Lisa said: "We’re having a building built in the garden for him because the darker nights are coming now we’ve got three kids and we cant put the heating on, we can’t put the lights on so he’s having a building.

"We’re getting that all protected for him and putting a wood burner in there and a snooker table so he’s got something to do because he can't watch TV and he’s read every book under the sun already."

She added: "He cannot leave the house because people are walking around with phones all the time and within five minutes of him walking past them he will be seriously paralysed.

"It’s hard for people to get their head round it but when you’ve lived with it for four years its absolute hell really. You know what it's like these days, it's technology crazy."
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Source: Manchester Evening News, Zara Whelan, 16 Mov 2020

United Kingdom Created: 23 Apr 2021
Legal Action Against 5G led by Michael Mansfield QC have recently lodged their case against the government.

The Defendants are




The Claimants are represented by Michael Mansfield QC, Philip Rule and Lorna Hackett of Hackett & Dabbs LLP

The case concerns an important issue of public safety. It raises the risk to which members of the public, including particular vulnerable individuals, and children, are being exposed without having consented to or agreed to expose themselves to that risk; and without an adequate and proper consideration undertaken by the relevant safeguarding authorities of the creation of those man-made public health risks.

We provided documents containing evidence from a multitude of respected and eminent experts concerning the health effects of the technology used by 5G, and the attendant risks to the public and individuals, upon which the Defendants declined to act.

The Defendants cannot lawfully continue to ignore or overlook the evidence that indicates the existence of a risk that has not been quantified. To date there has been a failure to engage with this body of evidence, and an inappropriate attempt to delegate any assessment of risk to an external body – a body against which membership legitimate criticism of industry finance and conflict of interest is levelled.

The issues include:

the absence of due investigation of the nature and extent of the risks to the safety of individuals, and human health by the relevant United Kingdom authorities;

the absence of appropriate measures, systems and safeguarding steps to address the identified risks or potential risks; and
a failure to adopt and apply a precautionary principle, or informed foresight, to the exposure of non-consenting children and adults to a risk of harm.

The law provides a framework that demonstrates the unlawfulness of the inaction and errors of the executive bodies we have challenged.
Holding to account the executive or legislative authorities to comply with the law and legal duties is undoubtedly a proper and essential function for the Court, especially in the context of protection of individuals from harm that includes loss of life or serious injury.

The grounds are:

The Defendants are in breach of section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 resulting from omissions and failings in violation of the positive obligations required to be met by Articles 2, 3 and/or 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Defendants have failed to consider the best interests of children when considering formulating, updating or reviewing the appropriate approach to 5G policy and risk assessment for exposed children. In the alternative, they have failed to make this a primary consideration.

The Defendants are in breach of the Public Sector Equality Duty (“PSED”) (s149 EA 2010). There has been no equality assessment, within the meaning and terms of the PSED, to properly inform and be considered in decisions as to the risk posed by RFR and affecting for example approval of 5G generally and/or of permissible locations of 5G and/or of the policy to adopt ICNIRP guidelines.

The SSHSC is in breach of his statutory duty under s2A of the National Health Service Act 2006, either resulting from (a) unlawful delegation or abdication of the statutory function to an external private organisation; and/or (b) irrationally failing to take appropriate steps under this power and/or failing to exercise a discretion in accordance with the statutory purpose.

The Defendants have failed to take into account as a relevant consideration, and give due and proper consideration to, all the evidence, information and concerns which we have raised with them.

The Defendants have failed to provide adequate and sufficient reasons for the decision not to establish a process to investigate and establish the adverse health effects and risks of adverse health effects from 5G technology and/or for discounting the risks presented by the evidence available.


The Claimants wish to thank all the many members of the public who have supported them including those that have written messages of encouragement, some of which have been heart wrenching, on the Crowd Justice site; who watch our updates on progress and the thousands who have given donations in support of this legal action. It is for those who have written letters, signed petitions and campaigned, the scientists, doctors and engineers that have put their names to appeals and all the many who have supported our work. It is for those who remain puzzled or uninformed but feel unwell or develop any of the many symptoms that are associated with or worsened by radiation. And it is for our shared environment that does not have a say but for which we, as responsible citizens, are custodians.

Meanwhile our work continues in earnest, and we wish to thank all of you for your continuing support. We will issue further information as this matter progresses.

Further information can be found at and please continue to support our legal team at

Donations by post will be gratefully received and can be sent to PO Box 13199, SW6 6ZU.

The account details are: Account name: Ms Victoria Angell Sort code: 30-94-81 Account No: 28059168
The above account is used purely in connection with the LAA5G campaign, to facilitate donations by BACS and cheque.
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Source: Action Against 5G, via email, 22 Apr 2021

URGENT: Needing A Place To Be ( Roger Moller )
United Kingdom Created: 18 Feb 2021
In 2008 when neighbours refused to turn off their new wireless router I fled for my life with what I could carry. I was homeless for 3 months though I eventually found safe haven in a little valley with no signal in Wales. I have been pleased to accommodate many equally desperate EHS sufferers in the 13 years since. All that time I have been looking for suitable places, not only for myself but for fellow sufferers but have so far been unable to find anywhere available, even temporarily, which I would be able to tolerate.
My life has been threatened for the last 2 years by the prospect of a 4G/ESN mast nearby, I will have to have gone from here before it goes up this year. Most of my things are in storage but in any event my landlady wants her house back and I now find myself in dire need of at least ‘a place to be’.

So it is with great reluctance that I appeal to the ES-UK community in hopes that someone who understands EHS will be willing to offer me safe haven from early March on practically any basis.

Roger Moller - Abergwesyn, Powys 01223 911 893 / (+44) (0) 333 011 5476
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Source: Roger Moller, via ES-UK newsletter, 18 Jan 2021

United Kingdom Created: 29 Jan 2021
Why ‘Smart’ Wireless Means We Are Dying Younger in Poorer Health and Endangering the Wellbeing of Our Children.

The Diary of an Electrosensitive

Brian Stein CBE and Jonathan Mantle

‘We are taking advice from a small, self-appointed circle of insiders who reject all research showing harm, and who set safety limits.’ Brian Stein, UK

‘We are taking risks of the sort that no rational society on earth should take.’ Professor Martin Pall, Washington State University, USA.

‘We should have ethical permission for people who are going to be exposed to 5G. Thirteen persons make decisions for the whole world – as opposed to 250 persons who have signed the independent scientific declaration.’ Professor Lennart Hardell, Sweden.

‘The non-thermal effects on our cells, organs and tissues do damage at energy levels that may be hundreds or thousands of times lower than those that cause significant heating. Our governments and health authorities are doing nothing to protect us.’ Professor Andrew Goldsworthy, UK.

‘The car was not invented to be safe, it was invented to sell. Lots of people died. Only consumer pressure eventually forced car manufacturers to introduce seat belts. It’s the same with mobile phones.’ Dr Andrew Tresidder, UK.

Brian Stein CBE

The Microwave Delusion is the story of how one man’s personal experience of the damaging health effects of low-level microwave radiation became part of an international campaign to hold the mobile phone industry to account for its defective safety practices.

This book charts industry dirty tricks, government indifference and the rise of independent science over industry-controlled studies, leading to campaigns, political action, legal judgements in mainland Europe, North America and Israel and action to protect children in schools: a change of process which many countries are adopting and which British health authorities, politicians and those with a duty of care are the slowest to acknowledge.

The roll out of 5G worldwide presents the greatest threat yet to public health from low-level microwave radiation generated by a mobile phone industry which places profit above the long-term wellbeing of pregnant women, babies, children and adults at home, school, in public and in the workplace. As one leading independent scientist says: ‘We are taking risks of the sort that no rational society on earth should take.’

The Microwave Delusion describes how an industry-driven tragedy in the making has come into being on a scale comparable to tobacco and asbestos, how it can be averted, and what we as individuals and a society can do about it.

*All profits from this book go to charities campaigning for a safer wireless environment around the world.

‘Congratulations On a Very Important Book’
Professor Lennart Hardell, gold standard, independent peer-reviewed scientist.

How to Buy:

‘The Microwave Delusion’ is published by Grosvenor House Publishing and available for sale online and from bookshops including Waterstones, Amazon Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, Foyles and eBay. RRP: £14.99

Author Contacts:

Brian Stein: 01949 20498

Jonathan Mantle:

07833 128174

The Authors:

Brian Stein CBE is a successful retired business leader decorated for his services to education in the community. He is Chairman of the EM-Radiation Research Trust.

Jonathan Mantle’s books are published in 30 countries and 16 languages. He is not as far as he knows electrically sensitive.
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Source: EMFacts blog, Don Maisch PhD, 28 Jan 2021

Transport bosses decide free wi-fi no longer an option for Metrolink
United Kingdom Created: 25 Jan 2021
Transport bosses confirmed today (Monday) that they have decided to scrap free wi-fi on Metrolink services permanently as a cost-saving option.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Howard Sykes MBE had made objections to the move, when the issue was discussed on Friday (January 22) at a meeting of the Rail and Metrolink Committee of the Transport for Greater Manchester Board.

The meeting was arranged at the request of Councillor Sykes, who sits on the Committee and Board as an Oldham representative.

Councillor Sykes also represents Shaw Ward, which is located on the busiest Metrolink tram service and has the most used stop – Shaw and Crompton – on the Rochdale to Oldham line.

In July 2020, in response to complaints from constituents who use the tram, he raised that the wi-fi service had not been available on trams on the line since the onset of the coronavirus lockdown.

Councillor Sykes wrote to Metrolink bosses asking them to turn it back on.

He was informed that during the travel restrictions which accompanied the lockdown, the service had been switched off and was under long-term ‘review’.

Today’s Committee meeting confirmed the switch off of the wi-fi service permanently citing cost pressures.

Councillor Sykes said: “Unfortunately, no wi-fi on trams and the Manchester city centre free buses is now a reality.

"This done deal was a decision that was only exposed because I raised it, and there are no plans to reintroduce it.

"I think this is short-sighted.

“Like passengers on buses and trains, wi-fi is a service that Metrolink passengers will expect because as passenger usage does start to increase after the pandemic, and as we look to expand the network, there will be an increased demand for free wi-fi from passengers.

"The fact this was done ‘on the quiet’ is typical how the GM Mayor makes such ‘bad news’ decisions.”

Under the wi-fi section of TfGM's Metrolink performance notes, the report read: "Metrolink and Free Bus had been providing free at the point of use wi-fi to passengers since 2015, with the costs of operating the service largely covered by commercial sponsorship from March 2018 to October 2019.

"Whilst there could be potential for a new sponsorship deal to replace the previous arrangement, commercial advice is that this is unlikely, at least in the short-term, as patronage and therefore advertising reach is significantly depressed by the COVID pandemic.

"Usage levels had declined year on year since 2017, in line with the increased availability of cheaper, and in some cases unlimited personal data allowances, with this trend expected to continue in the future.

"Due to the financial challenges faced by TfGM and Metrolink during the pandemic the Wi-Fi service was placed under review.

"Since the switch-off there has been very little customer feedback around the service, and of those received, none of those customers commented further when an explanation was provided."
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Source: Oldham Chronicle, 25 Jan 2021

Electromagnetic fields, 5G and health: what about the precautionary principle?
United Kingdom Created: 19 Jan 2021
Abstract: New fifth generation (5G) telecommunications systems, now being rolled out globally, have become the subject of a fierce controversy.

Some health protection agencies and their scientific advisory committees have concluded that there is no conclusive scientific evidence of harm. Several recent reviews by independent scientists, however, suggest that there is significant uncertainty on this question, with rapidly emerging evidence of potentially harmful biological effects from radio frequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) exposures, at the levels 5G roll-out will entail.

This essay identifies four relevant sources of scientific uncertainty and concern: (1) lack of clarity about precisely what technology is included in 5G; (2) a rapidly accumulating body of laboratory studies documenting disruptive in vitro and in vivo effects of RF-EMFs—but one with many gaps in it; (3) an almost total lack (as yet) of high-quality epidemiological studies of adverse human health effects from 5G EMF exposure specifically, but rapidly emerging epidemiological evidence of such effects from past generations of RF-EMF exposure; (4) persistent allegations that some national telecommunications regulatory authorities do not base their RF-EMF safety policies on the latest science, related to unmanaged conflicts of interest.

The author, an experienced epidemiologist, concludes that one cannot dismiss the growing health concerns about RF-EMFs, especially in an era when higher population levels of exposure are occurring widely, due to the spatially dense transmitters which 5G systems require. Based on the precautionary principle, the author echoes the calls of others for a moratorium on the further roll-out of 5G systems globally, pending more conclusive research on their safety.

Read the entire article (open access) via the source link below...
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Source: Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, Prof. John William Frank

5G roll-out should stop while ‘suspected adverse health effects’ investigated, expert claims
United Kingdom Created: 19 Jan 2021
The global roll-out of 5G should be halted while further investigations are conducted into potential risks associated with the next-generation network technology, a health expert has warned.

Professor John William Frank from the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh claimed that no more transmitter towers should be built in order to limit public exposure while safety standards are reviewed.

In an opinion piece published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, Professor Frank wrote that the radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) emitted by 5G towers could be linked to “suspected adverse health effects”, though he emphasised that there is no scientific evidence linking 5G to the spread of Covid-19, as some conspiracy theorists have claimed.

“A growing number of engineers, scientists, and doctors internationally [are] calling on governments to raise their safety standards for RF-EMFs, commission more and better research, and hold off on further increases in public exposure, pending clearer evidence of safety,” he wrote.

“It is highly likely that each of these many forms of transmission causes somewhat different biological effects – making sound, comprehensive and up-to-date research on those effects virtually impossible.”

The introduction of 5G coverage offer users radically faster download speeds and the ability to conduct lag-free ultra-HD video chats with other users, however only a handful of high-end devices currently offer the service in a limited number of areas.

Its roll-out has been accompanied by baseless conspiracy theories linking it to the coronavirus pandemic, which have been fuelled by online misinformation disseminated across social media platforms.

Facebook groups sharing fake reports about the alleged dangers of 5G reached tens of thousands of users in 2020, prompting the social network to crack down on such content.

Professor Frank dismissed these conspiracy theories in his article, writing: “There are knowledgeable commentators’ reports on the web debunking this theory, and no respectable scientist or publication has backed it… The theory that 5G and related EMFs have contributed to the pandemic is baseless.”

He added that other possible side effects should be looked at more closely, and called for “a moratorium on that exposure, pending adequate scientific investigation."

There have been numerous studies in recent decades that have sought to understand the potential risks associated with mobile phones and electromagnetic radiation from phone towers, though no adverse effects have yet been established.

According to the World Health Organisation’s International Electromagnetic Fields Project, there is yet to be any concrete proof of negative health outcomes from electromagnetic fields.

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Source: Independent, Anthony Cuthbertson, 19 Jan 2021

Fury as huge phone mast is erected without planning permission just a few feet from residents' homes
United Kingdom Created: 1 Dec 2020
Furious residents of two streets in Ashton are demanding answers from Bristol City Council after a massive mobile phone mast tower was put up close to their homes without any warning at all.

Engineers began preparing the ground behind the South Bristol Retail Park last Monday (November 23), and a large crane arrived in the middle of the week.

But it wasn’t until Friday (November 27) that the full height of the phone mast was revealed.

It towers over the back gardens of Smyth Road and Gerald Road in Ashton, with many saying their views have suddenly been ruined.

Now, attention has turned to the city council’s planning enforcement team, because the firm that erected the mast did not even submit a planning application, let alone get permission for the structure.

Many residents said they feared the company behind the structure are using new permitted development rights, although it is not yet clear if the Government have now given mobile phone companies the right to put up tall masts without asking for permission from council planners first.

The area’s two local councillors said they were urgently asking questions of the planners to find out what can be done about the mast, which is in the rear service yard of the B&M Bargains store in the retail park.

The mast is bolted to a concrete base, with concrete blocks positioned, but not touching it on either side.

It does not have any other anchors, nor does it have any signs indicating the owner or company responsible for the mast.

One local resident said she asked the workmen erecting the mast who they were and was told they were working for a company called Waldon Communications, erecting the mast on behalf of mobile phone giant EE.

Local residents and Bristol Live have contacted EE for more information.

People living next to the mast said they can’t fathom how it has been allowed to be erected without anyone informing them.

“A neighbour rang me to tell me there was a huge crane and next thing we knew, they were putting great big concrete slabs in and putting them between B&M and the Scout Hut, and there was nothing we could do,” said Ann Hathway, 83, who has lived in Gerald Road for 41 years.

“It’s diabolical. I didn’t realise it was going to be that high.

“It’s been lovely here. But now that’s there - but have they gone the right way about it, and got permission. We haven’t heard a thing about it,” she added.

The mast is right on the corner of the land used by the retail park, so on the inside corner of the back gardens of two streets.

Round the corner in Smyth Road, Hannah Reeve said she was stunned when she saw it at the end of her garden.

“We noticed the crane and things being lifted up the day before,and I was out all day, so I came in the garden yesterday.

"We’re due to have building work, and the builder said: ‘you know that there’, and I looked around and saw it.”

“The builder said ‘that’s devalued your house by 25 per cent’,” she added.

“We knew absolutely nothing. I’ve not been informed, not even any chat on Facebook, absolutely nothing at all.

“I’m worried about the health concerns about it - it is so close to all our houses.

"I wouldn’t do anything like this myself, but you hear that these masts are targeted by people, so that’s the last thing we want for it to topple onto our houses.

“But I’m more cheesed off with the way it’s been done. To not tell anyone at all that you’re putting such a tall thing at the end of so many people’s gardens is shocking,” she added.

“It’s been OK living here - obviously the football ground has grown in the last few years, but we’ve got used to that, but this is something else. Why didn’t they just put it on the stadium roof?” she added.

The streets concerned are just off Winterstoke Road, a couple of roads down from the South Stand of Ashton Gate.

It’s in Bedminster council ward, where local councillor Mark Bradshaw said he has had lots of people contacting him to ask what is going on.

“As councillors, we are normally sent details and plans about masts - relocated, renewed or brand new - for any comments in advance of installation, but that doesn’t seem to have been the case for this one,” he said.

“I can understand why people are annoyed and anxious, and we’re urgently asking Bristol City Council to clarify what is permitted within legislation and whether the processes have been adhered to,” he added.

His fellow Bedminster councillor Celia Phipps said she had many questions to ask the council and the mobile phone company.

“Why was this site chosen?” she said. “What were the options, and why don’t they need planning permission? I know the providers need height, as they have used the tower block in the past,” she added.

The question of whether EE - if it is their mast - didn’t need planning permission is the subject of controversy.

In July, the Government announced it would relax the laws on phone companies requiring planning permission to erect phone masts in a bid to speed up the process to get better phone coverage across the country.

That followed a year-long consultation, in which 80-90 per cent of those who responded said they were against 5G masts for health reasons.
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Source: Bristol Live, Tristan Cork, 30 Nov 2020

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