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Lancashire:
United Kingdom Created: 10 Jul 2005
Oldham: Manchester:
Vodaphone and 02 mast sharing
Phone-mast protest

FEARFUL residents are mounting a campaign against plans for a large phone mast close to their homes in Shaw.
They are alarmed at Vodafone’s application to replace an existing mast with a 21m-high (68.89ft) lattice-type structure at W Felton Ltd on the Trent Industrial Estate, off Duchess Street.
Wren’s Nest Residents’ Association has now launched a petition urging decision-makers at Oldham Council to refuse permission.
Campaign co-ordinator Andy Sutherland said: “This mast would tower above anything else in the local area and be a blot on the landscape.
“We are very angry and worried about the dangers, whether it is perceived or real, and this has already caused a considerable amount of anxiety and stress.”
The three main concerns of residents are the visual and environmental impact, interference with household electrical equipment and dangers to health.
They say the mast would be 6m (6.56yd) taller than the original mast, only 20m (21.87yd) from the nearest homes and would be an unsightly structure with 12 antennas and one microwave dish protruding.
It is even claimed that house prices could plummet by 20 to 30 per cent.
The protesters also state that gaps in knowledge about the potential health impacts of exposure to radiation warrant a precautionary app-roach to the siting of masts.
They say children are particularly vulnerable and warn that Rushcroft Primary School and Dunwood Park are only about 50m (54.68yd) from the proposed site.
An application for a smaller mast in the vicinity was turned down only two years ago, opponents point out.
The parish-council’s planning committee has recommended the scheme for approval and that it is used for mast sharing with other mobile-phone companies.
Vodafone said it had received a request from another operator, O2, to share the site.
This meant the height of the structure had to be increased from 15m (16.4yd) to 21m (22.96yd) to accommodate all the antennas without interference.
Oldham Evening Chronicle
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Warrington:
We'll fight to get rid of phone mast
RESIDENTS who say they weren't told of plans to erect a phone mast say they will try their best to get it taken down.
The first thing that residents knew about a Vodaphone mast on Dewhurst Road in Birchwood, was when workers arrived this week to erect it.
Now mum-of-four Tracy Valentine, who lives in nearby Whitworth Close, says with the help of other residents, she is too start up a petition against the mast.
She believes the residents should have been consulted about the proposals which were passed by Warrington Borough Council as a 'deemed application', which are new planning laws, in January this year.
She said: "No residents have been informed about this.
"The first we knew of it was when the workers arrived to put it up.
"We all though that they were speed cameras at first.
"It just seems so underhand in how it is done. I would urge anyone who lives nearby to come and sign the petition."
The petition will be in the Oakwood Neighbourhood Centre if anyone wishes to sign.
Warrington Guardian

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Orford Green
THE war of words over a proposal to erect a mobile phone mast on a church tower in Orford Green is finally over after the church council decided to abandon the plans.
After months of heated debate between parishioners of St Margaret and All Hallows Church, residents and ward councillors, the church council agreed to scrap the plans, despite them being approved by the borough council's development control committee.
The community's argument centred upon the safety issues surrounding mobile phone masts in residential areas while the church stood to gain financially from the deal with T Mobile.
But last week, following a meeting with the church council, St Margaret's decided not to proceed with the controversial mast.
Now residents say they are keen to build bridges with the church and particularly the Reverend John Reed, vicar of St Margaret's.
Yoko Warburton, one of the residents who opposed the mast, said: "I feel that our message at last reached the church and the very people who make the decisions.
"I don't feel we 'won' because I don't want to think of it as some kind of battle between the church and residents.
"It was more a matter of getting them to change their viewpoint over ways of raising the church maintenance fund.
"Risking residents' health was definitely not the way forward.
"The way the church handled the issue from start to finish was all wrong and completely inappropriate.
"Nothing was said to the residents in the first place, hardly anyone was aware of what was going on and we weren't publicly notified but we should now move on from this and start working together."
Mike Hannon, ward and borough councillor, who opposed the proposal, said: "I am pleased that the church council has listened to the concerns of the community and taken a decision that will benefit the community at large."
The church declined to comment on the matter.
Warrington News 31st May 2005
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Hoghton.
Phone mast objectors to speak out

Residents against the siting of a 3G mobile phone mast near their homes plan to voice their opposition to phone company T-Mobile on Thursday.
The company hopes to build a 15m mast on farmland near a school and housing estate in Hoghton, Lancashire.
A representative from T-Mobile will be available to meet residents in a drop-in session one-to-one from 1600 to 1900 BST at Coupe Green Primary School.
But opponents believe the company should have a public meeting.
Campaigner Chris Nelson said residents were concerned about the siting of the masts near a housing estate and Coupe Green school.

'Time waster'
"Other groups have told us that these one-to-one meetings are a waste of time," he said.
"We are expecting more than 150 people going along and not everybody will get a chance to have their say," he said.
An email sent to Mr Nelson from the company said the drop-in sessions followed a code of conduct agreed with the government.
"In our experience we find that members of the community prefer the one-to-one type of meeting to address their own issues at a time which
suits them, rather than the public meeting which often becomes confrontational and counter productive," said John Carwardine, Community Affairs Manager with T-Mobile (UK).

A T-Mobile spokesman told the BBC: "Based on over 40 years of research, T-Mobile is confident that its base stations, operating within strict national and international guidelines (recognised by the World Health Organisation), do not present a health risk to any member of the public."
BBC News Online

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Hoghton:

Mast protesters seek bats' probe

Groundless health fears for campaigners seeking bats?
Objectors to a proposed mobile phone mast have joined conservationists to investigate whether the plans threaten a colony of bats
More than 150 residents of Hoghton, Lancashire, plan to oppose the 15m (49ft) mast proposed by T-Mobile.
Residents say a meeting with the firm did not allay their concerns about siting the mast on farmland near a school and homes.
A firm said health concerns over mobile phone masts were groundless.

'Health risks'
Resident Mr Chris Nelson said locals would be contacting the Bat Conservation Trust to investigate what effect the mast could have on the bats.
Mr Nelson said residents had concerns about the health risks from the masts.
"The government recommends that local authorities do not take health effects into consideration, however, many local authorities are rejecting these recommendations including Kent County Council, which refuses to endorse consents on any council land, due to their concerns over health," he added.
T-Mobile met residents in a local school before lodging a planning application with South Ribble Council.
BBC News website 19th June 05

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Lancaster

No2 02 group make film to highlight health risks
Protestors fight phone mast plans
CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans to erect a mobile phone mast in Scale Hall this week handed more than 150 letters of objection to Lancaster City Council.
They will find out today, Friday, whether the council will move to prevent telecommunications giant O2 building the mast on land at the corner of West Drive and Scale Hall Lane.
The O2 application exploits a quirk in British planning law by asking for 'prior approval'.
To block the plan, the council must object on the grounds that the mast represents an unwarranted visual intrusion.
The council contacted nearby residents in May to invite their comments, setting a deadline of Wednesday, June 15.

Petition
Rosemary Wilkie of West Drive, who led the campaign, said she had been delighted by the community's response.
"We've sent 159 letters and talked to a lot of people who sent in letters off their own back.
I'm sure if we'd had more time we'd have got even more," she said.
A petition signed by more than 400 people has also been presented to the council.
"The petition adds weight to our argument," said Rosemary.
"But I think letters from individuals and addresses in the affected area will have more of an impact."
Rosemary said she and her neighbours, mostly virgin campaigners, were learning the ropes as they went along.
"From what we've gleaned, we have to fight this on the visual intrusion of the mast," she said.
"Any potential health issues are not taken into account."
This annoys Rosemary's husband Jim.
"The real health issue is the stress and anxiety which comes from not knowing whether these masts are safe," he said.
But fellow campaigner Ken Pyne of Morecambe Road is confident the visual intrusion will be adequate to kill the plan.
"There'll be a large equipment box, a large electrical box, not to mention the mast itself, which will be half again as big as an ordinary lamp-post,"
he said.
"No way can that be anything but obtrusive."
The campaigners are now hopeful the council will pay heed to their concerns, said Rosemary.
A planning spokesman said: "All the observations we have received will be taken into account in reaching a recommendation and decision."
r NotoO2 campaigners who successfully scuppered plans to build masts in Slyne Road have made a film highlighting the potential health risks of emissions from mobile phones.
They intend to distribute the film – which shows campaigners measuring pulsed microwave radiation in houses near mobile phone masts –
to councillors, MPs and the media.
Campaigner Adrian Hamilton said: "The idea behind the film is to convey the notion that these masts, especially those disguised as other things,
are not as innocuous as they look."
Lancaster Guardian. 16.06.05

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Darwen.
Labour councillors behaving badly and Residents lose mast battle

HUNDREDS of residents have lost their battle against a 20 metre-high mobile phone mast near their homes after the issue caused a rift between councillors.
Labour over-ruled opposition members of Blackburn with Darwen Council's planning committee to approve the mast at Welding Engineering Ltd, Spring Vale Road, Darwen.
A petition with 250 signatures from residents opposing the mast, to be used by O2, was presented to the committee.
In January, residents won a similar battle when O2 asked to build the mast at a site close by.
But last night Darwen Labour councillor Dave Smith told the committee: "This is the best site for the mast within this area.
"They have looked at other sites, but they aren't suitable.
"People complain about masts wherever they are put, but on the other hand they are using mobile phones like never before."
Residents argued that the proximity of the mast to their homes could pose a future health hazard, and it would be an eyesore.
Staff at the nearby Barnabas House nursery had also complained to the council on health grounds.
Resident Paul Singleton said: "This site is just over the road from the one refused. There have to be better sites locally."
Conservative Darwen councillor Fred Slater said: "There are much more suitable sites, like closer to Cranberry Moor where it would be higher.
"I'm not happy, and I feel for the residents."
The committee was told it would not be held liable under law for any subsequent health problems caused by mast, because government guidance currently stated there was no risk to people from being close to masts.
Tory councillor Alan Cottam said: "These new generations of masts don't cover such wide areas so they are going to keep popping up. The council should find sites suitable for masts, away from homes, and make all the companies share them."
Lancashire Evening Telegraph
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Nelson.

Phone mast fury GROWS and Phone mast objectors to speak out
Phone mast objectors to speak out
Residents against the siting of a 3G mobile phone mast near their homes plan to voice their opposition to phone company T-Mobile on Thursday.
The company hopes to build a 15m mast on farmland near a school and housing estate in Hoghton, Lancashire.
A representative from T-Mobile will be available to meet residents in a drop-in session one-to-one from 1600 to 1900 BST at Coupe Green Primary School.
But opponents believe the company should have a public meeting.
Campaigner Chris Nelson said residents were concerned about the siting of the masts near a housing estate and Coupe Green school.

'Time waster'
"Other groups have told us that these one-to-one meetings are a waste of time," he said.
"We are expecting more than 150 people going along and not everybody will get a chance to have their say," he said.
An email sent to Mr Nelson from the company said the drop-in sessions followed a code of conduct agreed with the government.
"In our experience we find that members of the community prefer the one-to-one type of meeting to address their own issues at a time which suits them, rather than the public meeting which often becomes confrontational and counter productive," said John Carwardine, Community Affairs Manager with T-Mobile (UK).
A T-Mobile spokesman told the BBC: "Based on over 40 years of research, T-Mobile is confident that its base stations, operating within strict national and international guidelines (recognised by the World Health Organisation), do not present a health risk to any member of the public."
BBC News Online

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Pendle

RESIDENTS have accused mobile phone companies of putting profit before health and trying to divide communities on the issue of phone masts.
Pendle Residents against Insensitive Siting of Masts (PRISM) vowed to fight proposals to erect a transmitter on Hibson Road, Nelson, during a public meeting at Nelson Town Hall on Tuesday.
Vodafone has applied for permission to site the unit at the El Tropicano club.
Deputy mayor of Pendle, Coun. George Adam, who chaired the meeting, said: "To apply for this mast to be sited right in the middle of a residential area and very close to local schools is outrageous. But we can stop it, and the fight starts here."
College science lecturer, Mr Gary Bird, who set up PRISM with chairman Colin Hornby, said the main reason for the new mast is to provide a service to users of "third generation technology" (3G).
Mr Bird said the government has given operators until 2007 to roll out 80 per cent of the 3G network, with penalties to be paid if the target is not met.
He said: "This technology is being forced upon us where there is little or no demand for it. Profit is being put before health for the sake of what are basically big boys' toys."
Mr Bird called on the people of Pendle to unite and stand up to big companies.
He said: "This sort of thing divides communities and puts people at odds with eachother. Companies propose a site in one ward, like Vodafone did with Walverden, then move onto the next when it is refused. If it goes ahead in another area then people living nearby will be unhappy with residents in the other wards who fought it off."
The plans, which have been recommended for approval by council planning officers, will be discussed by Pendle Council's Nelson Committee on Monday.
Members of PRISM will collect signatures on a petition outside the schools near the proposed site, and will present it to the committee that evening.
Miss Jackie Nike, who protested over another mast site in Barrowford, said: "I spoke to two headteachers about it. One didn't want to get involved, and the other was horrified but did nothing to stop it. I would urge mums and dads, aunties and uncles to go to schools, let them know you are worried and get them involved."
One local doctor said all humans are susceptible to electro-magnetic fields and pulsed microwave signals used by the units. He said: "They can act as a trigger for people with low immune systems. Children and pregnant women are particularly at risk, and it is ridiculous that companies can even think of putting masts near schools."
Councillors will decide on Monday whether to give the go ahead for the base station to be erected.
Vodafone would have the right to appeal if the committee votes against the officer's recommendation and refuses permission.
david.pollard@eastlancsnews.co.uk
Pendle Today. 03 June 2005

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Leigh.

Residents to fight phone masts plan
FURIOUS families are protesting at plans by T-Mobile to erect a mobile phone mast on their estate.
The company has posted its intentions to raise a 15m pole close to homes in Carisbrooke Road and Queensway, Higher Folds,
in a bid to test residents' reactions before applying to Wigan Council for planning permission.
But fearful residents intend to fight every step of the way to stop the scheme on health grounds..
Carisbrooke Road mum-of-three Jean Clayton is appealing to all residents to write letters of objection to both T Mobile and to Wigan Council
as soon as possible.
She said: "We already have a Vodafone mast in the vicinity near Stafford's Farm and we don't want another.
"There are two schools, Higher Folds CP and St Gabrielís, close by and lots of children play in the area.
"I rang T Mobile to voice my concerns and was told that the mast is low health risk and that there is no evidence that they cause cancer.
On that reasoning there is no evidence that they donít either.
There is no smoke without fire and at the end of the day it is the children we are thinking about.
"My children are growing up, Suzanne is 17, Leanne 14 and Steven nine, but there are lots of younger children here.
If the mast did go up I would be frightened to death of going to sleep with my bedroom window open because of radiation.
But we don't intend to let it happen.
"I urge everyone on the estate to join the protest and write to the company immediately and let them know they have a fight on their hands."
A T-Mobile spokesman said: "We are at the first stages of pre-consultation, gathering feedback and views from the local community.
The planning consideration is for a 15 metre monopole to provide 3G network coverage to our customers in this area.
"T-Mobile is committed to responsible network development and fully subscribes to the Governmentís Code of Best Practice on
Mobile Phone Network Development.
When considering a site we enter full consultation with all concerned parties, including local residents and schools before submitting any
planning permission.
"The use of mobile phones in the UK has grown at a phenomenal rate, with some 60 million now in use.
All communities have the potential to benefit from first class mobile communications whether they are used for business, social or
emergency purposes.
"Without a network of base stations, however, mobile phones simply do not work.
T-Mobile understands there sometimes can be concerns when locating base stations in communities.
"Base stations are low powered radio transmitters, and it is important to recognise that the radio frequency signal from them represents
just one source of Radio Frequency in everyday lives.
Other sources in the environment include paging devices and emergency services communication systems.
The radiowaves from nearby base stations are favourably comparable to exposure from distant masts and from TV and
FM radio and other transmitters.
"Based on over 40 years of research, T-Mobile is confident that its base stations do not present a health risk to any member of the public.
"It also recognises that one of the biggest challenges facing operators is minimising the impact it has on the environment.
When a new mast is needed, we try to reduce the impact on the local environment with sensitive siting, innovative designs and,
where appropriate, landscaping."
Leigh (Lancs) Journal

Leicestershire:
United Kingdom Created: 10 Jul 2005
New mast battle brews

A SECOND phone company has applied to put up a 15-metre high mast near an historic Kibworth landmark.
Villagers campaigned in March against an application from Orange for an 18-metre mast 250 metres away from 17th century Grade II listed
Kibworth Windmill at Windmill Field, Langton Road, Kibworth Harcourt.
Now, Hutchison 3G has submitted an application to Harborough District Council for a 15-metre mast 90 metres away from the village landmark.
Protester Beverley Burdett, of Marsh Drive, Kibworth, said: "We will definitely round up the troops for another protest. We will not let them try and get
permission without a fight.
"If they can put a man on the moon why can't they find a better place to put these phone masts?"
The wooden tower proposed has three antennae and three transmission dishes connected to it.
Hutchison 3G says the mast is needed to provide mobile phone coverage for its customers.
It is believed the windmill was built in the early 1600s although its main post has a carving dated 1711.
In the application Hutchison 3G said: "We have carefully designed a solution to blend in with the farm setting and maximise the use of natural screening."
It says the mast will not affect the view of the windmill as it will be screened by conifer trees.
The Orange application was thrown out by councillors in May because they felt the siting and appearance would adversely affect the character and
appearance of the rural landscape.
Harborough Today (Leic)24 August 2005
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Leicester PHONE MASTS: 'NO POINT PROTESTING'

Campaigners were warned today they have little chance of stopping phone masts being built on their doorsteps.
City leaders and phone companies say mobile phone antennae will continue to go up across Leicester.
Once a planning application has been submitted, residents are virtually powerless to do anything about it.
The news will come as a blow to the hundreds of people who petition the council asking them to reject planning permission for phone masts near
their homes.
Roman Scuplak, deputy leader of Leicester City Council, said: "Our hands are tied.
"If the council had the choice, we would not allow companies to put up these masts, because it's clearly something that people are not happy with.
"Even if we turn down the company, they will appeal to the Government."
He said phone companies would almost always succeed in an appeal because the Government does not accept objections to planning applications
based on health risks from radiation.
Mr Scuplak said: "It's extremely difficult for us to do anything.
"If we fight every case against phone companies, it costs council tax payers considerable sums of money in legal costs."
John Mugglestone, the council cabinet leader for regeneration and culture, said: "The chances are you can't stop phone companies.
"The only thing you can do is try delaying tactics. The public's feelings are not being taken into consideration by the Government."
Masts under 15m in height do not require full planning permission and can be erected without residents being informed.
Last year, the Leicester Mercury revealed the locations of 50 masts across the city which had been put up without people needing to know.
However, masts over 15m in height do need planning permission and critics say they are being installed without consideration for the public's concerns.
Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East, said: "All the cards are in the hands of phone companies, who use their power to put pressure on local authorities.
"It's important that the Government looks at our planning laws. We urgently need new legislation so that people have their voices heard."
The comments come after mobile phone company 3 installed a 33ft mast in Nether Hall Road early on Saturday morning, despite furious protests from residents.
Barbara Potter, chairwoman of Netherhall Tenants' and Residents' Association, led the campaign against the mast and had previously managed to stop it being
put up by tying herself to the work site.
She said: "The local authority should stand up to them.
"If it continues, phone masts are going to overrun the city."
Mike Dobson, community affairs manager for phone company 3, said: "We are confident that people's views are being taken into account.
With 60 million phone subscribers in the UK, it's clear that people throughout the country are demanding this service.
"The more people use mobiles, the more masts are necessary."
Leicester Mercury. BY GARY MITCHELL. 22 August 2005
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Leicester: BARBARA'S BOUND PROTEST HALTS PHONE MAST WORK

A one-woman campaign forced a mobile phone company to stop work to put up a 33ft mast on her estate.

Mother-of-two Barbara Potter tied herself to the base station of the mast in Nether Hall Road, Leicester, minutes before workmen arrived
with the mast on the back of a truck.
Her David and Goliath battle with the phone giant 3 stopped the firm in its tracks - and won a temporary reprieve.
Ms Potter, 39, chairwoman of Netherhall Tenants and Residents' Association, said: "I'll be here every time they bring this mast here to stop it going up,
and if I break the law and they take me away, I'll get someone else to stand here against it."
More than 25 residents cheered and clapped as she tied herself with telephone cord yesterday and refused to move until the mast was taken away.
Police inspector Chris Barratt spoke to workmen and they agreed to a temporary halt. However, a 3 spokesman said they will return to put it up
"within a few weeks".
Ms Potter, who is a grandmother of two, said residents had been fighting the plan for more than three years.
She said: "We're tired of having our views trampled over. We tried to make ourselves heard to the city council, but they wouldn't listen.
This is the only way that we can be heard.
"We gave in a petition of 78 signatures to our councillors, but they did not take it into the full cabinet meeting where they approved planning permission."
City councillors today said there was little that they could do to stop phone masts going up. Ward councillor John Mugglestone said he opposed the
mobile phone mast from the original application in October last year.
He said: "We opposed it the mast as far as possible. Councillors are frustrated by legislation that always favours the phone companies.
"They can put up masts wherever they want, there is nothing we can do to stop them.
"If we had taken it any further, it would have gone to appeal and we would have lost, and it would have cost the city a lot of money."
Coun Mugglestone said councillors had not received any petitions from residents.
Mike Dobson, a spokesman for 3, said: "Ultimately, the mast will go up.
We have planning permission for that site.
If there are continual protests stopping lawful work we will get the police involved.
"We will try to speak to Ms Potter and discover her concerns, but we will be coming back to complete the job within the next few weeks."
Many residents in Netherhall praised Ms Potter's actions.
Former Oadby and Wigston borough councillor David Allen, 66, who lives on Nether Hall Road, said: "We have had petitions signed by
everyone around here saying we don't want it."
Evelyn Webster, 63, said: "Barbara Potter knows what she's doing. We feel that enough is enough."
BY TOM BENNETT AND JAMIE HORTON. 10:30 - 12 August 2005
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TOWER BLOCK MAST PLAN TURNED DOWN

Plans to put six more mobile phone masts on a tower block have been rejected after a councillor described the building as like "an anchored satellite".
Elizabeth House already has 16 masts on its roof and residents say that is too many.
The city's planning committee has now rejected a new application by phone company O2, fearing the antennae may pose a risk.
Residents welcomed the news today - but appealed for the block's existing masts to be removed.
Over the past 10 years, 14 antennae, two dish antennae and four equipment cabinets have been installed on the roof of the tower block, in Waterloo Way,
near Leicester train station.
One resident, Phil Hendy, claims he is suffering ill health from the existing mobile phone aerials.
Mr Hendy, 61, has lived on the top floor of Elizabeth House since 1979, but says his health deteriorated after masts were installed in 1999.
He said: "I suffer from dizziness, headaches, loss of balance, loss of power in my limbs and arthritis.
"The symptoms ease when I leave the building. I live right under the main equipment cabinet and there are also electrical cables on the roof.
"Residents are pleased with the decision but really they should be trying to remove what's already there."
Councillor Patrick Kitterick, who represents the city centre, said: "There is nowhere else in Leicester where you have this concentration of
antennae in one location and it is growing and growing.
"You would not put these antenna near a row of terraces - it's only flat-dwellers who seem to have to put up with this."
Planning committee member Coun John Thomas said: "This is not so much a block of flats as an anchored telecommunications satellite.
"The people living at the top of the flats must be right in the firing line. We have reached saturation point."
Planning officers - who had advised councillors to approve O2's application - said that radiation readings taken last week by phone regulator
Ofcom showed that levels of exposure in and around Elizabeth House were "well within the maximum levels allowed".
The highest dose, at the junction of Campbell Street and Fox Street, is one-thousandth of the national safety figure.
They said councillors could choose to refuse permission if they believed it had not been proved that there was no health risk from an
increased number of aerials.
Councillors voted unanimously to refuse the application, on the grounds of the number of existing antennae and possible health risks.
O2 spokeswoman Angela Johnson said: "It is too early to say whether we will appeal but we are very disappointed that we haven't got this site.
"The cumulative effect of the radiation is thousands of times lower than international safety guidelines and is less than a mobile itself."
Leicester Mercury. BY MEL ATKINSON. 10:30 - 04 August 2005
melatkinson@leicestermercury.co.uk
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Leicester
The residents of Elizabeth House, Leicester, would like to thank all those who sent letters of objection on their behalf.
They are very grateful for your support and want you to know that the planning application was refused by every councillor on the committee,
to include the committee chairman!
And that is not all! Leicester Council has woken up and it is now going to test other mast sites.
This is a great day!
I also thank you for helping these people because the odds were stacked against them.
Even at the eleventh hour the recommendation was to approve the application.
We have less chance of failing if we all back each other, so I really appreciate your support.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005 7:34 PM

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Leicester:
Help needed for Leicester tower block

I am really concerned about Elizabeth House, Leicester, and the people who are living there, one of whom called the advice line. It is 25 floors high with multi masts on the roof (one with 12 antennae) and two TETRA masts nearby. There is a new application in for an 02 6 antenna 3G. When Phil Hendy rang me
he was almost out of time to put in objection letters and he has no phone or computer. I wrote an objection letter and posted it to him so he could get support
for it from other residents.
He suffers from the sleep disruption and many other things, but fights on. He collected 100 signatures from the 150 residents for the planning objection letter, but
I have learnt that the objection letter I wrote is not enough. I have gone to David and Chris Maile to find some way to make new representation, but Phil is too ill now to collect more signatures. I have written to ask if this last objection point can be included with the 100 signatures, but do not know if it will be allowed.
So I thought if I could get others to send it in on their behalf we might swing it.
I would be grateful if some of you could send in something based on, or the exact copy of what I have posted below and send it to stuart.winter@leicester.gov.uk.

Here is the planning wording.
Ref: Planning Application No. 20051122 02 (UK) Ltd 6 antennae pole and cabinets on the roof of Elizabeth House, London Road, Leicester LE2 0QP

I would like this application refused on the grounds of intensity of use in a residential area; the adverse effect to the amenity of the locality; and
possibly on the grounds of conflict of policy.
Elizabeth House lies alongside Victoria Park, which is a protected conservation area.
Two of the existing masts are already visible to passers-by, residents of the block, and from Victoria Park.
They are described by some people as an eyesore.
To add more masts would create further clutter and ugliness to the visual aspect of this predominant block of flats, and therefore to
the neighbourhood, part of which is a conservation area.
Even if the proposed 02 masts are mounted at the rear of the building, some of them will still be very visible from Victoria Park,
breaking the natural eye-line of Elizabeth House, the sky line, and the panoramic view.
Any extension or increase in the clutter on the roof will have a dramatic effect upon the skyline, and both the medium and long term
view of the building takes away from the amenity of, and the general well-being of, residents in the area and visitors to Victoria Park.

Whilst a single, or even two installations might be acceptable to any given location, the increase to a third or fourth, or more, can
effectively be the straw that breaks the camel's back.
PPG8 para 14 makes it clear that visual intrusion is an important question in the siting of masts, and para 20 states "Authorities will need
to consider the cumulative impact upon the environment of additional antennas sharing a mast or masts sharing a site"
A clear policy of a need, whilst on the one hand to reduce the number of sites, but on the other that it is not a question of forever piling on the
installation after installation, but that some cumulative effect will be a legitimate ground for a refusal of an application.
The general thrust of PPG8 is that of finding the best environmental solution on a case by case basis, therefore in this particular case there is
strong evidence to suggest that further installations would be inappropriate due to the considerable negative impact on the amenity of the area and
in the general well-being of residents in the area and visitors to Victoria Park. It is abundantly clear that the existence of any additional masts on this building will cause considerable long term stress and anxiety amongst the residents and in so doing will have a significant and unacceptable effect on the amenity.

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Leicester:
Leicester campaigners angry about another mast

CAMPAIGNERS FIGHT MOBILE MAST PLANS
Campaigners are fighting plans to build a second mobile phone mast in a street.
Phone company T-Mobile wants to put a 38ft mast in Goodwood Road, Evington
There is already a similarly sized phone mast, put up by the 3G company, in front of St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church.
The latest application would see a mast placed on a grass verge about 150ft away, outside the church house.
Angry residents say the second mast would be an eyesore and that they won't let it go ahead.
Brian Stephens, 64, who lives in Greystone Avenue, which backs on to the street, is among the people fighting the mast application.
He said: "We will not put up with this and it will happen over my dead body.
"Another mast would be even more of an eyesore than we have to put up with at the moment and we won't let this one lie.
"People are outraged about this and although we hope it won't get permission, if it does, we will probably pull it down."
Parish priest Father John Lally and people who attend St Joseph's have criticised the plans from the company, which will go before Leicester City Council's planning committee on July 19.
Father John said: "A lot of church-goers live locally and their main concern would be for the residents.
"The policy of the Catholic church in the Midlands is that because the safety of the masts isn't proved, we won't have anything to do with supporting them."
Kevan Hollidge, 56, who attends church services at St Joseph's, said: "It's a nice church and there shouldn't be masts put up outside it.
"I understand there is a need for masts, but it should be put somewhere away from residential areas."
Mick Jagger, 62, who lives near the planned mast, said: "Masts like this are an eyesore and they devalue property. It's also the thin end of the wedge and we could end up with a lot more masts."
Evington ward councillor Tony O'Brien said: "I would object to this because of the potential health hazards and also because the masts shouldn't be sited in residential areas."
A T-Mobile spokeswoman said: "All communities have the potential to benefit from first-class mobile communications, whether they are used for business,
social or emergency purposes.
"When a new mast is needed, we try to reduce the impact on the local environment with sensitive siting, innovative design and, where appropriate,
landscaping."
A spokeswoman from 3G said: "We are committed to the highest scientific and safety standards in all our operations.
"All our equipment is safe by design and is in full compliance with the international public emission guidelines."
BY ANDREW WHITAKER Leicester Mercury. 10:30 - 05 July 2005
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Medbourne:
Protests mount over masts bid
ANGRY villagers are organising a petition to stop phone masts being put up near their village.
Medbourne Against Masts (MAM) has been formed to fight applications for masts in Drayton Road and Manor Road on the outskirts of the village.
The group, which has already collected a 165 names on their petition, claims
the proposals would expose residents to harmful radiation and adversely affect the countryside around Medbourne.
Spokesman Nickie Philbin, who lives in Drayton Road, said: "We in the village are totally opposed to these masts.
"Five years ago people were only concerned that their views would be spoiled
but now they are more worried about the effect on their health.
"We would have thought it would be easier to put the masts further into the countryside where there are no homes or people."
MAM organised a meeting with Melton and Rutland MP Alan Duncan, where he pledged to take the campaigners' fight to the relevant authorities.
Mobile phone company Orange has applied to build a 50ft mast at the Drayton Road site, while the Manor Road site would be occupied by a 65ft TETRA, or terrestrial trunked radio, mast which would contain radio equipment for use by Leicestershire Police.
MAM member Paula Parish (42), from Drayton Road, has just recovered from chemotherapy after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
She said: "I contracted the illness about 20 years younger than someone could normally expect to be diagnosed, so I think I am in a high-risk group.
I also have two young children and I am worried about what the effects could be on them."
Earlier this year, proposals for two masts near Newton Harcourt were thrown out by Harborough District Council.
Harborough Today. 26 May 2005

Lincolnshire:
United Kingdom Created: 10 Jul 2005
Lincoln:
PARENTS' BATTLE TO BLOCK PHONE MAST BID

Parents have vowed to fight plans to put a mobile phone mast within 100 metres of a children's playing field.
O2 Ltd wants to install the mast outside Birchwood Shopping Centre, in Lincoln.
The plan means the mast would be within 100 metres of Birchwood Junior School, in Larchwood Crescent.
There is already a T Mobile mast at the back of Birchwood Shopping Centre and an Orange one at the opposite end of Birchwood Avenue,
near its junction with Pershore Way.
But parents of Birchwood Junior School pupils say this latest mast is too close for comfort.
The planned mast is also close to a clutch of other schools, including Leslie Manser in Kingsdown Road, the Lancaster School and the
Papermoon Day Nursery, both in Jasmin Road.
The Government says there are no proven health risks.
But parents say they fear that radiation emitted by such masts could lead to infertility or diseases like cancer.
Mum Sam Wakefield (39), of Caistor Road, has Daisy (nine) at Birchwood Junior and Emily (six) at the Lancaster.
"I just don't see the need for it," she said. "Why situate something like that there when you have got so many schools around?"
Her neighbour Angela Fleming agrees.
Mrs Fleming has Lauryn (six) at the Lancaster and Daniel (eight) at Birchwood Junior.
"I wouldn't want any more being put in when there are schools in the area. All you hear about is the health risks," she said.
Birchwood Junior headteacher Carol Smith was due to meet governors to discuss the plans last night "The safety of our children is our primary
concern," she said.
O2 originally applied to install the mast in October 2004. But Lincoln city councillors asked the company to look into the possibility of combining the mast
with existing ones in the area.
O2 now says those masts would have to be made unreasonably tall to accommodate it.
It has submitted another plan to the city council to put the mast on the grass verge at the shopping centre.
O2 says its plans are in line with guidelines issued by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) -
a body of independent scientific experts.
"O2 is committed to ensuring all new installations are ICNIRP compliant and on this basis there is no basis for this application to be refused on
health and safety grounds," the application says.
O2 community liaison officer Jim Stevenson added: "It is a very low-level radio transmitter and receiver.
There should be no health and safety fears over the emissions."
The application is the latest in a string of mast plans to cause controversy.
These include a row about a placing a mast on St Giles Church, in Lamb Gardens, Lincoln, and worries about extending a mast on the maternity
unit at Lincoln County Hospital.
Lincolnshire Echo. 14 July 2005
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Grimsby:
FEARS ON LINE OVER MAST PLAN

Residents are in uproar over a site for a proposed mobile phone mast - on a grass verge.

Vodafone is consulting with the public as it tries to find a suitable site in Humberston's North Sea Lane for a base station to provide 3G coverage
for mobile users. It will then decide whether or not to make a formal planning submission to North East Lincolnshire Council.
A grass verge at the junction of Carrington Drive and North Sea Lane has been earmarked for the 8m-high telegraph-style pole, with three antennae at the top.
But a petition has been signed by more than 100 people and posted to Mono, the consultants for Vodafone.
Father-of-four Michael Swift (47) has lived on North Sea Lane for five years, just metres away from the site.
He said: "The Government still hasn't done all the research into the effects of mobile phone masts.
"I would have safety concerns for my children and grandchild. It's also an eyesore and would lower the value of properties."
Vodafone says an existing tree there "will provide some screening of the installation from the residential properties to the south." and states in letters to
nearby residents it "will not look out of character" with the rest of the telegraph poles and street lamps lining North Sea Lane.
Miles Davis (32) is another who lives within 20m of the proposed mast site. He has written letters of objection to the consultants and the council's
planning department.
"It's rather silly of them to put it so close to the houses when the health effects are unproved and it's an unsolved issue," he said.
"The tree will not prevent it being clearly visible."
His mother Wynette (67) added: "I couldn't believe it when we got the letter. Nobody round here wants it to happen."
Patricia Barrs prepared the petition to record her own and many others' dismay.
DANIEL.EVANS@GRIMSBYTELEGRAPH.CO.UK
12:30 - 09 July 2005
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PARENTS CALLING FOR A BAN ON PHONE MASTS
Mobile phone mast campaigners say they have been vindicated by an Australian ruling that masts should not be next to schools.
The Australian government has followed New Zealand, Italy, Sweden, Luxembourg and Salzburg in banning masts near schools, child care centres,
hospitals and nurseries.
Bishop King Primary School in Kingsway, Lincoln, has a mast just metres away from its building, and the parents and teachers have been campaigning
against it.
Headmaster David Tinsley said: "I think this just shows that other governments accept that there may be a risk with these masts, although sadly ours
appears not to.
"The point is that nobody knows whether there is a risk or not.
"They may be perfectly safe, but on the other hand they may not, and if theyare not then children are the most vulnerable to ill effects.
"We are baffled by this Government's attitude when its own reports have suggested that a precautionary approach should be adopted, and yet nothing is
put into practice."
His frustration was echoed by parent Andrew Gill, who is a member of the phone mast committee.
"We would just like to see the Government and the council taking some responsibility for this," he said.
"At the moment all the council has to consider is how it looks, not whether it will affect the health of children.
"The Government's advice in the Stewart report is quite clear, yet nothing is done."
The mast is situated on top of the fire station in South Park, next door to Bishop King School.
It is even closer to the half-built new special school, which is scheduled to open next Easter.
"We don't want the next generation to be picking up the pieces if something does turn out to be wrong with these things," said Mr Gill, who lives in Kingsway.
Green MEP Caroline Jackson is pressuring the Government to follow Australia's lead and ban mobile phone masts next to schools.
"Without it, the result has been fear and uncertainty as mobile phone masts have sprung up - often requiring no planning permission or even advance warning - on schools, hospitals and in densely populated areas," she said.
However, mobile phone operators insist there is no scientific basis for a ban on masts near schools.
A spokeswoman for the Mobile Operators' Association said: "Since 2000, Ofcom has undertaken more than 360 random audits of base stations near schools and hospitals.
"The measurements from these audits show that emissions levels from base stations are typically small fractions of the international health and safety exposure guidelines."
She said parents should be comforted by a National Radiological Protection Board report in January, which said measurements showed there was no scientific basis for establishing minimal distances between base stations and areas of public occupancy.
Write to Your View at the Lincolnshire Echo, Brayford Wharf East,
Lincoln, LN5 7AT. Lincolnshire Echo. - 30 May 2005

Middlesex:
United Kingdom Created: 10 Jul 2005
Greater London: Bromley

Council calls on government to change planning plans to change mast regulations

THE long campaign for health fears to become a valid objection against mobile phone masts has stepped up a gear.
Outraged residents have protested against masts of different sizes, many not requiring planning permission, springing up all over the borough.
Radiation detectors have shown high levels in homes close to masts and residents believe the waves are linked to ill-health.
Now Bromley Council is asking the Government for health issues to be considered when looking at planning permission for masts.
It also wants developers to apply for planning permission for all masts, not just the larger ones.
But some residents believe the council's action is too little, too late.
They say back in 2000 the independent Stewart Committee recommended tighter planning laws as a precaution because the effects of masts on health
were still unknown.
The committee also said in January this year health risks could not be ruled out because not enough research has been carried out.
Angela Shields, 37, moved to her home on Footbury Hill Road, Orpington, near the BT telephone exchange on Chislehurst Road, in 2000.
When a mast went up in February, Mrs Shields and her family experienced nose-bleeds, headaches and insomnia until they arranged their furniture
away from the signal.
She said: "The masts are breeding like flies and so many people from Bromley have bad health effects but no-one has listened."
There is currently no scientific evidence to prove the link and laws do not allow councils to consider health concerns.
Councillor Chris Maines proposed the idea of asking the Government to change the regulations over objections.

He said: "This would allow us to come down on the side of health concerns. It would be up to the developer to prove masts are safe."
Deputy council leader Councillor Graham Arthur said: "We are calling on the Government to give us the powers so people can have their say on
all masts and antennae."
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‘Disgraceful’ plan to put phone mast on top of church

A CASH-strapped Highgate church is facing stiff opposition from angry neighbours over plans to place a mobile mast on its ancient spire.
Father Andrew Meldrum, vicar of St Anne's in Highgate West Hill, is weighing up whether to allow an antenna at the Grade II-listed church.
The church could get £10,000 for the deal with T-Mobile, but is consulting with all residents within 150 metres of the church before making a decision.
Deborah and Adrian Laing, who live in Langbourne Avenue near the church, are furious that St Anne's is even considering the plan.
The couple, who are both solicitors, believe that mobile masts are a health hazard and have already started a campaign to stop it.
Mr Laing said: "My wife has already photocopied the letters and is pinning them to trees around the Holly Lodge estate.
"We will do everything in our power to make sure that this does not happen. We can see the spire from our home and we have five young children.
"The church can expect us to take every legal means at our disposal to stop this. We think it is a disgrace."
In his letter to locals, Fr Meldrum said: "If the installation were to proceed, St Anne's would receive an annual fee.
"This would be used to the benefit of the church and community and could provide some stability for long-term projects.
"In terms of the effect of the installation on the surrounding area we are assured that any installation would have no visual effect on the church building or the neighbourhood, as any antennae and accompanying equipment would be housed within the spire of the church."
If permitted the mast would be used to boost coverage on T-Mobile's 3G network. The church is currently engaged in a major renovation project and is expecting to complete work on its roof in mid-October.
While it would like to raise more money to support further works, including £25,000 worth of improvements to its bells, Fr Meldrum said the Parish Church Council (PCC) has not decided what it would use the cash for.
He said: "We deliberately haven't considered what we would do with the money because we don't want it to influence our decision on whether we accept the mobile company's offer."
Those who might want to help the fundraising efforts at St Anne's can send their donations to Father Andrew Meldrum, 106 Highgate West Hill, London N6.
Hamstead and Highgate Express. editorial@hamhigh.co.uk
22 July 2005
Andrew Brightwell. andrew.brightwell@hamhigh.co.uk
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Liberal Democrats join mast protest

LIB DEM politicians in Child's Hill have joined the fight against plans to put up a phone mast near a children's playground.
Barnet councillors Monroe and Susette Palmer have written to mobile company LCC UK urging them to withdraw plans for the mast on Hendon Way.
Mr Palmer said: "This mast would be on the fence of Basing Hill Park, where there is a children's playground that is very well used and a sports school,
also well used.
"The mast will be unsightly, it will undoubtedly be covered with graffiti and it will reduce the width of footway the path to Wessex Gardens School.
Hamstead and Highgate Express. editorial@hamhigh.co.uk. 22 July 2005
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Woodford
Mast victory as council throws out plans

PLANS to erect a mobile phone mast in South Woodford have been thrown out by councillors on the regional planning committee.
The five members of the committee voted overwhelming against the 15-metre telecommunication pole which phone company O2 wants to put up outside Waitrose in the High Road.
A letter sent by the company said that it needed to put up the pole, which was higher than the surrounding street lights, in order to provide proper transmission coverage for both second and third generation phones after a mast on the nearby Queen Mary and Westfield site came down following re-development plans.
The letter said the company had looked for alternative sites, but had discounted putting it near Carnarvon Road, where residents believe the high number of radiation-emitting transmitters was responsible for the high amount of cancer cases in the street.
Also Odeon Cinemas, which has a blanket ban on phone masts on its property, said no to the request for a mast to be put on the South Woodford cinema.
That left O2 with the option of the site near the North Circular, a plan which the committee rejected last week.
But just six weeks ago the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol upheld an appeal from T-Mobile, giving it the go-ahead for a mast on land next to the bowling club in Aldersbrook Road, Wanstead.
This came after Redbridge councillors originally said no and councillor Richard Hoskins believes O2 will also appeal.
He said: "I'm prepared to get into trouble on appeal. I'm sure the planning officers will think we're being irresponsible."
After discussing the public's health concerns about the radiation pumped out by the masts cllrs Richard Hoskins, Felicity Banks, Sue Nolan and Allan Burgess refused the application on grounds that the pole would be visually intrusive and make an already cluttered streetscape worse.
sdixon@london.newsquest.co.uk
3:00pm Friday 8th July 2005
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Wanstead campaigners still stopping the show
Phone mast protest stops traffic
By Dominic Yeatman Wanstead and Wooford Guardian
CONCERNED protestors who are fighting plans for a mobile phone mast in Wanstead, took to the streets in their campaign to have it stopped.
More than 100 parents and residents gathered at the site in Aldersbrook Road, stopping traffic in the evening rush hour on Wednesday, July 6, to draw attention to their cause.
Phone company T-mobile recently won the final appeal in a long legal struggle to have the 10.5-metre mast erected opposite the Aldersbrook Bowls Club, but the location is 200 meters from Aldersbrook Primary School and residents have pledged to continue their fight against the mast.
Campaign organiser Elizabeth Canavan said: "The drivers were for the main part really supportive and were beeping in support.
"It didn't cause havoc but it was a symbolic raising of the banner. We didn't advertise widely for this, mainly at the school, but there's quite a lot of anxiety over this around the whole area."
Construction of the mast started recently but was brought to a halt when Mrs Canavan ran to the site and sat in the hole that had been dug.
Now residents are keeping a close watch for any further work and have promised to prevent any more taking place.
Mrs Canavan said: "We're thinking of picketing local T-Mobile shops. They have won permission for a mast in Centre Road so why can't they use that?"
T-shirts were printed and post cards attached to black balloons were released, one of which reached Belgium before being sent back with a message of support.
After an hour police brought the protest to a halt. There were no arrests.
By Sara Dixon Wanstead and Woodford Guardian.
dyeatman@london.newsquest.co.uk
17.07.05
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Wanstead:
Mum dives in to prevent mast

Mum blocks the mobile mast builders
WANSTEAD residents campaigning against plans for a mobile phone mast are taking direct action and enlisting celebrity support after planning inspectors ruled against them.
Phone company T-mobile have been attempting to get permission for a mast opposite the Aldersbrook bowls club in Aldersbrook Road for nearly two years, and have finally won permission from the Bristol-based planning inspectorate.
The site is just yards from Aldersbrook Primary School, and when news spread on Monday that contractors had arrived to start construction, Merlin Road resident Elizabeth Canavan ran to the spot to stop work.
She jumped in the hole that had been dug on the site to check for gas pipes and electricity cables, and sat down.
She said: "The workmen were very good. One suggested that we all have mobile phones, but I don't and infants and young children don't, and it's just 200 yards from the school where the signal will bathe them in emissions."
Mrs Canavan stayed at the site for three hours and eventually left after the men filled in the hole, but she has pledged to return should work resume.
She says a petition against the mast raised 315 signatures of whom 110 were T-mobile users satisfied with the coverage they already had in the area.
A group called Aldersbrook residents mast solution (ARMS) has been organised and yesterday they lodged an appeal in the High Court against the inspector's decision.
Television celebrity Uri Geller has agreed to sell T-shirts on their behalf at the Aldersbrook primary school fete on Saturday, July 9.
Mrs Canavan said: "This is a rallying call for people in the community. It's near the school and it's near people's houses and we need the community's support in fundraising and campaigning."
For details on the campaign, call 8530 2658 or visit www.maststop. com.
This is Local London 03.07.05. dyeatman@london.newsquest.co.uk.

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Ilford:
Phone mast protests

DETERMINED residents are preparing to do battle in the High Court to stop a mobile phone mast being put up in a conservation area close to a primary school.
Last month, a planning inspector overturned Redbridge Council's refusal and allowed T-Mobile's appeal, granting planning permission for the 11.7m high mast
on land adjacent to the Bowling Club, Aldersbrook Road, Wanstead.
Mother-of-three Elizabeth Canavan, of Merlin Road, Wanstead, rushed to stop work on the site on Monday afternoon and was soon joined by reinforcements.
Sitting on a mound of soil with her 15-month old daughter Eva, Mrs Canavan said she is "completely determined" to protect children at nearby Aldersbrook
Primary School, Harpenden Road, Wanstead, from a potential cancer risk.
The protesters have set up Aldersbrook Residents Mast Solution (ARMS) and served papers on the planning inspectorate on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a group of angry Newbury Park residents staged a protest on Saturday against plans to erect a mast in the heart of their community.
Ilford Recorder. 30 June 2005
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Enfield
MP meets minister to voice mast concerns

Enfield Southgate MP David Burrowes is pushing for new laws to clamp down on the proliferation' of mobile telephone masts in residential areas.
He had a meeting with Jim Fitzpatrick, a minister in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, yesterday after joining more than 40 residents of Slades Hill, Enfield, at a protest on Saturday morning.
The group, who are concerned about the effect a 30-foot mobile mast would have on their health and property values, have just lost a year-long fight with telecommunications giant Orange, after the application was turned down by Enfield Council but passed on appeal by the Planning Inspectorate.
The deadline for residents to appeal against that decision at the High Court passed on Friday.
Elsa Evans, who lives in Slades Hill opposite the proposed site, admits residents have probably lost the fight against Orange as they would be unable to afford the high costs associated with taking out a civil action.
She said: "We have gone down kicking an d screaming.
"I am going to have my home valued now and then again when the mast is there. I feel like the values of our homes are being snatched away."
Mr Burrowes is angry because he feels current Government legislation does not take local issues into account.
He said: "While the council does what it can, and in many cases refuses permission, it can only do so much.
"People have the choice of whether to buy a mobile phone, but at the moment residents have no choice about a mast being put on their doorstep.
"Especially with new 3G technology, there is the prospect of many more masts, which is a real concern."
He has appealed to Mr Fitzpatrick for changes in the law and has promised to carry on lobbying on behalf of residents.
By Johnathan Schroder Enfield Independent. Thursday 30th June 2005
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London:
Triple phone mast plans rejected

THREE proposals to install phone masts in Three Rivers were rejected last week.
The applications, all for T Mobile, were for masts in Baldwins Lane in Croxley Green, Hill Farm in Stag Lane, Chorleywood, and land at the junction of Valley Road with The Clump in Rickmansworth.
All three were unanimously rejected at a meeting of Three Rivers' development control committee last Thursday.
Council leader and committee member Ann Shaw led the calls for all masts to be rejected.
She said: "The development control committee looks at each mast application individually on its merits in the situation proposed.
"We objected to the masts proposed for Baldwins Lane and the junction of The Clump and Valley Road as too obtrusive and prominent in the street scene.
"The Hill Top Farm site was rejected as inappropriate development in the Green Belt."
Anti-mobile phone mast campaigner Yasmin Skelt, of Chorleywood, said: "Everyone in our group is very pleased with the council's decision.
"Residents joined forces to oppose these applications and the decisions show local democracy in action." For full story see Friday's printed version of the This is Local London. Watford Observer.
11:02am Tuesday 19th July 2005
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London mobile networks overwhelmed

Mobile networks in the UK capital have been gridlocked after the blasts throughout central London. According to the BBC, Vodafone has announced that
it has reserved some network capacity for the emergency service workers dealing with the disaster.
According to Vodafone, all of its switches are at capacity and it is having to free up a portion of the network to ensure that police and emergency services
can communicate, which means that regular customers will not be able to use a proportion of their local base station. The company added that this only
related to a section of the network across London, so people can still make calls but it will be much more difficult to make a call than usual.
According to the BBC, Orange and O2 said there was "congestion" on their networks making it hard to get through on the first attempt. In addition,
Virgin Mobile has stated that as there are so many people making calls it is taking a while for customers to get through successfully.
The problems with the mobile networks has had a knock-on effect on fixed lines phones, said the BBC. In addition, the BBC has revealed that a
spokesman for BT has announced that as so many people were turning to fixed line phones once they found that the mobile network was down that
it too was running near to capacity. BT are asking that people only make essential calls to limit the congestion
Published in Telecomworldwire on Thursday, 07 July 2005
Copyright (C) 2005, M2 Communications Ltd.

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London''
'Don't ignore mast concerns

As an East Finchley resident who lives within 100 yards of Holy Trinity Church and the site of the proposed telephone mast, I am disappointed with your
report (June 16) that there has been no response from the vicar, the Rev Laurence Hill, to protests. I have known him for over 20 years and have previously found him to be very responsive to community concerns.
In the meantime, remarks attributed to Mr John Horsley, QS4 project manager, are only inflaming the situation by trying to belittle the cause of those who are opposed to a potential health hazard that will further encourage the deployment of already over-used mobile phones.
Mr Horsley has also queried the motives of our MP, Rudi Vis.
Dr Vis's conscientious attention to issues such as this which affect his constituents was a major reason why he was returned to Parliament for Finchley
and Golders Green in May of this year.
John Davies,
Manor Park Road, East Finchley
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MOBILE MAST SPARKS HEALTH FEARS

PLANS to install a phone mast near to homes have sparked a protest from dozens of families concerned about the health risk to their children.
Telecommunications company Vodafone sent Elmbridge Council details of their intention to erect a 12-metre mast on land by Somerset Close in Hersham,
near two blocks of flats and several houses.
The site is just yards away from the spot where T-Mobile wanted to erect a 10-metre mast on the roundabout at Queens Road in Hersham.
That application was not approved but T-mobile has lodged an appeal against the council’s decision.
Because of the planning laws surrounding mobile phone masts, applications cannot be rejected on the basis of health concerns.
The council has already received 50 letters of objection about the Vodafone mast.
Mum Tara Howland told the News & Mail: “Nobody I have spoken to wants it and we are all concerned about the health risks although they aren’t
something the council can take into consideration.”
Masts less than 15 metres tall do not need full planning permission. Mobile phone operators only need to give the council prior notification.
If the council objects within eight weeks, permission is refused, but the authority can only do this on the grounds of the mast’s location and appearance.
“Residents are completely outraged,” said Tara. “Vodafone haven’t considered other sites away from people’s homes and they haven’t considered
mast sharing.
“We were surprised to have a minimum of 21 days to object. They just put a notice up on the post a couple of months ago saying they were considering
putting in an application, but nobody has been contacted since. It was the council that contacted me once the application was sent in.
“There are lots and lots of families in this area,” she said. “The residents and the whole community just do not want these masts in and around our village.
If the Government is advising that masts should not be put up near schools, why put one near to where my daughter will be sleeping 10 to 12 hours a night?”
A Vodafone spokeswoman said the proposal was designed to improve their network signal in the area.
“In order for people to use mobile phones – and lots of us do – there has to be nearby base stations,” she said.
“They have to be near because they are very low-powered.
“The guidelines to which we comply are there to protect all of us, 24 hours a day, whether you live nearby or not. Proximity to residences is not the issue.
“It is always regrettable if people feel they have not been consulted when they should be. We do work very hard to try and ensure we consult people,
at the very least at ward councillor level.
“We are always happy to address any concern at any stage in the process. As soon as the application goes in, there is an opportunity, as the
residents have taken, to make their views known.
“We have a requirement in a specific area and moving outside that area would not work for us technically.
“We always consider every option. It is only after taking into account all the various elements that we come up with an option that we put forward
as a planning application.”
Details of the application, number 2005/1172, can be seen at the planning department of the Civic Centre on Esher High Street.
By TONY GREEN. 16/06/2005

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Greater London
Mast plans defeated after parents voice safety fears

PLANS for a phone mast were rejected by councillors after long discussions of the potential health risks.
The mast would have stood 50ft above the ground on Sutherland House, Sutherland Road, Walthamstow, a 1950s commercial building bordering on an
industrial area.
However the site is surrounded by residential properties and towers above both Willowfield School and Hillyfield Primary School.
When residents heard of Vodafone's plans during the Easter holidays, they mounted a campaign to fight it, fearing the possible health impact on schoolchildren and women attending a nearby antenatal clinic.
Residents Against the Mast (RAM) collected signatures on a petition and several residents sent individual letters of objection.
Helen Schafer, of Sutherland Road, spoke at the planning committee meeting and said: "I realise I am by no means alone in feeling sceptical about probable
health risks.
"Two schools were not informed by the council and one made its objection to Vodafone clear.
"Many parents of both schools have not been informed and have no clue their children's health is in danger."
Higham Hill councillors Peter Woollcott and Sean Meiszner spoke out against the mast, highlighting the 200 homes planned for the site of the old mill, only
yards away from the proposed mast.
A spokesman for Vodafone claimed the radiation towards nearby schools and homes would be only "a small amount" and complied with Government
guidelines, so the planning committee could not reject the mast on health grounds and rejected it on the basis of adverse visual impact on the area.
Seven councillors rejected the plans and only two voted in favour of the mast.
Waltham Forest Guardian Thursday 23rd June 2005

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Greater London
Masts making us ill

A SCIENTIFIC researcher says residents are being directly affected by high levels of mobile mast radiation found in their homes.
Ingrid Dickenson, director of scientific studies at anti-phone mast group Mast Sanity, recorded high levels of the radiation in four homes near to the 3G mast antennaes in Chislehurst Road, Orpington.
Residents, who have been campaigning for four years to remove the phone mast, say they have been suffering from headaches, sleeplessness and dizziness.
Mrs Dickenson says these symptoms, which also include tinnitus and nose bleeds, are the effects of non-thermal mobile mast radiation.
Susan Green, 40, and her 10-year-old son Christian, have been experiencing the symptoms since the 3G antennaes were put up in March.
They say the link between the masts and their ill health was confirmed a fortnight ago when they were switched off for a week's maintenance and their complaints disappeared.
Mrs Dickenson has been working on phone mast emissions with radiation experts from Europe and America since 1995.
She says the Government's current advice on mobile masts is misguided.
Mrs Dickenson said: "They say mobile phone radiation is not high enough to heat the body so is therefore safe.
"The National Radiological Protection Board is stubbornly refusing to look at the non-thermal effects.
"But non-thermal radiation does have a real effect, with the first symptoms being sleep disturbance, headaches and nosebleeds."
Mrs Green said: "I was not expecting the readings to be sky high. The news is devastating for me and my son."
Her next door neighbour Heather Lewis said: "My family have been suffering from headaches and sleeplessness.
"Mrs Dickenson's readings showed our bedroom was saturated with pulse radiation.
"I'm now going to buy metallic blinds to stop the radiation from coming through the window."
Bromley News Shopper. By Samantha Payne. reprinted 21.06.05
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Greater London
Council will fight phone mast laws

BROMLEY Council is to take on the Government over laws which see mobile phone masts imposed on communities against the wishes of planners.
But campaigners who have fought against the masts in the borough say it is too little too late.
In an official letter to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) the council states its concerns at the "present inability through the planning process to act in the best interests of local residents".
Currently Bromley Council has to follow Government guidelines when granting applications for masts, even if residents are fiercely opposed.
Masts under 15m do not require planning permission, making it difficult to control clusters springing up in residential areas.
It says the 56-day period for councils to consider an application before it is automatically accepted is not enough to carry out adequate consultation within the community.
The letter was prompted by a proposal from Orpington councillor Chris Maines at the council meeting on June 14, who asked the Government publish up-to-date health advice on masts.
He is also calling for planning permission to be required for all but the tiniest signal boosters and public consultation be improved.
Orpington Residents Against Masts (RAM) has welcomed the action but says it should have happened long ago.
Member Sue Green said: "I'm pleased to hear this but it's a case of too little too late. It should have happened four years ago."
The council is also enlisting the help of the borough's MPs.
Orpington MP John Horam said: "This is essential and I will be writing in support of Bromley Council.
"It is wrong masts which are almost 15ft high do not require planning permission."
The independent Stewart Committee, headed by Sir William Stewart in 2000, recommended tighter planning laws as a precaution because the effects of the masts were still unknown.
This was echoed by the new chairman of the committee Professor Lawrie Challis in January, who says the health risk cannot be ruled out because not enough research has been conducted.
By Jolene Hill. This is Local LondonTuesday 21st June 2005

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Greater London
Round two in mast fight to residents

Residents have chalked up a second victory in their fight against mobile phone masts.
People living near the A2 in Arbuthnot Lane, Bexley, were delighted when the council's planning committee turned down an application by Hutchison 3G(UK) for a mast and equipment on a grassed area in Torbrook Close.
Last year they fought off another application from T-Mobile for a mast in Iris Avenue, just the other side of the A2.
On behalf of the residents, Ian Lowe outlined their fears about the effects of microwave radiation from the mast on residents and especially children.
He reminded councillors: "We already have to live with the blight of the A2."
Councillors unanimously rejected the plan without discussion, because the company had not been able to show it was the only viable site and also because of the damage it would do to the street.
11:04am Tuesday 21st June 2005

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London:
Parents win campaign over phone mast

CAMPAIGNERS in Highgate have won their fight to stop a mobile phone mast going up near their children's school.
Mobile phone giant O2 wanted to put a freestanding 12.5m mast on the pavement in Aylmer Road, just 200m from Highgate Primary School
in North Hill.
More than 180 people signed a petition against the proposal and Haringey Council planners refused the application last week.
But parent Andrea Klein, who has a son at the 366-pupil school, said: "The mast has been refused but sadly for the wrong reasons.
It was refused because it is in a conservation area, near Metropolitan Open Land and Transport for London also objected to having it on their pathway.
"It was lucky for us but we are continuing to fight for other reasons, such as health, to be just as valid.
Hampstead and Highgate Express. editorial@hamhigh.co.uk. 17 June 2005

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Dulwich:
Fake trees in London? I think not!

Anger over fake tree mobile phone masts Jun 7 2005
MOBILE phone firms hope to stick two telecom masts in leafy Dulwich - disguised as Cypress trees.
Only a handful of "tree masts" exist in Britain and these would be South London's first.
Residents have scoffed at the idea, saying the plastic foliage would look ridiculous - especially in winter.
Yesterday, protesters voiced their concerns at the proposed site for the trees.
It is the Dulwich Estatesowned Pelo playing field off Gallery Road.
Adrian Hill, chairman of the Dulwich Society, said: "The existing trees are deciduous. They'll lose their leaves.
"It will look ridiculous and the plastic foliage will not blend in.
"We think they're in the wrong place.
"They'll be very prominent."
The masts, from telecom companies Orange and Vodafone, could be up to 60ft tall.
As yet, no formal application has been lodged with Southwark council to install them.

Ideal
John Major, chief executive of the Dulwich Estates, defended the proposal, saying the site was ideal.
"The trustees have formulated a policy over the years to work proactively with communications companies," he said.
"That way we have some say about where the masts go.
"The alternative is that they [telecoms companies] could put masts on pavements or public highways - areas outside our control in Dulwich - close to homes, the school, or the library for example.
"This way we can identify sites that are away from homes and away from the school.
"The Pelo site is one of these."
Orange was the first telecom company in the country to introduce masts disguised as trees.
Currently, manufacturers offer two evergreen models - Scots pines and Cypress.
A company spokeswoman said: "If we were to use an English tree such as an oak, the development would look very out of place during the autumn and winter when the real trees shed their leaves."
By Chris Pragnell, South London Press. Jun 7 2005

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Redbridge:
School fights plan for mobile mast

WORRIED parents claim drivers outside Snaresbrook Primary School will not be able to see children crossing the road if plans for
a mobile phone mast are approved.
Phone company T-Mobile wants to erect a 9.7-metre mast and two base cabinets at the junction of Meadow Walk and Woodford High Road,
200 yards from the gates of the school.
Councillors and parents assembled at the site on Sunday, and conducted their own experiment replicating the impact of the cabinets
which they say demonstrated the danger of the proposals.
Parent Nic Shastri, who has two children at the school, said: "We set up a large cardboard box to the size of the proposed cabinet
and we had four children waiting to cross the road. If you were a driver waiting to turn in you wouldn't have seen them.
"Parents have to walk to school these days because there is a double yellow line in Meadow Walk patrolled by traffic wardens.
We have had three recent deaths in Woodford Road and it's a notorious accident blackspot."
Telecom company Marconi is handling the application for T-Mobile and Wanstead MP Harry Cohen has written to it highlighting the objections.
Headteacher Dennis Murray said he had real concerns. He said: "There are two issues, potential health concerns and where they want to
site it because it could obstruct drivers' vision.
It's a health and safety issue and I can't believe that any company would consider putting one there."
A T-Mobile spokesman said: "T-Mobile understands there sometimes can be concerns when locating base stations in communities.
As part of the pre-consultation process we're considering a number of options in the area and gathering feedback from local concerned parties."
A formal planning application has yet to be submitted to Redbridge Council and Marconi has given residents until May 31 to make comments on the proposals. Write to Jonathan Walton, Marconi APT, Blays House, Wick Road, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey, TW20 OHJ.
This is local London: By Dominic Yeatman dyeatman@london.newsquest.co.uk

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CHINGFORD:
Mobile masts cause concern over health

CHINGFORD is being bombarded with phone mast applications, say local residents.
Fears about the number of phone masts being put up in the area were raised at a North Chingford Community Council meeting.
Local people said they were dismayed when a recent planning application for a mast at Chingford Hatch was rejected by Waltham Forest Council,
only to be overturned on appeal.
They asked if the council could take up the issue on behalf of residents and bring the case to the High Court.
A number of local people said health concerns were their main grievances against phone masts and councillors were asked if the authority
could monitor the levels of signal intensity from the masts.
Last Wednesday council leader Clyde Loakes said that the issue of phone masts was a national problem due to the increasing number
of people using mobile phones.
He said he could not justify using thousands of pounds of council tax money to get a High Court order to overturn planning permission
allowing phone masts to be put up.
Cllr Marion Fitzgerald said: "These masts are going up everywhere but if we took these cases to the High Court they would be shot down
in flames.
"The council is doing as much as it can about it.
"But we need the input of all of you to help us when the applications come through."
By Naomi Wright. This is Local London

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London Underground stations

All 275 London Underground stations are to get full mobile phone coverage within three years.
The decision follows a huge response from telecoms firms interested in installing the technology.
About 65 firms said they may bid for the £150million contract...

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Go online to check how masts affect you

A city MP has urged council chiefs to consider adopting a pioneering scheme which monitors the emissions being pumped from phone masts near homes
and schools.
The initiative, one of the first of its kind in the country, involves a device, known as a Cassiopeia, which will measure the electromagnetic field (EMF) in
parts of the city affected by phone masts.
Results from the Cassiopeia, which is installed by Vodafone, will be displayed in a graph on the council's website.
Families worried about the health effects of masts can check the website to see if they are within health and safety guidelines.
Dr Ian Gibson, MP for Norwich North, said he supported the scheme, which has been launched in Cambridge, and called on Norwich City Council to take
part in a similar scheme.
Sounds to me like it (the council) recognises the needs of people who are suspicious of masts and who will become suspicious of them in the future,
?he said.
“The more data we get the more informed we will become. If there's nothing to hide lets have it, let's be having them.�

Although the monitoring scheme was to be carried out by Vodafone Dr Gibson said it would be better than nothing.

“It's a step in the right direction,� he said. “We have no other regulator prepared to do it at the moment so we should be grateful for this small mercy.�

The Evening News has campaigned against the installation of mobile phone masts near to homes and schools until it is proved they are safe through our Put Masts on Hold campaign.

Hereward Cooke, deputy leader of Norwich City Council, said the council would be supportive of any initiative which would help allay fears about mobile phone masts.
We could certainly ask our communications department to see what lead Cambridge have taken and whether it could be adapted for Norwich's use,? he said.
Thatt will need the co-operation of all the mobile operators for it to be really effective. It will mean that each mast will need have to be well defined so it's known which area it covers.
Mr Cooke said implementing such a scheme in the city would have a number of advantages.
That could help us to set people's minds at rest as to whether they were in a danger area or not,? he said.
Thatt would also fall in line with our wish to share as much technical information as possible and thus try and remove the anxieties that people might feel.?
Graham Barker, 67, from Lloyd Road, Taverham, lives near to a controversial replacement mast on Fakenham Road.
He said he would be favour of the scheme being adopted by councils in the area.
It's a small step in the right direction, a lot of people are concerned about the output from these masts,? he said.
But it would be much better on an independent basis - it's like the phone company policing itself.?
Dr Rob Matthews, from Vodafone who is leading the project in Cambridge, said: Vodafone's sister companies in Greece and Italy have carried out this type
of 24-hour monitoring so we know how well it can work.
But now, thanks to the council, for the first time in this country, residents will able to check EMF levels in their own locality.
PETER WALSH. 31 August 2005 13:46 Norwich Evening News

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Mast families renew calls for research

Families who claim their street has higher than average rates of cancer because of a mobile phone mast looming over their homes today renewed calls for
proper research into health risks from the technology.
Three years ago the Evening News reported how at least six people living in the shadow of a mobile phone mast had developed cancer.
The victims' homes in Furze Road, Thorpe St Andrew were several hundred metres away from the 120ft mast in St Williams Way, and they had all
developed tumours in the previous six years.
Out of the six people featured in our story two have died from the disease and the others called for more research to be carried out into a possible link
between their illnesses and radiation emissions from the antenna.
Three years down the line and families are once again urging more work to be done.
In 2002 Norwich North MP Ian Gibson added his voice to the calls for more research, but today he said that without any more cases, any further
research into the links would be unlikely.
He said: There has been no new research done but there have been no new cases that we know of.
As the people concerned were all suffering from different types of cancer, it would make it hard to link them all to living near to the mast.?
Ivan Bond, 77, of nearby Churchfield Green, was one of the people who called for research three years ago.
He has lived only feet away from the 120ft structure since 1987.
When his wife Olive died shortly after the Evening News investigation three years ago,
there were concerns that her death could have been linked to the mast, but they were never investigated.
More research definitely needs to be done,? he said today.
I know Mr Gibson said it needs more new cases, but these masts are going up all the over the country.
I think research should be done anyway, and it's very frustrating that it hasn't.
The Evening News's Keep Masts On Hold campaign has called for no more masts to be put up near homes or schools until proper research into the
health risks is completed.
In 2001 Norwich families quizzed one of the world's leading experts on the risks of mobile phone masts Sir William Stewart after he was invited to the city.
The Stewart report published in May 2000 recommended planners take into account the possibility of risks to health when allowing new masts to go up.
The mast is owned by Arqiva, formerly NTL, and leased to mobile phone companies.
Arqiva did not wish to comment yesterday (fri).
Three of the four surviving victims were Betty Chaplin and Vera and Leonard Lamb. The fourth did not want to be identified but is still alive.
DAVID BALE Norwich Evening News 24. 13 August 2005
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Norwich :
Dr Ian Gibson campaigning to help on planning

Top-level talks hope for mast protesters
Anti-phone campaigners could be in line for a much-needed boost after a Norwich MP met the Government Minister responsible for masts.
Concerned families throughout Norfolk could find themselves given more of a voice in the future siting of controversial mast applications - if the meeting between Dr Ian Gibson, Norwich North MP, and Housing and Planning Minister Yvette Cooper is anything to go by.
“We're determined to get a new planning law on these masts,” said Dr Gibson, a long time supporter of the Evening News's Put Masts on Hold campaign.
“She seemed very sympathetic to the argument that we need to look at the masts we see and the masts we don't see and that people know all the choices and they play a part in making the choice where it should be.”
The Evening News has called for a halt on the siting of mobile phone masts near homes and schools until it is proved they are safe.
After the meeting in London, which was also attended by a member of the pressure group Mast Action, Dr Gibson said he was told Ms Cooper had agreed to consider a number of issues surrounding masts - including health.
“We made the argument that health had to be considered in any new planning application because now there's inconsistencies and some do and some don't,” he said.
“She said they will have to do something in wake of the Harrogate judgement.”
In November 2004 campaigners were dealt a legal blow after three appeal judges threw out a test case over a decision to allow a mobile phone mast to be installed near three schools.
In June of that year three giant mobile phone firms won a High Court battle for the right to put up the 25 metre mast in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
This was despite health concerns and opposition from Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.
At the Court of Appeal in London Lord Justice Pill Lord Justice Mummery and Lord Justice Laws rejected an appeal against Sir Richard Tucker's ruling.
Dismissing the appeal, Lord Justice Laws said that it was “only in exceptional circumstances” that the planning process should consider perceived health concerns.
Graham Barker, a campaigner who lives on Lloyd Road, Taverham, near a controversial replacement Vodafone mast on Fakenham Road, said he welcomed Ms Cooper's position.
“I hope she's serious and I hope she's not just paying lip service to the protest groups,” he said.
“Anything that can tighten all the regulations and address the health concerns I would welcome absolutely, especially near schools.
There should be far more consultation with the local community.”
A spokesman for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) said: “The Government is aware of public concern about mobile phone masts that are built near schools.
“That is why our planning policy guidance requires that where a base station site is on or near a school, the school must be consulted by both the operator and the local authority.
“The Government is currently reviewing the planning arrangements surrounding telecommunication masts.”
• Are you fighting to stop a mobile phone mast being put up near you? Telephone Evening News reporter Peter Walsh on (01603) 772439 or e-mail peter.walsh@archant.co.uk
02 July 2005 11:00 Norwich Evening News

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Norwich:
Joy for families as mast bid rejected

Families have won their battle to have plans for a mobile phone mast near their homes scrapped.
Proposals to put up a 15-metre mast in Colman Road, Norwich, have been thrown out by planning officers.
More than 500 residents signed up to a campaign against the mast, which was planned by mobile phone giant O2.
Roy Blower, who helped orchestrate the campaign, welcomed the planners' decision.
He said: "I'm pleased that the public have galvanised and we have got a result
"Bearing in mind the amount of opposition there was against this application I'm not surprised at the decision.
"It's good for local families because they did not want the mast here."
Norwich City Council's planning department confirmed the application by O2 had been given delegated refusal, meaning it did not even get to
the stage of going before councillors for approval.
The city council was not able to divulge why the plans had been rejected.
Mr Blower said: "Our main objection was over the potential visual impact of the mast.
"It was going to be about 50ft high — which is about double the size of a house.
"The community was angry about this because three years ago we had to fight against a similar mast at a site just 50 yards from the new one
and that was rejected.
"It would have been a blot on the landscape and we are trying to improve the environment not make it worse."
The site chosen by O2 was a small-planted area near the Moss Pharmacy in Colman Road.
A spokeswoman for O2 said: "We are very disappointed with the decision because this mast would have formed a key part of our network.
"We still need a cell site in the area and we will be making the decision to look elsewhere."
She said because of increased usage of mobile phones more masts had to be put up to help keep up required coverage.
In December 2002 telecommunications company Hutchinson 3G submitted plans to the city council to put up a 13-metre mast next to the
Colman Road Area Housing Office car park.
A petition was raised against the application on the grounds it would have a negative impact of the surroundings, the proposals were
thrown out soon after.
The Evening News has long campaigned for no more mobile phone masts to be sited near homes and schools until research proves they are safe.
Are you trying to stop a mobile phone mast being built near you? Telephone Evening News reporter Peter Walsh on (01603) 772439 or e-mail peter.walsh@archant.co.uk
Norwich Evening News
14 June 2005
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Norwich.
MP welcomes phone mast health risk study

A Norwich MP is demanding tighter regulations for the siting of mobile phone masts after new research claimed people living close to them are exposed to dangerous levels of radiation.
Norwich North MP and cancer expert Ian Gibson today welcomed the latest study by Dr Gerd Oberfeld, an Austrian environmental medicine expert from Salzburg.
It found that radiation levels increased dramatically when people were in rooms close to mobile phone masts.
The study was carried out among 12 volunteers, aged 20 to 78.
It recorded brain waves using an electroencephalogram and when the volunteers were unknowingly exposed to mobile phone masts the levels of radiation increased from 26 microwatts to 3,327 microwatts.
The study found this had a dangerous effect on brainwaves and severely damaged health.
Dr Gibson, who has supported the Evening News's campaign to stop siting masts near schools and homes until it is conclusively proved they are safe, said today: "This is dramatic news. We will need to repeat it with a bigger number of individuals. But I do not find it surprising. The net is closing in on this industry which claims complete safety. I am sure the public will welcome this news and will increase the demands for government intervention on the siting of these masts."
He said he wanted the Government to take notice of the study by Sir William Stewart, which expressed the need to adopt a precautionary principle with regards to the siting.
"In two weeks time I will be meeting Yvette Cooper, the minister with responsibility for this industry and I will be urging her to give a public response to this research," Dr Gibson said.
"The Government has got to give the planning authorities the authority to ban these masts on health grounds," he added.
Karen Barratt, spokeswoman for Mast Sanity, the campaign group for more sensitive siting of phone masts, said: "There are many studies like this which indicate people do suffer ill effects when they are living near phone masts.
"The industry and the Government keep pretending that the evidence is anecdotal or people are suffering psychosomatic effects but nothing could be further from the truth. We have lots of evidence of people suffering ill effects when they don't even know there is a mobile phone mast in the area."
She said there was evidence of cancer clusters around mobile phone masts and the Government was ignoring the matter.
"At the moment there is total planning chaos. The mast phone operators can put them up where they like and local authorities are being bullied into submission to put them up in sensitive areas near to school's and people's homes."
Meanwhile, families in North Walsham are trying to bring legal action against mobile phone operator O2 over the siting of a mast on top of the police station in Yarmouth Road, which they say has caused people's health to deteriorate.
The Put Masts on Hold campaign was launched by the Evening News in December 2000 to stop the installation of mobile phone masts close to homes and schools until their safety was proved.
In September 2003 the Evening News published a map showing the location of every mast in Norwich.
The mobile phone industry has dismissed the findings of the latest study, saying an independent body did not certify the experiment.
Just seen this in the Evening Standard newspaper
Norwich Evening News. 31 May 2005

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Hexham: Tynedale:
PRAISE FOR HELPING TO BLOCK MAST PLAN

CHAMPIONING a bid to block a phone mast being erected on top of Dontino’s nightclub has earned a pat on the back for a Hexham councillor.
Coun. Matty Donnelly was the driving force behind objections to Hutchison 3G UK Ltd’s application for an eight-metre communications mast.
The application was unanimously turned down by members of Tynedale Council’s development control committee at its meeting last month.
At last week’s meeting of Hexham Town Council, the Mayor of Hexham Coun. Barry Pickering, backed by Coun. Colin Moss, said: “I would like to congratulate Coun. Donnelly for all of his hard work on this one. Well done.”
Hexham Courant. Published on Friday, June 17th 2005. By LYNDSEY WRIGHT
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Newcastle
Wayleave and Landlords

Mast can become squatter
Mobile-phone masts are multiplying but shrinking. They are being disguised as chimneys, trees, clocks, windows, drainpipes, even as weather vanes,
all in an effort to meet the demands of planning departments.
The Government has commissioned the University of Reading and Arup to undertake an independent study to assess the impact the Best-Practice Code on
Mobile Phone Network has had since its introduction last September.
This is part of a review of all planning arrangements on masts.
Third-generation mobile-phone masts have smaller cells, and so need to be sited closer to their customers - often within housing, industrial and retail estates. Within five years, there will be about 60,000 sites for these masts.
Operators run the risk of having their licences removed if they do not have substantial coverage (80%) by then.
Landowners and landlords may find themselves with a mast on their land that, once in place, proves tricky to shift.
Telecoms operators require a wayleave to place equipment on land. However, the wayleave can be granted by the occupiers and
"owners of interests" in land, who include tenants, not just the landlord or freeholder.
An occupying tenant can therefore enter into a wayleave agreement with an operator that will bind the landlord. Obviously, landowners need to protect
their property by ensuring the tenant's lease contains a provision requiring the landlord's consent before entering into such an agreement.
Section 96 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 provides that this consent must not be unreasonably withheld.

Hard to remove
However, even if the landlord finds himself with a fait accompli and asks for the apparatus to be removed, the operator has the right to apply for a court
order to confirm its right to be there and to compensate the landlord with cash.
The court will favour the landlord only if it believes his position is harmed more than the public good is served. This has not yet happened.
If you, the landlord, originally gave permission for a wayleave, but want to get rid of it at the end of the term, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise.
Once again, if the operator does not agree to leave, the landlord's only recourse for removal of the apparatus is to make a court application and explain why financial compensation is not adequate and why his interest as owner of the land overrides the stated policy interest of the public in having access to a telecommunication network.
Bear in mind that when granting a wayleave, they can stick for an indefinite period, like superglue, on your land.

Commercial value
As a landlord you should be aware of the value of your land to the mast operators. It is much harder for the operators to find urban sites and they are
more than likely to pay premiums for them in the current climate.
Rent reviews should be index linked and be dependent on the type of equipment proposed.
An operator's ability to share its equipment with others will always be included in the terms it proposes to a landowner, but it is possible to include
this as a factor when determining rent on review and to negotiate a share of income from those others.
You should also take care to limit liability for damage caused by operation of the equipment once in service. The physiological effects of microwave propagation on a wide scale create lurid headlines, but are still not fully understood and liability should be firmly placed where it belongs - with the operator.

Planning permission
Under planning regulations, operators are now required to consult widely on the possibility of using an existing mast or structure before seeking
to put up a new mast.
Although the smaller masts - under 15 metres in height - don't generally require planning permission, the operator still has to submit an application for determination, which the local authority must deal with within 56 days.
If a decision is not made in 56 days, it is approved by default. The authority cannot reject such an application on principle, but only on details of siting and appearance.
These details can include:
* The height of the site in relation to surrounding land;
* The existence of topographical features and natural vegetation;
* The effect on the skyline or horizon;
* The site when observed from any side;
* The site in relation to areas designated locally for their scenic or conservation value;
* The site in relation to other masts, structures or buildings, including buildings of a historical or traditional character;
* The site in relation to homes.
The third-generation mobile phone masts could mean that a landowner's property is continuously engaged for the foreseeable future,
so take great care when contemplating a wayleave agreement.
By Richard Freeman-Wallace, The Journal Newcastle. Jul 6 2005
Richard Freeman-Wallace is head of property at Watson Burton LLP.

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Vicar in church mobile mast row
Mobile phone operators have disputed safety fears about masts
A vicar has angered parishioners by supporting a plan to erect a mobile phone mast on a church spire.
The congregation has collected 500 signatures calling on the church to scrap the plan, which they say is inappropriate at a consecrated site.
But the Rev Elaine Bardwell says the mast at St Michael and All Angels in New Marston, Oxford, would help raise much-needed church funds.
The Oxford diocese says it is a parish matter that must be decided locally.

'Modern church'
Opponents of the plan say they are also concerned about the possible health impact of a mast, although risks have been disputed by mobile phone operators.
Rev Bardwell told the BBC: "We are a modern building, we are a modern church, we live in the real world and we think it is a good place for the mast.
"We have had a series of public meetings and listened to all the views expressed and will be keeping a very close eye on the health and safety issues involved."
Anne Furtado, who lives near the church, said: "More people have signed that petition than go to the church on a Sunday.
"I don't understand how they cannot pay any attention at all to what the people who have signed think."
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