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Orange mast: Would you like this Orange mast only 15 metres from your childrens bedrooms?
United Kingdom Created: 21 Jun 2005
Would you like this Orange mast only 15 metres from your childrens bedrooms?

Dartmouth: Kingsbridge: BT roof again and the guidelines nonsense
United Kingdom Created: 21 Jun 2005
Mast bid concerns
LEADING mobile network operator Three is looking to install a telephone mast onto a roof in Kingsbridge.
It has earmarked the roof top of the BT telephone exchange building in Duncombe Street for the erection of the 13-foot mast.
A letter outlining the proposal has circulated parts of the town with detailed plans about the structure.
The letter was sent out by Derbyshire-based town planning consultancy Alan Dick Ltd, which has given people living and working in the vicinity of the exchange 14 days to make their feelings known to them in an attempt to gauge public opinion.
Also behind the plan is Crown Castle UK Ltd, owners of a substantial slice of the UK’s communications infrastructure and responsible for renting out and managing BT’s roof top space to mobile network operators like Three.
The plan, which has not yet been submitted to the district planning authority, is already raising public awareness in Kingsbridge about the health risks associated with mobile phone masts.
The alleged risks have formed the heart of campaigns up and down the country by people against such installations and include the lowering of the immune system, sleep and behaviour disorders and cancer.
Liz Lee whose home at the top of Fore Street is no more than a stone’s throw away from the BT telephone exchange building, is trying to raise people’s awareness about the perceived health risks posed by the masts and the depth of information available.
On receiving the letter signalling Three’s intentions, she trawled the internet and put together her own information leaflet.
She said: ‘I just felt the need to supply people with information about the masts.
‘The main message we need to recognise is that the long term impact of these things is unknown.
We need to look at the information available and as a community draw to our own conclusions.’
Stephen Arnold, speaking on behalf of the roof top landlords Crown Castle, was unable to speculate as to whether or not Three’s plans could be a foot in the door for other network operators.
He said: ‘We will be responding to any feedback we receive from people living and working in Kingsbridge and will be discussing it with Three.
‘The proposed structure would be like a flagpole, slim-line and unobtrusive.’
Jane McCoy is one anxious Duncombe Street resident willing to fight Three’s plans.
She and her family are days away from moving into their recently-renovated Kingsbridge town house, only 30-metres away from the roof top.
Her fears stem from what she has identified as low-level microwave radiation emitted from mobile phone masts such as the one featured in Three’s proposal.
She said: ‘I have three young children who will be sleeping close to the mast and I’m extremely concerned about the health risks associated with it.’
Mr Arnold defended the mast by drawing attention to various outside agencies which have gone on the record to say the masts are safe.
Attached to the letter which circulated in Kingsbridge earlier this week is Crown Castle’s own safety information, which makes reference to the Stewart Report published by the Government in May 2000.
The report concluded that ‘the balance of evidence indicates that there is no general risk to the health of people living near to base stations on the basis that exposures are expected to be small fractions of the guidelines.’
The guidelines refered to are those laid down by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection.
Written in bold at the end of the reference is conformation by Crown Castle that any of its installations will follow such guidelines.
Kingsbridge Town Council’s planning committee is set to discuss Three’s proposal later this month during its next meeting at Quay House.
Dartmouth Today 16.06.05

Harpenden.Epping Forest: Fury over mast plan near school
United Kingdom Created: 17 Jun 2005
Fury over mast plan near school
A PROPOSAL to build a 20ft tall mobile phone mast just metres from a primary school has prompted outcry from parents and teachers.
Mobile phone company 3 is consulting on plans to construct the tower and base station on the west side of Harpenden Train Station's car park
just a short distance from St Dominic's School and its 250 pupils.
3 has already asked Sir John Lawes School, Elliswick Lawn Tennis Club, Harpenden Hospital, and a number of other addresses in the town if they would be willing to house the mast but each has refused.
St Dominic's headteacher Mr Andrew Rafferty said: "Parents, governors and myself are truly concerned about this.
"The phone company are saying the mast will be 100 metres from the school, but it will only be 30 metres from our playing fields.
"Even if there is a slight fear of health risks to children companies should not be able to take risks by erecting masts near schools until the argument has been proved one way or another.
"We are going to aim to do everything we can to stop this going through."
The 2000 Stewart Report recommended that mobile phone masts should not be placed anywhere near schools, hospitals or residential areas.
Although the report also stressed that while some studies concluded radiation from the masts could be harmful there was no conclusive evidence.
St Albans district councillor Julian Daly has three children at St Dominic's and is also ward councillor for Harpenden West.
He said: "The Stewart report indicated that companies should be cautious about placing phone masts anywhere near schools and yet this
application is still being considered by three.
"Understandably many people are worried because we do not know what the implications might be."
Ironically, the land the mast is to be built on used to belong to the school, but was bought by Network Rail to build the car park.
A spokesman for Network Rail who must agree before the mast can be built said: "Our only role is to ensure that equipment on our
sites do not interfere with the running of the railway.
"Planning decisions are the responsibility of the local authority."
A spokesman for 3 said there is no specific legislation preventing a mast being put near schools and the company is fully consulting
with interested parties before an application would be submitted.
Epping Forest Guardian 17.06.05. By Owen Morris

Sefton: Phone mast for square thrown out Jun 16 2005
United Kingdom Created: 17 Jun 2005
Phone mast for square thrown out Jun 16 2005
PLANS for a mobile phone mast at Central Square have been quashed by Sefton Council.
Vodafone's application to put a mast outside 46 West-way has been refused by Sefton Council's planning committee.
The mast was refused because it is an intrusive feature on the street scene.
Maghull councillors say they are "cautiously optimistic" that their efforts have seen off the telecommunications giant.
Cllr Cliff Mainey said: "I am delighted but tinged with a bit of caution that this mast application has failed at this attempt.
"As well as its proximity to a residential area this is a town centre. We must keep its open aspect.
"I believe the visual impact would be detrimental."
Mobile phone company, O2, first applied to build a mast at the same spot and was refused by Sefton Council.
The company have since appealed to the government's planning inspectorate who have reversed Sefton Council's decision and granted O2
permission to erect a mast on the spot.
Cllr Roy Connell said: "The three ward councillors would like to thank and congratulate Dorothy Barns and other residents who supported the petition.
"This is not necessarily the final decision, the applicant could appeal to the planning directorate and the decision could be overturned as was the one for O2."
A spokeswoman for Vodafone said: "It is a great disappointment for Vodafone's application to be rejected.
"We will look very carefully at the reasons for the decision before we appeal, it won't be a hurried decision."
By Linda Foo Guest, Maghull & Aintree Star

East Finchley and Muswell Hill. Epsom: The Radiation Song' lives on
United Kingdom Created: 17 Jun 2005
Church mast protest
Mobile phone campaigners across East Finchley and Muswell Hill have taken a leaf out of Bob Dylan's song book and penned a protest song
to perform at the East Finchley Festival on June 26.
Hammering home their opposition message, the radiation song' will be performed to the tune of Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall by
Muswell Hill band, the Doggy Jammers.
The band will be joined by a newly formed East Finchley-based protest group, who are collaborating to oppose the installation of a
3G phone mast at the quaint Holy Trinity Church, Church Lane, East Finchley.
For the past seven years the bell spire, where a mast is to be installed, has been the nesting grounds for a tawny own.
Protestors say that they have tried to contact the church's The Rev Laurence Hill to share their concerns, but say they have been
continuously snubbed.
The church, through QS4, a firm specialising in negotiating deals between phone companies and churches, is expected to make
around £10,000 a year for hosting the mast.
Campaign organiser David Broome, of Church Lane, said: "We intend to ask the vicar what insurance cover there would be that a mast of this power and design will guarantee our health in 25 years' time."
Mr Hill was not available for comment.
Epsom Guardian. Thursday 16th June 2005

HARLOW. MP joins outcry at O2 over phone mast bid
United Kingdom Created: 17 Jun 2005
MP joins outcry at O2 over phone mast bid
HARLOW MP Bill Rammell has censured mobile phone companies for failing to give people living near potential mast sites enough time to
make their views heard.
Mr Rammell said he was appalled by the circumstances surrounding the recent application by O2 to erect a 12.5m (41ft) mast in the grounds of the Territorial Army base in Old Harlow.
The application was thrown out by council officers last month on the grounds it would cause significant harm to the comfort of residents and was contrary to the Local Plan.
People living in Bury Road, St John's Road and Old Road have since lobbied Mr Rammell, complaining that neither they nor users of the TA centre and nearby Harlowbury Primary School were properly informed of the application.
At the time a Harlow Council spokeswoman said letters had been sent to Old Road and St John's Road residents and some in Bury Road had
also been consulted.
But this week Bury Road resident Kylie Jones said: "The lack of any consultation by O2 in this matter contradicts policies they themselves have
published on their website.
"We trust O2 will now find a suitable site away from residential areas and schools and not appeal against this common sense decision."
Mr Rammell said the firm had breached a code of practice agreed by all mobile phone companies which includes a promise to significantly improve consultation.
He has written to the company's chief executive Peter Erskine demanding an explanation.
"I am appalled at the way in which the company, having signed up to the code several years ago, have disregarded it," he said.
"I am also concerned that the mobile phone operators generally are not abiding by the sprit of the code of practice here in Harlow."
Phone masts have courted controversy in recent years due to fears their emissions pose significant health risks.
Last year O2 was granted permission to erect three 16m-high masts and a base station at the Latton Bush Centre, in Southern Way, despite protests from local residents.
Harlow Star 16.06.05

Pontefract and Castleford: MP backs people wanting mast removed
United Kingdom Created: 17 Jun 2005
Mobile phone mast row
FURIOUS Kippax residents are dismayed by a mobile phone company's refusal to take down a video phone mast built in the middle of their
busy shopping street.
Protesters – including Leeds City councillor Keith Wakefield – who claim the mast is unsightly and a potential health hazard, met with
Hutchinson 3G on May 13 in a last ditch attempt to have the four-metre base station hauled down.
But H3G decided to leave the mast on top of the Craftsman Cues building on High Street and not move it to an alternative site away from
residents – as suggested by Coun Wakefield and protesters.
Coun Wakefield said: "I am extremely disappointed H3G have not decided to move the mast to one of the alternative sites suggested by myself and my constituents.
"The whole process has been conducted in a lacklustre manner that has seen minimal consultation take place between H3G and concerned residents."
Protester Richard Sheppard, 57, said: "This is not the end of our fight – we will continue with our attempts to have this unsightly mast hauled down.
"Unfortunately, the meeting between ourselves and H3G was a token gesture because the mast was already built."
The mast, which did not require planning permission as it is under 25m, went up in the High Street in April despite objections from residents,
including a 300-signature petition.
An H3G spokesman said: "We took on board the residents' comments regarding an alternative site following our meeting with them.
"A radio engineer looked at the alternative sites suggested by residents even though the base station is operating.
"They offered insufficient coverage for Kippax proving our original decision was correct.
The residents' insistence that we move the base station would be detrimental to coverage and we do not intend to pursue that route."
By James Varley. Pontefract and Castleford Today. 16 June 2005

Dunmow. Uttlesford: Anyone for Fake Fir?
United Kingdom Created: 17 Jun 2005
Fir goodness sake - we don't want mast.
IF THEY have got to have a new mobile phone mast, it could look like a fir tree!
Villagers on the edge of Dunmow are objecting fiercely to mobile operator Hutchinson G3's plan to put up a most on a field at Ash Grove
just off the A120 to improve reception in an admitted poor coverage.
But if Uttlesford District Council approves the application, it could be disguised as one of these trees - like ones at Hallingbury and Hatfield Forest -
instead of the normal eyesore lattice mast.
Sof ar people living near the site of the proposed mast have sent the council 138 letters objecting to the plan.
Uttlesford District Council received the letters from homeowners prior to the plans being considered by the council's development control
committee last Wednesday.
A number of councillors were concerned about the plans, including Janice Loughlin who asked if it could be turned into a tree mast to suit the
rural area it was situated in.
She said: "Seeing as it is among or near some trees, can we not specify that it is a tree mast?"
And Councillor Richard Harris questioned whether there was any need for the mast as the residents who were opposed to it would be the
ones needing it the most.
He said: "Isn't it interesting that the people who are opposed to the mast are the very people who would want it."
But planning manager John Mitchell said the question of demand should not prevent the application being approved because it was not a planning consideration.
The councillors put off making an imemdiate decision.
Instead, they agreed to go and visit the site to see the situation for themselves.
16 June 2005. Dunmow Broadcast and Recorder

Ilkley: Why a whole lot of new masts are lining up? Because of Government interference and a council not considering people
United Kingdom Created: 17 Jun 2005
Government interference and a council notconsidering people
Why a whole lot of new masts are lining up
ADVANCING technology is the main reason why so many applications for phone masts are beginning to sprout up in the Wharfedale area, according to to a local councillor.
The technology used by many mobile phone companies today is Third Generation - more commonly known as `3G' - which essentially turns phones into multimedia players, with the capacity to download music and video clips.
Councillor Chris Greaves (Con, Wharfedale) told villagers attending the Menston Neighbourhood Forum last week that the Government has sold off 3G licenses for billions of pounds, and mobile phone operators need the infrastructure to run the services.
He said the previous 2G service required fewer but larger masts. However, the 3G service requires more but smaller masts.
Ilkley News 16.06.05

BRITS: Keep saying NO to masts
United Kingdom Created: 17 Jun 2005
Dear all.
Keep saying NO to the Radiation Emitting Polluters.

They have bought their way in to our communities, but
unlike our rulers WE DONT WANT THEM!

They only target small communities, like streets, schools and villagess, to make sure there are only a few
citizens who will object and protest so mostly we are overruled, and intimidated.

The photo below shows well the size difference between them and us.

But, beware King Kong, because now you have got fleas, and a large pelt has space for a lot more fleas than a small one.

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