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Cheshire:
United Kingdom Created: 10 Jul 2005
Crewe: Anger at mast plan on housing estate

ANGRY residents have set up their own protest group to fight plans for a 50ft phone mast in the middle of a housing estate in Crewe.
Orange PCS Ltd has applied for planning permission to put up the mast on land owned by Brookhouse Garage in Lewis Street.
But, with some homes just 40 metres away from the proposed site, residents have sent a clear message that they will not tolerate the eyesore.
Brian Roberts, 55, and his wife Sandra have launched the Lewis Street Action Group to protest against the plans.
Mr Roberts, a father-of-six who works as a construction manager, said: 'If you look at the application it is for a 50ft mast with three antennas
and one microwave dish.
'We have to read between the lines and realise that, in an elevated spot like that, more and more equipment is bound to go on to that mast over time.
'You see these kinds of masts in farmers' fields and they seem to grow every time you drive past them.'
Mrs Roberts added residents are unhappy about the notification they received from the borough council.
She said: 'We live just 40 metres away from the mast but neighbours of ours just two or three doors down have received no letter.
'It is quite staggering considering we are talking about a six-storey high mast in the middle of tightly packed rows of terraced housing, that every
resident has not received a letter.
'The swimming baths are approximately 200 metres from this mast. Do the children have to swim under an umbrella of microwaves?'
Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council's planning guidelines indicate all properties within 100 metres of such a development should be notified in
writing.
Planning officer Alan Millington said: 'More than 85 letters were sent out to residents which covered all addresses within 100 metres.
'I have explained to residents that we are under pressure to process applications which is why we have formal consultation periods.
'But I have said I will receive letters right up to the date of the planning committee meeting.'
Formal consultation on the mast application ends on Friday, August 12, with the next meeting of the development control committee scheduled for Monday, August 22.
By Paul Newham, Crewe Chronicle. Aug 3 2005

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Crewe: Fighting back

BATTLING residents are being backed by the borough council in their war against mobile phone masts.
Planning officers are recommending the refusal of applications for masts in three areas from phone companies Vodafone and Hutchison 3G.
The Chronicle revealed last month how hundreds of families had joined forces to prevent a mast being erected in Chapel Lane, Coppenhall.
Within hours of the plan being made public, residents formed protest group Coppenhall Residents Against Masts (CRAM).
CRAM spokesman Patrick Sutton is delighted they are being backed by the planners.
He said: 'I am very pleased and I hope that the planning committee goes ahead next Tuesday and backs the recommendation to refuse the mast.
'The proposed site is 100 metres from the Willow Nursery in Warmingham Road and nearby Monks Coppenhall Primary School
'The mast would be 50ft high and a complete eyesore.
'It would have six antennae, belting out electromagnetic radiation, which so far no-one has been able to say is not harmful.'
Petitions have been put together against mast proposals for Stewart Street in Crewe and Newcastle Road in Shavington.
The application by Vodafone for Stewart Street has prompted hundreds of objections.
Shavington Parish Council has objected to a proposed mast in Newcastle Road, with borough councillor David Brickhill spearheading a campaign to stop one being built at the rear of a residential property.
He said: 'There is fierce opposition to this.'
A council spokesman said: 'In -frastructure has to be located closer to mobile phone users in order to enable the system to work efficiently. However, the proposals conflict with policies in the replacement Local Plan.'
By Jamie Oliver, Crewe Chronicle. May 25 2005
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Congleton: Mast plan raises child cancer fear

Concern over children's health
Anxious residents in Congleton are urging the council to reject plans for a mobile telephone mast amid fears for children's health.
Concern is mounting that a built-up area heavily populated by young families could be dangerously exposed to radioactive emissions if a base station
earmarked for a site near the railway station gets the go-ahead.
Although experts have yet to find firm evidence linking telephone masts to illness, the CW12 residents group, which has carried out extensive research
examining the health risks posed by radioactivity, said that children were vulnerable to tumours and even cancer.
The health alert was sounded after telecommunications firm Vodafone confirmed it would be seeking planning permission in the coming weeks to install
a 15m. mast and an equipment cabin outside the Railway Hotel on Biddulph Road.
It comes just months after a Government report advised against mobile 'phone masts being put up near schools.
This week, campaigners were planning to meet borough council leader Roland Domleo to inform him of the health risks involved.
Ian Hawkes, (60), who lives in nearby Fenton Close, has been looking into the effects of radiation on health for the past five years and has written a
booklet warning of the risks.
He said: "I am concerned over the effects the mast would have on the health of the children, as well as the rest of the residents in the neighbourhood.

Evidence
"There is more and more evidence to support D.N.A. damage, tumours, and non-benign cancer being caused. or at least aggravated by, exposure to
this type of radiation.
"It doesn't matter if it's high levels of exposure over a short time or low levels over a long time, in the end the result will be same."
Coun. Domleo vowed to "make sure every concern is considered", although he admitted he could not intervene with the planning procedure at this stage.
"I am surprised at the location of this site, which is why I want to make sure that every concern is fully considered," he said.
"It does concern me that there are people living very close to this site, particularly as health risks associated with telephone masts have not been confirmed
or totally denied."
In a statement, Vodafone said the development "would not have any significant impact on any residential dwellings".
Also responding to residents claims that the mast would be an "eyesore" and a "blight to the community", it added: "Visual impact on the surrounding area
has been kept to an absolute minimum and it is considered that an ultra slim line street works monopole will be an unobtrusive form on the existing land use." Earlier this year widespread public concern prompted the Government to ask experts to investigate possible links between radiation exposure and illness.
The Independent Expert Group on Mobile 'Phones found from extensive research that children's developing nervous systems and thinner skulls made them
likely to be more vulnerable to exposure than adults.
The report, by board chairman Sir William Stewart, also cited E.U.-backed tests which showed radiation was able to damage D.N.A. in human cells and
a Swedish study linking long-term exposure to acoustic neuroma, a benign tumour deemed serious because of its positioning next to the brain.
Congleton, Cheshire www.beartown.co.uk 20.06.05scotthesketh@chronicleseries.com
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Coppenhall. Crewe:
Campaigners claim wins in war on phone masts
RESIDENTS fighting against the rising number of mobile phone masts in Crewe have received a boost from the borough council.
Planning bosses refused permission for a further two masts in the town, while an application for a third was withdrawn, at a meeting of the development control committee meeting on Tuesday.
Residents have been so concerned about the soaring number of masts being erected they formed an action group last month called Coppenhall Residents Against Masts (CRAM).
Vodafone's plans for an 18-metre mast at Stewart Street sparked a flood of 152 objections on grounds that it would present an eyesore devaluing properties, health risks, and the fact that it was not needed as phone receptions are already good.
Planning chiefs refused the application because of visual impact on the area.

An application by Hutchinson 3G for a 15-metre mast at Newcastle Road in Shavington was objected to on grounds of visual intrusion,
health risks and because of its impact on green belt land.
It was refused as it was considered an 'obtrusive feature which would detract from the character, appearance and openness of this green gap location'.

A second application by the same firm, for a 15-metre monopole at Chapel Lane in Coppenahall, met with 85 objections, relating to the invasion of the landscape, health concerns and the fact that there is already a 20-metre mast in the area.
The application was withdrawn, but had been facing refusal.

CRAM spokesman Patrick Sutton said he was delighted with the stance the council had taken on the applications.
He added: "I am very pleased that the council have taken this view and delighted that all the hard work that people have put in has finally paid off.
"I think if they do apply here again they will meet some stiff opposition."
Crewe Guardian 14 06 05

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Coppenhall. Crewe:
Fighting back

BATTLING residents are being backed by the borough council in their war against mobile phone masts.
Planning officers are recommending the refusal of applications for masts in three areas from phone companies Vodafone and Hutchison 3G.
The Chronicle revealed last month how hundreds of families had joined forces to prevent a mast being erected in Chapel Lane, Coppenhall.
Within hours of the plan being made public, residents formed protest group Coppenhall Residents Against Masts (CRAM).
CRAM spokesman Patrick Sutton is delighted they are being backed by the planners.
He said: 'I am very pleased and I hope that the planning committee goes ahead next Tuesday and backs the recommendation to refuse the mast.
'The proposed site is 100 metres from the Willow Nursery in Warmingham Road and nearby Monks Coppenhall Primary School
'The mast would be 50ft high and a complete eyesore.
'It would have six antennae, belting out electromagnetic radiation, which so far no-one has been able to say is not harmful.'
Petitions have been put together against mast proposals for Stewart Street in Crewe and Newcastle Road in Shavington.
The application by Vodafone for Stewart Street has prompted hundreds of objections.
Shavington Parish Council has objected to a proposed mast in Newcastle Road, with borough councillor David Brickhill spearheading a campaign to stop one being built at the rear of a residential property.
He said: 'There is fierce opposition to this.'
A council spokesman said: 'In -frastructure has to be located closer to mobile phone users in order to enable the system to work efficiently. However, the proposals conflict with policies in the replacement Local Plan.'
By Jamie Oliver, Crewe Chronicle. May 25 2005

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Congleton:
Mast plan raises child cancer fear
Mast plan raises child cancer fear

Concern over children's health
Anxious residents in Congleton are urging the council to reject plans for a mobile telephone mast amid fears for children's health.
Concern is mounting that a built-up area heavily populated by young families could be dangerously exposed to radioactive emissions if a base station earmarked for a site near the railway station gets the go-ahead.
Although experts have yet to find firm evidence linking telephone masts to illness, the CW12 residents group, which has carried out extensive research examining the health risks posed by radioactivity, said that children were vulnerable to tumours and even cancer.
The health alert was sounded after telecommunications firm Vodafone confirmed it would be seeking planning permission in the coming weeks to install a 15m. mast and an equipment cabin outside the Railway Hotel on Biddulph Road.
It comes just months after a Government report advised against mobile 'phone masts being put up near schools.
This week, campaigners were planning to meet borough council leader Roland Domleo to inform him of the health risks involved.
Ian Hawkes, (60), who lives in nearby Fenton Close, has been looking into the effects of radiation on health for the past five years and has
written a booklet warning of the risks.
He said: "I am concerned over the effects the mast would have on the health of the children, as well as the rest of the residents in the neighbourhood.

Evidence
"There is more and more evidence to support D.N.A. damage, tumours, and non-benign cancer being caused. or at least aggravated by,
exposure to this type of radiation.
"It doesn't matter if it's high levels of exposure over a short time or low levels over a long time, in the end the result will be same."
Coun. Domleo vowed to "make sure every concern is considered", although he admitted he could not intervene with the planning procedure
at this stage.
"I am surprised at the location of this site, which is why I want to make sure that every concern is fully considered," he said.
"It does concern me that there are people living very close to this site, particularly as health risks associated with telephone masts have not been confirmed or totally denied."
In a statement, Vodafone said the development "would not have any significant impact on any residential dwellings".

Also responding to residents claims that the mast would be an "eyesore" and a "blight to the community", it added: "Visual impact on the surrounding area has been kept to an absolute minimum and it is considered that an ultra slim line street works monopole will be an unobtrusive form on the existing land use."
Earlier this year widespread public concern prompted the Government to ask experts to investigate possible links between radiation exposure and
illness.
The Independent Expert Group on Mobile 'Phones found from extensive research that children's developing nervous systems and thinner skulls made them likely to be more vulnerable to exposure than adults.
The report, by board chairman Sir William Stewart, also cited E.U.-backed tests which showed radiation was able to damage D.N.A.
in human cells and a Swedish study linking long-term exposure to acoustic neuroma, a benign tumour deemed serious because of its
positioning next to the brain.
Congleton, Cheshire www.beartown.co.uk 20.06.05
scotthesketh@chronicleseries.com

Cornwall:
United Kingdom Created: 10 Jul 2005
Newquay: Telecoms company wants new column

An application to install a new telecommunications column in a Cornish holiday resort is expected to be approved by Restormel Borough Council.
O2 wants to erect a 36ft (11m) works column with integrated antennas on the eastern edge of Newquay.
Newquay Town Council and nine local residents have objected to the plan over siting and health concerns.
But Restormel Borough Council has said the position of the pole will not have a detrimental effect.
Local people said they were concerned with the strength of the signal emitted from the mast. They also claimed the pole would not blend in with its
surroundings.
Newquay Town Council also objected to the application, saying the site was too close to housing and schools.
But the local planning authority has said it has no objections to the siting and design of the column.
BBC News website 02.08.05
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PHONE MAST GETS GO AHEAD ON APPEAL

An appeal against the refusal of planning permission for a 15-metre high telecommunications mast at Carbis Bay has been upheld.
Hutchinson 3G UK Ltd went to appeal after Penwith Council refused permission for the structure - incorporating three antennae, four dishes and
associated equipment - at Carninney Farm in January.
Planning inspector John Woolcock has agreed that the development can go ahead, subject to a number of conditions.
In explaining how he reached his conclusion, Mr Woolcock said he considered the main issue to be the effect of the proposal on the character
and appearance of the area.
"I have also considered the effects of the proposal on the health and amenity of local residents, and whether there are any available alternative
sites which could provide similar coverage and have less environmental impact," he commented.
Mr Woolcock conceded that the scheme would have an adverse effect on the character of the area.
But he concluded: "I am satisfied that the proposal would, as far as technically feasible, utilise a location which minimises its impact on the
character and amenity of the wider landscape, residential amenity and the setting of the settlement."
He added that there did not appear to be any available alternative sites that would provide similar coverage and have less environmental impact.
The Cornishman Cornwall 09:30 - 04 August 2005
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Sitch given a Cornish pasting
Angry scenes at Tetra meeting

An O2 spokesman was blasted during a public drop-in clinic called by the company to discuss a Tetra mast.
Mawnan resident Ann Brocklehurst interrupted Peter Sitch, from telecommunications company O2 Airware, during an interview with a television crew to declare: "Wait until you drop dead".
She also stood behind him, pointed at him and chanted the Lord's Prayer. She said: "He's so rude. He's causing so many health problems we don't even know about. I am very, very upset about it, that's why I'm here. But Sitch doesn't care. He's an obnoxious character."
Mr Sitch responded by saying: "It's not for me to comment about people's balance, is it?"
The meeting, at Constantine parish hall, was called by O2 Airwave in an attempt to allay the concerns of the public, with many fearing a perceived health risk from the police radio mast. Residents have also expressed doubts over its size and appearance in an Area of Outstanding Beauty.
Two police officers were also there to put forward their views and try to convey to people the benefits the mast would bring.
Chief Inspector Jon Wotton, from the west Cornwall management team, said: "We're not here for O2, we're here to say what the benefits of the system are. The community will benefit from having a new radio system."
He added that Constantine and Zennor were the only two areas in the British Isles not using the system.
He was jointed by Inspector Mark Bolt, from Helston police station, who said: "This is my community, I'm directly responsible for it.
"I've come to offer them support and explain to them the benefits of the system."
However, some residents were unhappy about the way the drop-in clinic was being conducted.
Carmel Hannon said: "I went in, stood in the middle of the room and looked around and I was totally ignored by a group of suited gentleman - so I came out again." Others even refused to go in to the meeting, preferring to show their concerns from outside.
Richard Smith, from Mawnan Smith, said: "Why should I go in there and give them ammunition for their appeal? "Frankly I just find this exercise impertinent - it's an insult to our intelligence. Why ask us to air our concerns when it's a fait accompli?"
For full story see Helston Packet5. Date Published: Wednesday 13 July 2005
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Cornwall campaigners wary of 02 Airwave bullies

Tetra mast fighters wary of O2
Anxious residents of Mawnan and Constantine were due to have their fears over Tetra masts answered last night at a public drop-in centre.
Telecommunications company O2, which is responsible for the Tetra mast currently sited at Treworval Farm near Mawnan, held the clinic at
Constantine in an attempt to allay fears over the police radio mast.
When announcing the meeting, Peter Sitch, from O2, said: "It's for people to come in and talk on a one-to-one basis.
There are many people who are obviously confused by some of the more bizarre suggestions."
One of the main causes for concern by residents is the perceived health risk from the waves that are produced by the masts.
O2 is currently appealing against an enforcement notice by Kerrier district council planning committee, following their decision to refuse
retrospective planning permission for the mast in March.
In the past Mr Sitch has described the council as "arrogant" and has said that they could be facing a very large bill.
"We're fully confident that we'll win on this appeal and that we'll also be awarded costs. We always cite costs and we always enforce costs,"
he said when the enforcement notice was served.
However, some residents believe that the meeting was only held so that the company could prove they consulted the public.
Mawnan resident Richard Smith said: "You could be forgiven for thinking this is a little bit too late. This behaviour is impertinent."
The enforcement notice is currently suspended until the outcome of the inquiry, although this could take up to a year.
Falmouth Packet 06.07.05

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Mawnan
Time to meet Tetra company

A PUBLIC drop-in clinic is being held by mobile phone company O2 in an attempt to ease worries over the mast near Mawnan.
Peter Sitch, from O2, said that the clinic would be held in Constantine to allow residents from around the area to come and talk through their fears over the police radio mast which is currently standing at Treworval Farm.
Mr Sitch said: "It's for people to come in and talk on a one-to-one basis. There are many people who are obviously confused by some of the more bizarre suggestions. They need to have the facts put to them, rather than suggestions that have been put forward in at least one leaflet we've seen."
22.06.05

Cumberland:
United Kingdom Created: 10 Jul 2005
Carlisle.

PARENTS WILL FIGHT PHONE MAST PLANS

VODAFONE will hold an exhibition tomorrow about its plans to erect a mobile phone mast in the centre of Morton in Carlisle.

The telecommunications giant wants to put up a 10-metre high mast on the pavement outside Morton Community Centre in Wigton Road to provide
3G coverage.
All 50 parents and staff from Manor pre-school in the community centre will fight the plans because they fear the mast will damage their children’s health.
Vodafone did look at another site near the BP Garage in Wigton Road but changed its mind after public opposition and city council advice.
Vodafone will hold the exhibition at Morton Community Church in Stonegarth between 4.30pm until 7.30pm.
After consultation, a planning application will be made.
Published in News & Star on Wednesday, July 27th 2005

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Morton.
More mums battling over mast

Nursery Mums vow to Fight Mast
MORTON mums have vowed to fight planstions and numerous letters of objections in response to its pre-application consultation for a 10-metre high mast on the Wigton Road pavement outside Morton Community Centre.
All 50 parents at Manor pre-school in the centre have signed a petition to try and stop the mast because of fears that it could damage their children’s health.
Nursery manager Judith Leathers said: “It has not been proven that there would be no detrimental effects to the children.
“It is not just the nursery, there are two schools very close by.
“Staff and parents here will do everything we can to stop this.”
Vodafone recently abandoned plans to site the mast a few hundred metres away behind the BP Garage in Wigton Road after hundreds signed a petition against it.
The company was advised by Carlisle City Council in February that the site outside the centre was the best of the options put forward.
When Val Young, of Wyvern Close, received a consultation letter, she launched yet another petition, collecting 218 signatures from the estate.
She said: “My first thought was for the safety of the children. I am totally against these masts in built-up urban areas.
“When the first site was suggest, I signed a petition against it and now they have moved it to almost opposite my house.”
A spokesman for Vodafone said: “We respect people’s views but at the same time, we have to do our utmost to provide this service to people.”
The mast would bring 3G coverage to the Morton area.
An application for prior approval is due to be submitted to Carlisle City Council,
which will have 56 days to make a decision.
02.07.05

Derbyshire:
United Kingdom Created: 10 Jul 2005
Derbyshire RESIDENTS' FURY OVER MAST PLANS

Residents say that they are furious about plans to put up a second mobile phone mast close to their homes.
Alvaston residents are fighting plans by mobile phone company O2 to install a 15-metre-high mast and two equipment cabins at the junction of
Holbrook Road and Boscastle Road.
The application, which has been submitted to Derby City Council, comes days after T-Mobile put up a 12.2-metre mast and three cabins just metres away,
in Holbrook Road at its junction with Holt Avenue.
Nicole Berrisford (43), of Holt Avenue, fears that the masts will pose a health risk, as well as being visually intrusive, which will eventually lead to
a devaluation of properties in the area.
Along with her neighbours, she also thinks that the area is becoming far too cluttered with too much street furniture.
She said: "I'm going to do a flyer informing people about O2. I'm trying to call a meeting, organise a petition and, if necessary, a rally.
"I think it's getting beyond a joke now.
"Our main concern is that it's directly on a route to Oakwood Infant and Junior schools and Noel-Baker Community School.
"There could be health risks and it will devalue the houses. No-one wants to buy a house near a phone mast and there'll be two here."
Frank Berridge (53), of Holbrook Road, says that the area is already blighted by graffiti and feels that the new addition will only worsen the problem.
He said: "These masts are near old people's homes and on a main school route.
"For old people, if they can't see very well, they're also going to be more obstacles for them."
Pamela Robinson (60), also of Holbrook Road, said: "It's getting really cluttered. Everything's here and it's just awful.
"They'll get daubed by graffiti and it'll make the street look ugly. There's just too much clutter."
A council spokeswoman said that the application did not require planning permission but the company was required to inform the council, which then
has 56 days to agree to its siting and design
Derbyshire Evening Telegraph. BY KAREN HOLT. - 26 August 2005
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Derbyshire SCHOOL MAY ACT ON MAST MUDDLE

Governors at a Normanton school could take action over mobile phone masts which have been installed nearby.
The issue has been brought to people's attention after Derby City Council granted permission for mobile phone provider O2 to put up a 75m tower with
three antennae on the roof of New Normanton Mills, in Stanhope Street, on July 29.
The two-storey building, which contains factories, already has two towers and three antennae for telecoms equipment.
Campaigners say that new guidelines concerning notification of schools should have been taken into account before the latest decision was made.
But the planning department said it did notify the correct people, sending out 108 letters to residential properties within 90m and schools within 200m.
These included Hardwick Primary School, in Hastings Street, which the council said was sent a letter on July 5.
But parents were not informed of the plans because the school's head teacher and governing body say they never received the letter.
Head teacher Sushma Sehmbi said: "I wasn't aware of it. Had we known we would have informed our parents. Stanhope Street is very close to the
school.
"If masts are close to the school and they are a risk then it does concern us.
"When we go back to school after the summer holiday we will take up the issue with the governors.
They could consider whether they want to take it up with the council.
"We will let the parents know by writing to them."
School governor Andrea Luscombe (38), who has a nine-year-old son, Lee Russell, at the school, said:
"It's quite concerning that the mast is so close to the school, when there could be health risks.
"I didn't even know there were any masts there."
Ms Luscombe, of St James' Road, said the issue of mobile phone masts would be considered by the governors.
Dorothy Skrytek, of Crewe Street, said that under the latest information from the Stewart Report on mobile phone and health produced by the
Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones, school governors should be consulted on proposals for masts near schools.
"As far as I know there was no consultation. I sent out leaflets through people's doors letting them know, but the council had already granted permission."
An O2 spokesman added: "All of O2's mobile phone masts operate well within international safety guidelines."
Derbyshire Evening Telegraph. BY PAULA FENTIMAN. - 24 August 2005
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SCIENTISTS MUST SETTLE THIS DEBATE

Chellaston Residents' Association member Philip Ingall may well be raising a whole host of unfounded
objections to plans for a new mobile phone mast in his suburb (Opinion, Page 4).
Or he could be highlighting a potentially deadly danger to his family, his neighbours and future generations.
The point is, we haven't a clue what the situation is.
The months and years go by, and every application for a phone mast, be it in city, village or countryside, is
met with concern, anger and general opposition from people in the neighbourhood.
And this totally unsatisfactory state of affairs will remain the case until we get an assurance from an unbiased
and credible scientific source that no health risk is posed by the radio waves which these things emit.
The Government's Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation carried out three years of research into possible harmful effects.
Its report came out 19 months ago. It stated it could find no evidence to justify health fears - but then clambered back on to the fence by announcing more research was needed before any final conclusions could be reached.
And in that state of limbo we remain.
So, regardless of whether these phone masts are 12, 15 or 30 metres high, or if they are disguised as a petrol station sign or a Christmas tree, the objections will continue.
Resolve the health-risk debate, and then the siting of these masts can become a straightforward planning issue.
Derbyshire Evening Telegraph. - 23 August 2005
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RESIDENTS ANGRY AT DISGUISED MAST PLAN

A Mobile phone firm has angered residents by proposing to erect a telecommunications mast disguised as a telegraph pole.

Neighbours believe the Vodafone mast would be put in a bad position, despite its disguise, as they are worried about the health implications.
The timber-clad mast is planned for land near Ladywood Primary School, Oliver Road, Kirk Hallam, and residents are worried as it will be near homes
on Goole Avenue and Queen Elizabeth Way.
Goole Avenue resident Derek Espie said: "It's very close to the school and we're all worried."
Vodaphone said the 12-metre high aerial is needed to improve their service. Officials have written to the school as well as local people and they
said there are no health dangers.
A spokeswoman said: "Our job is to have a balance between making sure we minimise visual impact and still provide a service to local people."
Derbyshire Evening Telegraph. 20 August 2005
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Derby
Residents protest against the masts

Residents in Derby have staged a march against plans for two new mobile phone masts in their communities.
They walked between the war memorial on Shelton Lock Green and the Red Lion pub in Chellaston.
Protestors said the masts for Vodaphone were going to be positioned in inappropriate places close to the junior school and the war memorial.
Planning permission has been granted for the firm to erect a mast on the junction of Derby Road and the Parkway.
The second site on the green has yet to be given approval.
The residents were joined on their march by the South Derbyshire MP, Mark Todd.
BBC i 30.07.05

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MAST PROTEST ON THE MARCH

An action group opposed to plans for a mobile phone mast will parade through the streets of Chellaston and Allenton this weekend to highlight its cause.
The Mast Action Committee, part of Chellaston Residents' Association, is fighting plans for a Vodafone mast at the junction of Parkway and Derby Road,
outside the Red Lion pub.
Vodafone has already been given the go-ahead by Derby City Council for the 12-metre mast as it did not need full planning permission because it was
less than 15 metres high.
Now protesters have discovered that Vodafone is planning to apply to the city council for prior approval for another 12-metre mast in Merrill Way,
Allenton, near the War Memorial Village.
On Saturday they are taking to the streets to protest against the proposed Allenton mast and to try to stop the Chellaston mast.
The protesters are meeting on the green at the War Memorial Village at 10am and will set off from there at 10.30am, travel along Chellaston Road
and Derby Road to reach the Red Lion pub at 11.30am.
The protesters are appealing for a marching band and cheerleaders to join in to help them make some noise and marshals to help it run smoothly.
Mast Action Committee member Philip Ingall, of St Peter's Road, Chellaston, said: "We want to show Vodafone that we're growing and we'll fight any
application that's made in an unsuitable location.
"The parade will cause some traffic disruption and I am sorry for that. Don't blame us, blame Vodafone for proposing to build masts in unsuitable locations."
Earlier this month the committee held a protest outside Chellaston Junior School, in Maple Drive, to warn parents about the mast in Chellaston.
But Vodafone said it would still continue with the plans.
The mast would be about 100m away from the junior school and 200m from Chellaston Infant School, in School Lane.
200 people have signed a petition against the mast.
A Vodafone spokeswoman confirmed that the company was consulting ward councillors about the site in Allenton.
The mast would be for both 2G and 3G technology to improve coverage for voice calls as well as new technology such as picture messaging.
She added: "There is a tentative proposal for a mast at that site.
Now is the time for people to give us their views."
Derbyshire Telegraph. BY SUZANNE HARROP. - 26 July 2005
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TOUGH STANCE CERTAIN TO BE CHALLENGED

New city council leader Chris Williamson has now adopted the most aggressive stance against mobile phone masts yet seen from
within our corridors of power.
The Labour chief says he has instructed the authority's legal department to explore what measures are open to residents to fight planning
applications from mobile phone companies.
He wants to show protesting residents "that they have the support of the city council" - a remarkable blanket commitment.
It will raise a few eyebrows because, up and down the land, planning officers have been sadly shaking their heads and saying that
regulations leave them powerless to oppose plans for masts which are under 15 metres high.
If that is indeed the law of the land, then Mr Williamson may have to restrict his fight to the higher masts.
And, even then, he can expect to be challenged to name the sites within the city which he would deem acceptable as mast sites.
For, however electorally- damaging that would be, these things have to be put up somewhere if millions of people are to enjoy the benefit of
their mobile phones.
Of course, if scientists were able to unequivocally answer the question which has been troubling people for years - do masts pose a health risk?
- the issue would become more clear-cut.
If the answer is yes, then it is back to the drawing board and people would just have to find some other means of annoying fellow bus and train
passengers and dicing with death behind the steering wheels of their cars.
And if they are given a clean bill of health, we'll just have to accept the phone masts as an unsightly but necessary evil.
Unless, that is, Mr Williamson is prepared to risk the wrath of Derby's phone-users and insist he is going to block all plans for masts...
Derbyshire Telegraph. 09:30 - 01 August 2005

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Codnor: Residents say mast should go

CODNOR residents are demanding that a mobile telephone mast is taken down.
Planning permission for the mast near Codnor Market Place expired last year, but the 15ft pole is still standing.
An application to renew planning permission for the mast until December 2009 was made at the end of last year, but councillors deferred making a decision until further investigations had been carried out.
Now seven months later, no decision has been made and residents are calling for the mast to come down.
This week Amber Valley Borough Council said they were still looking into the legality of the mast remaining on the site.
Angry Mill Lane resident Shelia Jackson said: "It shouldn't take this long, it's taking forever to get the mast down."
At the planning meeting in November, councillors related back to a planning application approved earlier in the year for a trellis mast on the same site.
Councillors believed when they approved the trellis mast that it would reduce the number of individual masts on the site as mast sharing was possible.
However, phone company O2 claimed mast sharing was not an option, stating: "The lattice tower is not capable of supporting a third operator without further redevelopment."
Amber Valley's planning executive, Robert Reid, supported the deferral of the decision, adding: "There is merit in investigating whether the phone operators can go together on the new trellis mast."
Jessop Street resident Cliff Jones is angry with the delay, he said: "They are just dragging their feet. The mast should have been taken down months ago. We want it down and down now.
"Decisions about mast sharing should have been sorted before the lattice tower was granted planning permission."
The Derbyshire Times. By Stephen Sinfield. 16 June 2005

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Chesterfield

Voters say 'no' to mast
People power looks set to cut off plans for a controversial mobile mast near homes in a mid-Derbyshire village.
Orange has planning permission from NE Derbyshire District Council to site a mast only 300 metres from a school in Wessington at Nethergreen Farm, Moorwood Moor Lane.
But after protests from villagers the landowners – four members of the Eason family – decided to put the matter to a public vote.
Fifty locals turned up at the Three Horseshoes Pub for a referendum on whether the mast should go ahead – and landlord Scott Brown said the answer was a resounding 'no'.
Mr Brown said: "The Easoms have been very good about this. They have said they will consider the views of the villagers.
"But they can't get back to us this week as they are silaging and cannot stop. We understand that, they have a business to run. We hope to hold a meeting with them very soon."
Last month Mr Brown vowed to leave the village if the 17m mast, with six antennae and four microwave dishes, was erected. He and other villagers were worried that the radiowaves were a health risk to the children.
Villagers were asked to vote whether to support the original plan, to choose from sites 400, 500 or 700 metres away from the school and village green or to decide not to have a mast at all. The villagers voted to do without a mast altogether.
Orange has planning permission from NEDDC to site the mast in the original position.
They and the landowners came up with a second possible site for the mast, the 400 metres option, but this has also been turned down by the villagers.
A spokeswoman for Orange said the mast conformed to strict government guidelines and no link between masts and ill-health had been established.
Chesterfield Today. charlotte.white@derbyshiretimes.co.uk 02 June 2005

Devon:
United Kingdom Created: 10 Jul 2005
Whipton:
OPPOSITION GROWS TO MAST NEAR THREE SCHOOLS AND HOMES

Nearly 500 people have signed a petition against the building of a phone mast near their homes. As previously reported in the Echo, Hutchinson 3G
want to build the 12-metre-high mast in Whipton, on the junction of Leypark Road and Hill Barton Road.
There is widespread opposition to the development because, as well as being near thousands of homes, the mast is near three schools, a
children's home and a children's centre.
In addition, the new St Luke's High School, being built beside Hill Barton Road, will be a few metres away from the mast.
Many parents living in the area are worried about having a mobile phone mast near their homes. Catherine Hill, Parent Forum co-ordinator for Sure Start,
which provides services for children in the Whipton area, said: "I am opposed to the mast because it is a worry, and so are parents. I know lots have
signed the petition.
"There are already quite a lot of masts in Whipton I think parents are just worried about the lack of information on how they affect health."
Laurence Davey, one of the founders of Whipton Agai-nst Masts (WAM), said opposition to the mast was spreading.
"Lots of local shops and businesses have displayed our petitions and we have now collected 487 signatures from residents opposing the mast," he said.
"More than 318 residents have written letters of objection to the council too"
Mr Davey will speak out on behalf of residents at a council planning meeting on July 25.
Peter Edwards, councillor for Whipton, also said he would argue against the mast at the same committee meeting.
Hutchinson 3G have meanwhile released more details about the mast. How much of its 20-watt output would be directed towards homes and schools would depend on the alignment of its three antennae. One would face towards Whipton, one towards Heavitree and the third in the direction of Sowton Industrial
Estate and the Met Office.
Mike Dobson, community affairs manager for Hutchinson 3G, said: "We have to be as close to residential areas as possible so we can give the best possible coverage.
We had considered the Texaco garage in Honiton Road, but the owner refused.
"We also considered Rennes House, but Exeter City Council advised us they didn't want us to put it there.
"As a company, we try to put masts on existing structures to minimise the impact."
The mast would be built on Highways Agency-owned land.
This means the county council will be informed of Hutchinson 3G's plans to built the mast if Exeter City Council grants them planning permission.
BY KERRA MADDERN Express and Echo Devon. - 15 July 2005
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Exeter :
Council leaders try to block more masts on roof
CALL TO BLOCK ANTENNAS BID
City leaders are to try to block a bid to install more mobile phone equipment on Exeter's biggest block of council flats.
Telecommunications gi-ant O2 is applying for permission to expand its range of equipment on top of Rennes House in Whipton.
The roof at the city council-managed 10-storey-high block is already home to several mobile phone antennas and is close to Whipton Barton
First and Middle Schools.
O2 and another operator have had leases with the city council for their existing equipment since 1997.
But city council leader Roy Slack says health fears expressed by Rennes House residents must be taken into account.
He is recommending fellow members of the authority’s executive committee refuse O2’s bid when they meet next Tuesday.
He said: “When mobile phones first appeared, people were quite relaxed about the equipment that was needed to make these phones work.
“Now people are much more cautious and we think that the operators should think very carefully before installing equipment in very
sensitive locations.
“I am concerned for the residents of Rennes House who already have a lot of equipment on the roof.
“Although there is no evidence of any significant health harm, we want to allay their fears by putting a stop to further growth in the
amount of equipment installed.”
The Echo’s Shock Waves campaign has been calling for an independent investigation into concerns over the potential health risks of
emissions from mobile phone masts.
It was launched in 2002 after the discovery of a cluster of four cancer cases near a mast in Crediton owned by communications company Orange, which claims its mast is safe.
Exeter City Council has refused planning permission for mobile phone masts before, citing local health fears, but has lost on appeal.
Government planning guidelines say health fears cannot be used as grounds for objection if the masts emit at lower-than-recognised international guidelines.
However, in the case of Rennes House, the city council would be acting in its capacity as the leaseholder and not the local planning authority.
Pensioner Barbara Escott, who has lived in Rennes House for 28 years, said: “We don’t need any more of this equipment on the roof.
“We used to have our washing lines on the roof. Now you can’t go up there and it is full of this stuff.
“We don’t know how it is affecting our health now so I don’t want any more of it.”
Terry Millan, a Rennes House resident of 24 years, added: “I would like to see all of the equipment up there taken away now.
A lot of people complain of being ill around here. You do wonder if it is to do with the mast.
“I would welcome any attempt by the council to stop more equipment being put up there.”
Exeter Express and Echo 17.06.05

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PHONE MAST REFUSED

Residents cheered when councillors refused a mobile phone mast on a Witham estate.
Witham Area Committee rejected an application from Hutchison 3G for a mast off Spa Road, opposite Powers Hall Junior and Infants School.
Planning officers recommended approval.
Exeter Gazette. - 16 June 2005

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Exeter
COUNCIL WON'T BUY MASTS KIT

Mobile phone mast emission metering equipment is to be struck off Exeter City Council's shopping list. The council's executive decided two years ago to set aside £25,000 to spend on hi-tech mast monitoring gear.
The decision to buy the equipment was made amid widespread public unease at the health impact of masts.
Public concern about the issue has been highlighted by the Echo's Shockwaves campaign, which is calling on the Government to fund more research into mast emissions.
But now the council's environmental health officials say they do not believe there is any real benefit to be gained from monitoring masts.
A report to the council's community scrutiny committee said the equipment would be used to monitor emissions that are established to be well within the safety limits.
At the meeting, Jayne Donovan, the council's head of environmental health services, said: "It is clear that if the council measured mast emissions the results would be very similar to levels monitored nationally.
"The emissions we would get would be likely to be below international guidelines.
"In my opinion, there would be very limited uses of the information and the results would not be able to provide any meaningful health protection tool.
"However, we will continue to keep abreast of research and other developments in the field."
The committee voted to recommend that the council's executive should support the move not to buy the monitoring equipment.
Conservative city councillor Norman Shiel, the deputy chairman of the committee, said: "I support this recommendation. It would be gesture politics to spend taxpayers' money on this monitoring equipment."
Exeter Express and Echo. BY BEN NORMAN. 09 June 2005

Dorset:
United Kingdom Created: 10 Jul 2005
Coming soon.

Durham:
United Kingdom Created: 10 Jul 2005
02 appeals rejection

A TELECOMMUNICATIONS company is appealing a planning committee's decision to refuse permission to erect a mobile phone mast in a north
Durham residential area.

O2 wants to install a 12-metre signal transmitter on land south of Carlingford Road, on the Garden Farm Estate, in Chester-le-Street.

It was refused permission in June by the Chester-le-Street District Council's planning department.

The committee has received 600 letters of opposition to the mast from locals following a campaign started by the Garden Farm and West Lane Community
Association.

Association chairman Reg Nelson said: "I can't quite understand why they want to put it in the middle of a residential area near the local shops.

"There are plenty of other areas in Chester-le-Street where they can put the aerial, so I do not know why they are so determined to put it there."

Mr Nelson urged people with strong views on the matter to write to the planning inspector who will investigate the council's decision to refuse
permission.

Letters should quote reference number APP/G1305/A/05/1185984 and be sent to The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3-03, Kite Wing, Temple Quay House,
2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN.

No one from O2 was available for comment when contacted by The Northern Echo yesterday.
The Northern Echo 31.08.05

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Chester-le-Street: Call to block telecom mastCall to block telecom mast
PLANNERS are being urged to block an application to put up a 12-metre high mobile phone mast in a north Durham estate.
Telecommunications company O2 wants to put the antennae in the middle of the Garden Farm Estate in Chester-le-Street.
The proposal for land south of Carlingford Road has sparked a letter writing campaign from residents who are opposed.
Chester-le-Street District Council has received 600 letters of protest over the issue.
The campaign was started by Garden Farm Residents' Association and supported by south ward councillor Linda Ebbatson.
Coun Ebbatson, who is also council leader, said: "It is a wholly inappropriate site for the installation as it is a central location in the estate, which is virtually open plan.
"It would be very intrusive and affect the visual amenity. We want to upgrade this area - not downgrade."
Other residents are opposed to the mast because of health fears and feel it is too near their properties. The nearest house is ten metres from the site.
Householders also feel the mast will devalue their properties and that potential noise could affect their sleeping patterns.
Protestors fear the mast could affect road safety, could become a distraction for drivers and become a congregating point for children.
O2 wants to strengthen its third generation mobile phone coverage in the area.
No one from the company was available for comment.
Council officers express their reservations about the plan in a report for the planning committee who will make a final decision next week.
It said: "In this instance the height of the proposed installation, relevant to other buildings and street furniture in the area, is considered to represent a form of development inappropriate for the proposed location, which would be harmful to the character and visual amenity of the area.
"It is considered that the applicants have failed to submit the appropriate justification of the need for the development.
"They have failed to adequately demonstrate that any alleged need could not be met via the installation of an antenna on existing buildings in the surrounding area."
The planning committee meets at Chester-le-Street Civic Centre on Monday.
by the staff of the Chester-le-Street Advertiser

Essex:
United Kingdom Created: 10 Jul 2005
Mass protest at plan to put mast near school

PROTESTORS turned out in force to oppose plans to build a new mobile phone mast near a primary school.
Two hundred teachers and parents of children at Manuden Primary School braved heavy rain to take part in a demonstration and wave placards outside
the school, in The Street, on Monday.
The campaigners are concerned about the health implications of mobile phone company Orange's plans to install the mast at Bentfield Bury Farm,
just 350 metres away from the school.
One mother, who did not wish to be named, has a child starting at the pre-school, which is on the same site, in September.
She feared the signal emitting from the mast increased the risk of anyone living or working near it getting cancer, and could not understand why
Orange wanted to site the pole there when there was plenty of countryside nearby where it could be placed away from residential areas.
An application for an alternative site in a more rural area had been turned down because some rare plants needed protecting, but she did not think
environmental concerns should come before the potential health risks to the schoolchildren.
She said: "There are fields for miles around that village with nobody near. There is absolutely no reason to put the mast near the school."
Linda Talbot, the school's headteacher, quoted the Stewart Report conducted by the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones, which was set up by
the government to assess the possible health effects from mobile phones, base stations and transmitters.
This concluded that it was not possible to say that exposure to radiation from the Radio Frequency emissions from the masts was totally
without potentially adverse health effects.
It recommended that if a mast was sited within or near school grounds then the strongest signal should not fall on any part of the school.
The headteacher also believed the company had deliberately timed the submission of the application for approval by Uttlesford District Council to
coincide with the summer holidays so there would be less opposition as parents would be away.
She said: "If this is approved, it will be a disaster for the school and the village."
Orange is planning to build the mast, which will stand 20 metres high and have six antennae, four dishes and six pack equipment cabinets.
The company needs to boost the signal in the area around Manuden and can not place it in a more rural location because the signal would not reach
the homes.
An Orange spokeswoman said the mast had to be placed on higher ground in order to cover the village because it was in a valley and the Bentfield Bury
Farm site was one of two sites being considered in Manuden.
But the company chose the former because it was further away from residential homes and screened from view by trees.
"Many people view mobile technology as a new invention and believe that we should be cautious until we know what the effects may be.
"However, mobile phones are just a new way of using old technology. RF has been around for over 40 years and there are many other forms of RF in
our environment whether we are at home, in a classroom or outside.
"The mobile phone handsets themselves emit a signal 24/7 whether they are in use or not as they are constantly searching for the nearest mast to
communicate with," the spokeswoman said.
Orange's plans will be considered for approval by the district council's development control commmittee in September
25 August 2005 | 10:37 Affron Walden Reporter (Essex)
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Waltham Forest
Joy as bid for mast is rejected

RESIDENTS were delighted when plans to build a mobile phone mast in Chingford were thrown out by councillors.
The application from T Mobile to erect the 11.7 metre high mast on Highways Agency land next to the traffic roundabout in Waltham Way was turned down by the planning committee.
Colleen Montgomery, a local resident, told the meeting: "This area is residential and there are a lot of bungalows that do not stand very tall. If this mast goes ahead it will not be bungalow land', it will be mobile mast land'."
Councillors are unable to turn down any application for a mobile phone mast on health grounds, but agreed it would have a detrimental impact on the street scene and would represent street clutter
By Jenny Clarke Waltham Forest GuardianSaturday 23rd July 2005

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Maldon: PHONE MASTS BID

Two mobile phone mast applications will be discussed on Monday by Maldon District Council.
The first was submitted by Hutchison 3G and would be sited at Grange Farm, in Lower Burnham Road, Latchingdon It would include a 17.5m mast
and electronic telecommunications base station.
North Fambridge could house the second, put forward by Orange Personal Communications Ltd.
They have applied for permission to install a 22m monopole telecommunications mast with six antenna and four transmission dishes
within a 6x6m compound.
The applications go before the council's north-western area planning committee.
Essex Gazette. - 04 August 2005

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Mast is 'insensitive'

RESIDENTS are furious over plans to put a phone mast twice the height of a lamppost within metres of their homes and a school.
Householders around Chigwell Rise, Chigwell, have slammed T-mobile over proposals to install a 14.7m-high aerial, but because it is under 15m it does
not require planning permission.
Graham Lancaster, of Chester Road, said: "When I heard about it, I thought it was a joke. It's totally inappropriate to have it so close to a residential area
and the school. If you had to think of the most insensitive place to put a mast, you would choose here."
Mr Lancaster claimed residents had not been properly consulted and he was only notified by a letter addressed "to the occupier."
He assumed it was junk mail and almost threw it away. He said only two other neighbours had received a letter.
"I really am furious that something so important in terms of impact is dealt with in that way. I've lived here for 20 years, yet suddenly I'm an unnamed occupier'."
The mast would be sited on the corner of Chigwell Rise and Chester Road, on land which Epping Forest District Council believes is owned by Essex County Council.
Mr Lancaster called the area "the green lung" of Chigwell and added he was fearful for the health of residents and pupils at the nearby
Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College.
He questioned why the company could not share a mast with other networks, or why it could not be sited on a building.
He added: "There are two on the M11 about 100m away. If I'd approached the local authority to put a flagpole in my back garden they wouldn't stop laughing.
This will be seen for miles around."
The residents have instructed solicitors to represent their interests.
T-Mobile said it understood there were often concerns when locating masts, but a spokesman said:
"Without a network of base stations, mobile phones simply do not work."
She added: "We will always try to share masts with other networks, where possible.
"When our agents go to look for sites all considerations are taken into account. 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.
"Based on over 40 years of research, we're confident our base stations do not present a health risk to any member of the public."
Other sites, including Victory Hall, the Metropolitan Police Sports Club and the golf club, were ruled out because the landowner refused permission
or there was signal interference.
A district council spokesman said: "As the mast is under 15m it does not require planning permission as T-Mobile is a statutory undertaker.
"What it does require is prior approval from us and this is where we currently are.
"We cannot refuse permission as such, all we can do is object to their siting on aesthetic and street scene grounds."
By Jane Wharton Eping Forest Guardian 25.07.05

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Volunteers needed for phone mast study

Researchers studying whether mobile phone masts affect health need your help.
The team from the University of Essex, UK, is conducting the largest ever study into the impact of emissions from the masts, both conventional and third generation (3G), on health.
The researchers from the Department of Psychology are now starting their testing programme on 132 ‘control' volunteers, who have not reported any
symptoms or sensitivity to the electromagnetic fields emitted by masts. They need to hear from members of the public aged 35 to 60 who are willing to be
tested on four separate occasions.
Principal investigator Professor Elaine Fox said: ‘There is widespread public concern about the emissions from mobile phone masts, but there is a shortage
of hard evidence based on large-scale studies.
‘Our testing programme sets out to establish conclusively what symptoms are suffered, and how common the occurrence of electromagnetic
hypersensitivity is in the general population. To obtain this vital evidence, we need volunteers who are prepared to give their time to be tested under
controlled conditions.'
Testing of electromagnetic hypersensitivity sufferers has already begun, although more volunteers in this group are also needed. Professor Fox said:
‘We recognise how difficult it is for hypersensitivity sufferers to submit themselves to our testing programme. However, the results could aid medical
recognition of the condition to the benefit of future sufferers.'
Volunteers will be tested in the specially-designed, electrically-screened, Electromagnetics and Health (EMH) laboratory at the University of Essex in
Colchester. Each of the four sessions, spaced at least one week apart, lasts approximately two hours. Testing takes place over the next 12 months.
To volunteer, or for further information, please contact the research team on 1206 873784, e-mail ehstudy@essex.ac.uk, or see
essex.ac.uk/psychology/EHS
The two-year £328,000 research project is being funded by the Government and industry under the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research
Programme. The research team has already surveyed 20,000 people in Essex and Suffolk to find out what proportion reported sensitivity to electromagnetic fields, and to establish key symptoms of this sensitivity. The results of this phase of the project are due to be published in the autumn.
For further information, or to arrange to interview one of the researchers, please contact the Public Relations Office
on +44 (0)1206 872400,
email proffice@essex.ac.uk
Reference URL
essex.ac.uk/psychology/EHS
SOURCE: http://www.alphagalileo.org
15 Jul 2005
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Witham.
ANGER AT PHONE MAST SITE CLOSE TO SCHOOLS
Hundreds of Witham people today hit out at plans to build a mobile phone mast on a crowded estate near two schools.
More than 400 residents from the proposed site off Spa Road, opposite Powers Hall Junior and Infant Schools, have signed a petition begging
Braintree District Council to do all it can to refuse planning permission for the 14 metre high mast.
Now Suzanne Bartley, head of the junior school, has added her objections.
She and the chairman of governors, Margaret Galione, a district councillor, have written a letter of objection to the phone company Hutchison 3G, reminding them of the proximity of the schools to the proposed site.
"This is of great concern to both schools," said Mrs Bartley.
"The tower would be extremely close to us, definitely too close for comfort.
It seems very strange to put it in the middle of an estate and close to two schools which have about 700 children on one site here.
I hate to think how many more live nearby.
"I am sure there must be another site which would serve the area without causing this very great concern to us and the other residents."
The petition, which is still growing, has been raised by Brian and Brenda Bunn, of Brain Road, who live 15ft from the proposed site between
Eden Close and Avon Walk.
"It's such a daft place to put it," he said. "It's ludicrous to try to build it in the middle of an estate when there are so many open spaces around,
like next to a railway bank or in a field.
Support is building up day by day."
Simon Gurden, of Eden Road, on the other side of the site, is worried about the health of his one-year-old daughter, Coral.
A second child is on the way.
"There is no hard proof that the radiation from these masts is safe, particularly for small children.
It would also look extremely ugly."
A spokesman for Hutchison 3G said their technology complied with the latest safety standards, and the company was satisfied the mast
would blend in with the surroundings.
The application for planning permission will be discussed by district councillors within the next month.
The case follows similar situations in Hatfield Peverel and Feering, where residents have opposed masts and called on councillors for help.
Planning chief Les Mitchell said it was possible to refuse permission, but phone companies were free to appeal.
"Technically, radiation from the aerials is not a reason to refuse planning permission, but we are told to be sensitive to health concerns."
Witham Town Council's planning committee recommended on Monday evening that permission for the mast be refused.
Members felt it would be detrimental to neighbouring amenities and an unsightly intrusion into the street scene.
Essex Gazette. JOHN PEACHEY. 09 June 2005
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Battle over the mobile masts
FOLLOWING the Guardian's report on the fight against new Third Generation mobile phone technology, health researchers are asking for human "guinea pigs" to expose themselves to microwave emissions.
Last week, the Guardian revealed the fight of local residents against a 3G mast, which T-mobile wants to erect just 150 metres away from Oakdale Infants and Junior School in South Woodford.
Protesting parents were alarmed after a Dutch study, the only one undertaken so far into this new technology, exposed its potential dangers to health.
Now, the Electromagnetics and Health Laboratory at the University of Essex is carrying out the largest research project of its kind into the impact of electromagnetic fields transmitted by mobile phones and 3G masts.
It is looking for volunteers willing to expose themselves to electromagnetic signals from conventional mobile phone base stations and 3G masts.
Project head Professor Elaine Fox said: "There have been a number of cases where people claim they're particularly sensitive to radio frequency electromagnetic fields and have experienced severe health effects from mobile phones and base stations. This is known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome."
Professor Fox said one of the key problems was a lack of guidelines on the symptoms of the syndrome.
The two-year study will be welcomed by many residents in Wanstead and Woodford who have been campaigning against the numbers of mobile phone masts being installed in the borough. The new 3G masts have caused even more concern.
In November, Conservative councillors in neighbouring borough Waltham Forest called for health effects to be investigated and agreed to seek cross-party support for an investigation into the raft of mobile phone mast planning applications in the pipeline.
Already there are over 80 mobile phone masts in Redbridge, but that number could increase to well over 100 if current applications are given the go-ahead in the coming months. No-one knows how many of these may be 3G masts because the mobile phone companies do not have to say.
Volunteers will be exposed alternately to electromagnetic signals from conventional mobile phone base stations and 3G masts, and to no signals at all.
Participants will be tested on four separate occasions, and neither the experimenters nor the volunteers will know when the base station is switched on or off.
The £328,00 study is being funded by the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme and each test takes two-and-a-half hours and they are held in four weekly sessions.
The university will pay £20 per session plus expenses and is hoping to test around 240 people. Anyone interested should log on to www.essex.ac.uk./psychology.EHS.
l In last week's feature on 3G mobile phone masts, the Redbridge Council comment should have said that mobile phone companies do not have to tell the council how many 3G masts are in the pipeline. We apologise for any confusion.
11:00am Thursday 10th February 2005

Glocestershire:
United Kingdom Created: 10 Jul 2005
The people of Stroud: You are not alone!.

I have replied to the newspaper in Stoud with the following:

I would like to let the good people of Stroud know that they are not alone!
This sad state of affairs is happening all over the UK and has indeed two weeks ago happened at Marlborough in Wiltshire.
Marlborough is very similar to Stroud, both are delightful little old English rural market towns, full of historic and listed buildings set in beautiful surroundings
and within or around conservation areas and ANOB’s. Like the people of Stroud, the residents of Marlborough would like to keep it that way. But no, the telecommunications giants are walking all over the UK, crushing us underfoot and changing the very nature and traditions of all that we hold dear.
Below are a few thoughts to encourage Stroud to fight on; why should we have all this equipment and environmental pollution imposed upon us against our wishes, putting the needs of the operator before our own? In our case the real culprit is BT who want to put these masts on their exchange roof against the wishes of their customers who live around it. At the end of the day, we are all the customers of these phone companies and they would do well to remember
the power that we have - if only it were coordinated effectively…
We too feel the despair that Stroud must be feeling right now.
We have thanked the regulatory committee for everything that they have done to support the people of Marlborough during the last three years.
We have been constantly supported by our Town Councilors and by the Regulatory Planning Committee and are very grateful that they rejected permission,
even though loosing an appeal will cost Kennet financially. I am sure that they are as dismayed by the decision as we are. We have written to ask them if
the planning authority is prepared to challenge this decision in the High Court on behalf of those in Marlborough, on the grounds that this decision wasn't
right, backing up their previous stance on the matter. We do not have the funds to take this to the High Court ourselves and so the bullying telecommunication company tactics win.
Naturally, I along with many of the residents living here, are devastated that this development can now proceed in our midst.
Many firmly believe that the radiation from these structures is likely to cause health problems and illnesses in the future and simply do not agree with the comments made by the Inspector in the appeal decision and we have written to tell them so.
There is much evidence being published regularly by various bodies but this Government chooses to ignore such findings.

Neither are many local residents in agreement with the views made by the Inspector - that in his opinion - the visual impact will be of an acceptable level
and would not have a detrimental impact on the settings of listed buildings. We clearly will be subjected to these eyesores everyday.
We asked whether the Planning Committee agrees with the inspector that this development will comply with Policies HH5, HH8, NR8, PPS7 and PPG8?
Despite numerous concerns raised by local residents in their objection letters only the two points seem to have been addressed: visual impact and health risks. No reference is made to concerns such as vehicular access and increased traffic to the site, economic impacts such as devalued property and the impact on local schools and impact of those families moving away are ignored. Neither is the issue of setting a precedent for all future telecommunication equipment in
this location and that impact on Policy NR8 given any consideration.
Given that Kennet District Council has an obligation to protect the environment on our behalf, we have strongly urged that this decision should be challenged
by the Council in order to comply with Article 130r of the European Treaties Act, which actively requires the protection of the environment, following a precautionary approach, preventing any type of environmental pollution at source. Kennet has a responsibility to provide a safe environment for those with disabilities and that includes the 15 - 25% of the population known to suffer with chemical and/or electromagnetic sensitivities who can experience debilitating reactions from exposure to extremely low levels of common chemicals such as pesticides, cleaning products, fragrances, and remodeling activities, and from electromagnetic fields emitted by computers, cell phones, and other electrical equipment. At present we have a choice about whether to use such products
and devices in our homes but we will have no choice about the microwave irradiation about to be unleashed over us 24/7/365.
Outside and industrial Noise pollution is another responsibility that Kennet has to protect us from under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Soon, many may well be troubled by low frequency noise or hum and no doubt be contacting the environmental health department at Kennet for help in
order to simply sleep at night. The inspector states that noise levels generated by equipment must not exceed 10db(A) above the background noise level
when measured at the boundary of adjoining properties (which means that to comply fully, the generated noise level would need to fluctuate with the
background noise level). But, when is background noise to be measured? At night it is very quiet, in daytime the lorries can be extremely loud. If it were
measured above this level, then the noise from equipment could be very loud at night, much above 10db(A) allowed by the inspector.
The inspector’s decision could be challenged on these grounds alone as it is not quantifiable and is open to abuse by the equipment operators.
So much research is now available to support evidence of potential health issues that I believe it is irresponsible to allow this development to proceed.
Everyone has been warned of potential risks, from tumors to cataracts and the decreased nighttime production of Nocturnal Melatonin and to ignore such
advice brings the prospect of legal proceedings against Operators, Landowners and Planning Authorities ever nearer.
The local people have made their views known clearly. The inspector’s decision represents the slow death of democracy and possibly the death of many
who live in Marlborough, and, unfortunately, it would seem in Stroud too.
Pete.
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INSPECTOR OVERTURNS PHONE MAST REFUSAL

A Planning inspector has overturned Stroud District Council's decision to oppose permission for a mobile phone mast at Thrupp.
Members of the public had applauded councillors when they rejected Vodafone's application for a 12-metre device in London Road on health
and visual intrusion grounds. But five months on, an inspector has decided in favour of the mobile phone company's proposal.
Last year almost 40 householders logged protest letters with the council about the mast.
Mother Lynn Cain said people were really worried about the health implications of the radiation from the mast.
She was especially concerned because it was near Stroud General Hospital.
However, Inspector Ken Barton said Vodafone's pole and cabinets would be screened by trees and would be "integrated into the locality to some extent".
"Public views and vantage points are limited and people are only likely to get a fleeting view of it," said Mr Barton.
"It would have an insignificant impact on the character and appearance of the area."
On the issue of health, the inspector said he noted the "strong local feeling", particularly about the school 400 metres away and two homes
100 metres from the pole. But the proposal had been designed to comply with the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection.
"PPG8 indicates that in these circumstances it should not be necessary to further consider the health aspects and concerns about them," he said.
The inspector's decision has been condemned by Green Party councillors as "undemocratic".
They said the mast and two equipment cabins would "blight" the London Road approach to Stroud.
"There has been enormous local opposition from Thrupp residents to this phone mast - no wonder people get disenchanted with democracy when
the decision of local councillors and the opinions of local people are overridden by an unelected bureaucrat," said Coun Martin Whiteside.
"It seems that this Government and the Planning Inspectorate are only interested in the profits of big business, not the opinions of local people".
On behalf of Vodafone, Jane Frapwell said the company planned to keep visual intrusion from the mast to a minimum.
"We are well aware that this is a conservation area and our obligations to make sure we reduce and visual impact and to provide a service locally,
" she said.
"This installation is a roadside slim pole which is designed to blend in with existing street furniture.
"In terms of health we recognise that some people do have concerns but we take our lead from expert international bodies such as the
World Health Organisation which has said that within the guideline levels there is no evidence of any adverse health effect from radio base stations.
"They are very low powered and provide a very local service."
David Corker, from Stroud District Council, said the authority would not incur any costs from the planning appeal because it was dealt with through
written representations.
The Citizen, Gloucestershire-24 August 2005
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MAST FIGHT BACK ON AFTER SITE MOVES 9FT

Residents have united in opposition against plans for a mobile phone mast near their homes.
A proposal for a 15-metre high antennae on a pavement near the Prince of Wales pub, in Cainscross, has been lodged with Stroud District Council.
The plan submitted by mobile phone company Hutchison 3G comes only months after the owners of the pub, Enterprise Inns plc, rejected a plan to install
a mast on the car park.
This followed opposition from residents including landlord Graham Lee.
The proposal would see a mast sited just three metres from the previous plot, although not on land owned by the pub company.
And the community has again reacted angrily to the new plan despite reassurances over the design and safety of the device.
Mr Lee, who has been landlord of the Prince of Wales for around 13 years, said he had concerns over both the design and health implications
of the mast.
"It's not a very good site," he said.
"We have got children ourselves and it will be about 20 or 30 feet away from the pub, which is somewhere a lot of people gather socially."
Mr Lee, who lives in the pub with wife Sarah and children Jessica, 16, and Thomas, 14, said pub regulars had also voiced concerns over the device.
"My neighbours particularly are very concerned as it is on their doorstep and I don't blame them," he said.
Councillor Darren Jones, a member of Cainscross Parish Council, said the community was shocked at the new plan.
"People mainly have fears over the health implications of the mast," he said.
"I know there's no concrete evidence there are any implications but there's no concrete evidence that there aren't effects on health.
"I think a precautionary approach would be better than just rubber-stamping applications like this."
But Hutchison 3G spokesman Mike Dobson said the mast complied with all health and safety regulations and would not be visually intrusive.
"From a visual perspective we have tried to make it as least intrusive as possible," he said.
"And from a health point of view we do meet the very stringent international health and safety guidelines that are set down by the International
Commission on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).
"And so local people have nothing to fear."
Planning officer Andrew Case at Stroud District Council said health implications could not be considered and a decision was expected before August 4.
The Citizen Gloucestershire. 22 July 2005
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FIND THE RIGHT PLACE FOR MAST

Mobile phone giant Hutchison 3G took on the wrong people when it decided to put up a mobile phone mast in Prestbury.
For Prestbury doesn't take anything lying down. And if it thinks that the health of its children, let alone that of its adult population, is at risk,
it will come out fighting. That's what happened yesterday when more than 300 people in the village turned out to let it be known in no uncertain terms
that they do not want a phone mast yards from Prestbury Play Mates playground and St Mary's Infant and Junior School.
They are not stupid. They have researched the evidence both for and against mobile phone masts.
And whilst there isn't any evidence that they are definitely harmful, nor is there any proof that they're not.
On that basis, the residents of Prestbury are joining those in Leckhampton and refusing to be bullied into having a mast on their doorstep.
The arguments about mobile phones and their alleged threats to health rumble on. And until there is conclusive evidence one way or another,
companies such as Hutchison 3G are going to face one battle after another.
No one in their right mind is going to accept a potentially lethal weapon on the roof next door - and no amount of rental revenue will convince
them otherwise.
So the people of Prestbury are right to stick to their guns.
They may all have mobile phones.
They may all curse when the reception is lousy.
But those are minor irritations in the face of unknown health risks.
The solution is for phone companies to get together with local authorities and find suitable sites in faraway locations.
Let's face it - a phone mast is no more ugly and a lot less intrusive than an electricity pylon. It can't be that hard to find a proper place for them to go.
Until that happens, there's one thing for sure - putting them next to schools and playgroups is a non-starter.
Gloucester Echo. 21 July 2005
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MAST PROTESTERS TURN OUT IN FORCE

Furious Prestbury residents turned out in force to oppose plans for a mobile phone mast on their doorsteps.

A crowd of 300 schoolchildren, parents, teachers, residents and councillors met outside St Mary's Church Hall, in Bouncers Lane.
Mobile phone giant Hutchison 3G want to put up a mast yards from Prestbury Play Mates playgroup and St Mary's Infant and Junior School.
Opponents say Hutchison have chosen the worst possible location.
Protest organiser Linda Dove said: "I hope the number of people here sends a clear message to Hutchison. Their mast isn't wanted."
Hutchison say it won't make them change their minds.
Spokesman Mike Dobson said: "They have a right to make their protest but this is the most suitable site."
Daphne Philpot, chairman of governors at St Mary's Junior School, said: "Our message is 'think again and be responsible'.
"Until there's proof that phone masts are not harmful they shouldn't be built near schools."
Hutchison wanted to put the phone mast in Cheltenham Cemetery - but the presence of badgers changed their plans.
The company wants to put the pole on the back of buildings next to the church hall. It would stick up above the building by 3.7m.
Prestbury resident David Barnett said: "My grandson goes to school over the road. Are badgers more important than him?
"It's ridiculous and simply for the sake of making money."
Tanya Wood took her nine-year-old son to the protest. She said: "We live in Chiltern Road and my son goes to the junior school.
He would be in the proximity of a phone mast for 24 hours. It can't be allowed."
Her son Arthur said: "My friends and I are worried about the health risks.
They should build it somewhere else."
St Mary's Junior School pupil Emily Wilsdon said: "Everyone thinks it's mad. It's not safe to be built near two schools and a playgroup.
It's a stupid idea and we want them to go away."
Coun Malcolm Stennett (PAB, Prestbury) said: "It's scandalous that this site is even being considered. Another location should be sought.
"We must keep the pressure on the mobile phone company. It worked for the residents in Leckhampton and it can here."
Coun Les Godwin (PAB, Prestbury) said: "An alternative site at the cemetery was agreed.
Hutchison have spent three years trying to find an excuse not to use it.
"We all know that badgers are a protected species but so are children."
There are 180 children at the infant school, 240 at the junior school and 24 children per session at the playgroup.
Dennis Thorn, of Glebe Road, said: "Can we guarantee the safety of so many children who live, play and go to school in the area?"
Hutchison spokesman Mr Dobson said: "We can assure people that our equipment complies with health and safety guidelines.
"The scientific balance of evidence is that masts such as this cause no adverse affects to health."
Gloucester Echo. 21 July 2005
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Health fears in Stroud
TOWN MAST PLANS ON HOLD SAY PHONE FIRM

Controversial plans to build a mobile phone mast in Stroud town centre have been withdrawn.
But anti-mast campaigners cannot break out the champagne just yet as phone company Vodafone could still propose a new site in the area.
The application for the 12m high mast in Merrywalks, had caused controversy as the proposed site was close to two schools and bus stops in the town.
A spokeswoman for Vodafone said: "We are trying to agree an alternative location which will be nearer to the (old police station) roundabout.
"The reason we withdrew was because there were plans, of which we were unaware, for additional bus stops at that point."
Anti-antennae campaigner Lynne Edmunds is spokeswoman for the pressure group Mast Sanity.
She has been one of the main objectors to the proposal and warned the campaign against the phone companies was by no means over.
"This is just the beginning of what communities are facing with five separate companies all trying to roll out new networks of 3G," she said.
She said each fresh proposal needed to be looked at.
"People see each application as a new separate situation," she said. "This is all part of this 3G blast."
Miss Edmunds recently objected to the mast over concerns the radiation given off by the mast might harm the health of pupils at the nearby St Rose's
Special School and Rosary Primary School as well as bus passengers.
Shortly afterwards head teacher of The Rosary, Maria Lockey said she would also be against the siting of a mast so near to her classrooms.
She said she had intended to send a written protest to the Stroud District Council local planning authority.
"Any potential health hazards could be a risk to schoolchildren," she said.
"I am also concerned about the siting of the mast near bus stops where hundreds of children wait each day for buses."
Businesswoman Nicky Baldwin runs a spinal rehabilitation centre at the Old Convent, which overlooks Merrywalks.
She said she had been concerned about the mast near her work.
"I am not too enthralled about having it (the mast) really. I am concerned about my health," she said.
A spokeswoman for the council confirmed Vodafone had withdrawn their Merrywalks application.
They were still looking to lodge a proposal in the immediate area, she said.
Gloucester Citizen. - 13 July 2005
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Cotswolds
PHONE MAST APPEAL

All new phone masts should need full planning permission to allow local residents to object to them, West MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, right, insisted yesterday. The Cotswold Conservative told a special Commons debate the Government was not listening to people's concerns over the health and environment implications of telecoms masts.
Masts less than 40ft tall do not need full planning permission.
Western Daily Express. 29 June 2005
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Cheltenham
TAKE YOUR MAST OFF OUR DOORSTEP

Angry residents gathered last night to protest against plans to put a mobile phone mast 100m from a Cheltenham school.
Dozens of campaigners waved placards and called for the plans to be scrapped. The furious reaction was prompted by phone company Hutchison 3G.
It has informed Cheltenham Borough Council it intends to put a 15m mast at the corner of Mead Road and Churchill Road, near Naunton Park Primary School.
The council could be powerless to stop it as aerials that are 15m tall or less do not need planning permission.
Di Gallagher lives opposite the site and has four children ranging in age from 10 to 14.
She said: "I don't think this is an appropriate place. Hutchison don't seem to appreciate that this is primarily a residential area.
"The proximity to the school makes me anxious. I've got children there and the health risks haven't been proved either way.
"It's not a chance I want them to take with my children's health."
Eight-year-old Laurie Cleevely goes to Naunton Park School and joined the protest with his parents Lorraine and Adrian.
His mother said: "He doesn't know what this mast might hold for his future.
"We want to make sure he grows up into a healthy young man."
Raj Gandhi, who lives in Mead Road, was protesting along with his sons Neil, 16, and James, 11.
He said: "From a health point of view there's no definitive study to say mobile phone masts don't do any harm."
Helen Maslin, who lives in Asquith Road, added: "The mast will look shocking. It'll be a blight."
Householders have been fighting plans for a mast in the area for a year.
Coun Klara Sudbury (Con, All Saints'), chairwoman of the residents' association, said: "People are really upset about this.
"We just want to make our point that people feel strongly."
In August 2004 the company revealed plans to install a mast on Leckhampton Kitchens and Bathrooms' premises in Mead Road.
Residents were up in arms and the freeholder of the building bowed to pressure and decided not to allow it on the building.
Now Hutchison has come back with another proposal.
The company says it has tried to find something that works from a technical point of view and is the least intrusive to the community.
It believes the chosen site is the best it can find and says the mast will comply with strict national guidelines on radiation.
Gloucester news. 07 July 2005
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Cheltenham
WE'LL FIGHT TO SAVE CHILDREN FROM MAST RISK

Naunton Park residents are planning a mass protest against plans to site a mobile phone mast 100m from a school.
Hutchison 3G has informed Cheltenham Borough Council it intends to put a 15m mast on the corner of Mead Road and Churchill Road.
The council could be powerless to stop it as aerials that are 15 metres tall or less do not need planning permission.
Householders have been fighting plans for a mast in the area for a year.
In August 2004 the company revealed plans to install one on Leckhampton Kitchens and Bathrooms' premises in Mead Road.
Residents were furious and the freeholder of the building bowed to pressure and decided not to allow it on the building.
But now Hutchison has come back with another proposal.
Campaigners are hoping to persuade the company to change its mind by organising a protest at the site at 5.30pm on Wednesday.
Concerned residents and parents and pupils of Naunton Park School are invited to attend.
Steve Maslin, treasurer of the Naunton Park Area Residents' Association, said: "People are worried about the potential health risks
of mobile phone masts. It still isn't clear whether or not they will lead to health problems later on. It's crazy to put a mast so close to Naunton Park School.
"These are young children who don't use mobile phones. If this goes ahead it could have a negative impact on pupil numbers if parents decide to send their children elsewhere."
Coun Klara Sudbury (Con, All Saints'), chairwoman of the residents' association, added: "Residents feel let down by Hutchison.
"We've successfully made the case that a mast so close to homes and the school is not appropriate by seeing off two proposals.
"They should respect our concerns instead of using these bully boy tactics.
"The proposed mast will be next to the planter of flowers and two trees that we've had installed. We've worked tirelessly to improve the area but this mast
will be an eyesore. It's disheartening."
Hutchison says it has tried to find something that works from a technical point of view and is the least intrusive to the community.
The company believes the chosen site is the best it can find and says the mast will comply with strict national guidelines on radiation.
Gloucester Echo 02 July 2005

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Angry MPs blast the Government
MP BLASTS INACTION OVER PHONE MASTS
Gloucester Citizen
06 July 2005
Mps yesterday rounded on the Government, accusing ministers of inaction over mobile phone masts, as an increasing number of communities rebelled against applications. About 15 MPs turned up at a debate in Westminster Hall to highlight the mounting frustration in their constituencies over masts, which they fear
are a health hazard.
The debate was led by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, the Tory MP for the Cotswolds, who called for a shake-up of the planning regime to impose more controls on phone operators.
"It is deeply ironic that mobile phones, created to allow a connection and conversations between those separated by distance, have only proven
just how distant this Government is, and incapable of listening even to the most persistent interlocutors," he said.
"Each time the Government has gone through the motions of listening to the public's concerns, it quickly becomes apparent that really no action
has been taken at all."
Mr Clifton-Brown said, after the Stewart report in 2000 that recommended a "precautionary approach" to mobile phone technology, ministers promised
to hold consultation exercises.
"However, it seems clear to me that this obese Government hasn't taken enough exercise and must now be shown how to get mobile phone masts
planning regulations back into shape."

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Stroud
MAST PLANS ANGER

An anti-mast campaigner has condemned as "monstrous" plans to erect a mobile phone mast close to two Stroud schools.
Mast Sanity spokeswoman Lynne Edmunds said it was "totally unacceptable" that Vodafone had applied to put up a third generation antennae on the pavement between two bus stops in Merrywalks. The 12m-high mast would tower over the Rosary Primary School and St Rose's Special School, said Miss Edmunds.
"It is the worst plan since the Tetras (police system) four years ago," said Miss Edmunds, who is concerned about possible ill-effects the health of local pupils.
"Vodafone clearly pays no attention to the vulnerability of children," she said.
But Vodafone spokeswoman Jane Frapwell said: "We are talking here about very low-powered devices - about as powerful as a light bulb.
"They have to be stationed where mobile phone users are. If we put it on a hill outside of Stroud it would only cover the hill."
Ms Frapwell said: "There are guidelines designed to protect all sectors of the public."
A few months ago Miss Edmunds and Mast Sanity backed a protest that blocked proposals for a similar Hutchison 3G mast near The Shrubberies, a special school in Stonehouse.
The Merrywalks mast would be only 175 metres from St Rose's and 120 metres from The Rosary, said Miss Edmunds.
Miss Edmunds said she feared radiation from the mast would also affect bus passengers.
Stroud District Council senior planning officer Andrew Case said the Vodafone application was already out to public consultation.
Regulations stated representations could be made about its site and appearance until a deadline of July 15

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Leckhampton.
CHURCH: WE COULD PUT A PHONE MAST IN OUR TOWER
Church leaders at St Philip and St James' in Leckhampton are planning to put a mobile phone mast in the tower. The church council has provisionally agreed to the request from QS4 Ltd.
The church, which would receive an annual fee for hosting the equipment, believes the mast would be less of an eyesore inside the building than outside.
It says there is a need for a mast in Leckhampton because there is poor network coverage in the area.
Residents and councillors are dismayed.
Borough councilllor Robin MacDonald (Leckhampton, Con) attacked the move.
He said: "I don't agree with it. There are a lot of residents around there and I hope they consult with them.
"Putting it in the tower doesn't destroy the health hazards. It will still have radiation coming out of it."
He added: "The need for money is up to the church.
"But it would be a shame if they put that before people in the area."
The vicar, the Rev Canon Peter Chicken, said he was aware it was a sensitive issue.
He said: "The church council gave it a great deal of thought and was unanimous in giving it approval.
"Having examined the facts we were convinced that the risks to health and safety were minute. We take our responsibilities to the community very seriously."
Mr Chicken said the church intends to use the income to further its work with children and young people in the parish.
He added that there will be no final decision on whether the project will go ahead for at least three months, and there will be an opportunity for concerns or objections to be heard.
Gloucester Echo. - 02 June 2005

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CHELTENHAM: NO MAST HERE!

Enforcement officers stepped in to stop mobile phone giant O2 working on a mast built in the wrong place in Warden Hill.
Residents bombarded Cheltenham Borough Council with complaints when they realised engineers were connecting the mast in Shurdington Road to the mains. In March, the borough council warned O2 it was building the mast in the wrong place, but work continued.
The installation is 9.5m closer to the bus stop than approved.
The company submitted a retrospective planning application and has been running the mast off a generator ever since.
But on Tuesday residents spotted workmen trying to connect the mast to mains electricity. They rang the council in their droves to complain.
Planning enforcement officers moved in at 4pm and told the workmen to stop.
Grahame Lewis, Cheltenham Borough Council's assistant director for the built environment, said: "Work has been halted until members of the planning committee have had an opportunity to decide upon the application.
"It's extremely annoying that the company has opted to undertake this work at this time, and we'll do all we can to make sure it complies with national policy.
"The company's regional headquarters will be contacted and advised of the council's very serious concerns regarding this action."
Paul Ryder, who lives opposite the mast in Hawkswood Road, said: "O2 has no planning permission. We didn't want the mast in the first place and now they've put it in the wrong place.
"The council needs to take a hard line. I guarantee if I put up a tree house across the road, the council would be on me like a tonne of bricks.
"I want the work stopped and the mast moved to its right place."
Neighbour Dawn Harris said: "It's disgraceful. I've just had an extension built and if I have to abide by planning regulations, why shouldn't O2?
"None of us wanted the mast but all we want is for them to play by the rules."
Angela Johnson, O2's community relation's manager, stood firm.
She said: "The planning authority was happy for us to put in a retrospective planning application and the enforcement officer has not issued any stop notice.
"As far as we're concerned, we're perfectly at liberty to continue work on the mast."
Gloucester Echo. - 02 June 2005
The Citizen Gloucestershire

Hampshire:
United Kingdom Created: 10 Jul 2005
POLICE TURN OUT IN FORCE IN WINCHESTER

The long-running Byron Avenue phone mast reached a dramatic climax yesterday when contractors arrived to erect the 12-metre mast in the leafy
Winchester cul-de-sac.
Residents, who have resisted telecom Orange for four and a half years, were shocked when heavy vehicles roared up the road accompanied by police.
“At one point there were twelve police officers,” said campaigner Karen Barratt.
“They even had a minibus parked outside the school.” Residents say that such a heavy presence, presumably to protect Orange contractors
against elderly residents and primary school children, was extraordinary given the demands being made on the force in the wake of the London bombings.

Campaigners, who sat on the site while a security fence was erected eventually left after being threatened with arrest.
“I feel sorry for the police in this situation,” said Karen Barratt.
“They would prefer to be getting on with their proper job of catching criminals but they have to follow orders from higher up.
These days policy is more in favour of looking after big companies than protecting communities.”

Orange took the decision to go ahead after Hampshire County Council refused to extinguish highway rights, which would have allowed
residents to take control of the tiny patch of land they have looked after for over thirty years.
“We were appalled by HCC’s decision,” said Caroline St. Leger Davey.
“They also promised to tell us the date when the mast erection would take place but did not do so.
In fact they didn’t notify anyone - not even the school.
It’s been a terrible shock to us all.”

The mast erection is likely to be completed today but given the twists and turns in the Byron Avenue saga so far, nobody is betting on
this being the end of the story.
Watch this space
Press release 12 July 2005
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WINCHESTER

Campaigners are incensed that the County’s legal department is recommending that the contract entered into with Chilbolton Avenue residents
Alan and Anne Saunders, be cancelled.
They also claim that the HCC Report shows total ignorance of the layout and history of the site, and that Cabinet members are being asked to make
a decision without visiting Byron Avenue.

“The officers seem to be pushing responsibility on to the Cabinet when what they should be doing is letting the matter go to the Magistrates Court as
originally agreed,” said Karen Barratt.
“I hope the councillors will realise that they are being asked to carry the can for the officers mishandling of this
application.”
CONTACTS
Karen Barratt tel: 01962 864388
Caroline St.Leger Davey tel: 01962 865716
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Land buy in doubt
Hampshire Chronicle
Campaigners battling to stop a mobile phone company erecting a mast on land near a Winchester school could have their plans to buy the land thwarted. Passions are already running high over the issue, but could get hotter if recommendations made by county council officers to block the purchase are
supported by councillors at next week's cabinet meeting on Monday
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Last week, the Hampshire Chronicle reported that the latest bid by campaigners, who have been fighting the mast for over four years,
was to buy the controversial patch of land in Byron Avenue.
Alan and Anne Saunders, who live in Chilbolton Avenue, next to the land, said their initial application to the council to gain legal rights had gone
smoothly and they had paid a £500 deposit. But they claimed the county had dragged its heels since over the
application and their inquiries about it had been ignored.
In the latest twist, supporters of the bid have been angered by news that the authority has been directed by officers to block the application
at Monday's specially-convened cabinet meeting. Karen Barratt, who has spearheaded the campaign against Orange's plans and will be speaking at
Monday's meeting, said: "I hope the cabinet will ignore this recommendation. "The points made in the officers' report all relate to maintaining an open aspect of the mast site. The fact that Orange is planning to erect a 12m mast there with a large equipment cabin seems to have escaped the council's notice."
Last week, a HCC spokesman said the matter was complicated because Orange had planning permission and that if the application went further, the
mobile phone giant would certainly "fight it".
The cabinet meeting on Monday will be in the main council chamber and will be open to the public.
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Today's press release 18 July 2005

FIFTH PHONE MAST VIGIL

After four and a half years of resistance, the first phase of the Byron Avenue phone mast battle ended last Wednesday when the 11.79 metre monopole was erected. The second phase of the campaign - to get the mast removed, begins this Wednesday when campaigner Karen Barratt holds her fifth twenty-four hour vigil on the site. She is asking everyone, who wishes to see Orange withdraw from Byron Avenue, to visit her anytime from noon on Wednesday 20 July to noon on Thursday 21 July and sign a message to the company’s Chief Executive.

Campaigners are proud that they have enabled so many children to complete their time at Western Primary School in a safe and secure environment but are worried about those who are still there. “My grandson attends the school and my little grand-daughter starts in September,” says Karen Barratt. “The Planning Inspector who gave Orange permission for this mast accepted that the beam of greatest intensity falls across the school. We have to continue this fight.” She is urging new parents to get involved in the campaign and says that moving children to other schools is no solution because the number of masts required for third generation phones means other schools are under similar threat.

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From Karen -
If you can visit the vigil we'll be glad to see you. If you can't, please send a message of support. Directions for anyone who can make it. (see below)

Today's press release 18 July 2005

FIFTH PHONE MAST VIGIL
After four and a half years of resistance, the first phase of the Byron Avenue phone mast battle ended last Wednesday when the 11.79 metre
monopole was erected. The second phase of the campaign - to get the mast removed, begins this Wednesday when campaigner Karen Barratt
holds her fifth twenty-four hour vigil on the site. She is asking everyone, who wishes to see Orange withdraw from Byron Avenue, to visit her
anytime from noon on Wednesday 20 July to noon on Thursday 21 July and sign a message to the company’s Chief Executive.

Campaigners are proud that they have enabled so many children to complete their time at Western Primary School in a safe and secure environment
but are worried about those who are still there. “My grandson attends the school and my little grand-daughter starts in September,” says Karen Barratt.
“The Planning Inspector who gave Orange permission for this mast accepted that the beam of greatest intensity falls across the school.
We have to continue this fight.”
She is urging new parents to get involved in the campaign and says that moving children to other schools is no solution because the number of masts
required for third generation phones means other schools are under similar threat.
END

How to get to Byron Avenue from the M3: Leave at Junction 11.
Follow the signs A3090 Romsey until second roundabout.
Turn RIGHT and follow signs to Winchester.
After two sets of lights, approach roundabout marked ‘All routes’.
Turn LEFT into Chilbolton Avenue and immediately RIGHT into Sarum Road.
First LEFT into Greenhill Road. Next LEFT into Milverton Road and almost immediately
EFT again into Poets Way (leading to Byron Avenue).
Alternatively, Google: ‘street maps SO22 5AT’.
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WINCHESTER
County blocks bid to buy phone mast land

A WINCHESTER couple say they will be reporting Hampshire County Council to the local government ombudsman over its decision to block their bid to buy a piece of land where a controversial phone mast is due to be sited.
Alan and Anne Saunders, who live in Chilbolton Avenue, are accusing the council of "mismanagement" of their application to buy the plot at Byron Avenue.
They want to know why, after accepting a £500 deposit, along with their formal request for legal rights over the land, the council "dragged its feet", notified phones giant, Orange, which has planning permission for a 39ft mast, and then decided, after all, not to sell it.
At a specially-convened meeting on Monday, cabinet members accepted the recommendation of Alison Quant, director of environment and head of corporate affairs, not to extinguish highways rights - and to refund the couple's deposit.
Mr Saunders, together with mast campaigners, Karen Barratt and Michael Etherington, spoke at the meeting.
They said the land was not used by pedestrians or cyclists as it was part of the verge and there was pavement in front of it.
They added that the land had been maintained by residents for nearly 30 years.
They pointed out that residents had planted on the land and it was used as a safe play area for children and was not in any way needed for high ways use.
Mr Saunders also added that should the land come into his possession there would be a legally binding covenant ensuring that no fencing would be erected on the site and nothing would be built there.
However, councillors thought the foliage was too overgrown and posed a risk to pedestrians and cyclists and the land should remain in council hands so that it could be maintained properly.
They also agreed with chief executive, Peter Robertson, that, should the land go to Mr Saunders, the county would have no control over it and would not be able to uphold any covenant agreement.
After the meeting Mrs Barratt said: "The decision is no surprise - we are used to being dismissed. Whatever they say about highways issues, we know councillors are nervous about what Orange might do and we're not giving up now."
Mr Saunders said: "It was ultimately predictable. They had a meeting two weeks ago which preempted this decision. It was just a democratic show. We are going to report them all to the ombudsman because of the way they proceeded with this.
"If we hadn't gone to the press, there would have been no meeting."
Mr Robertson said that it was Mrs and Mrs Saunders' right to report the council to the ombudsman if they so wished.
This is Hampshire
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Congleton:
Mast plan raises child cancer fear

Concern over children's health
Anxious residents in Congleton are urging the council to reject plans for a mobile telephone mast amid fears for children's health.
Concern is mounting that a built-up area heavily populated by young families could be dangerously exposed to radioactive emissions if a base
station earmarked for a site near the railway station gets the go-ahead.
Although experts have yet to find firm evidence linking telephone masts to illness, the CW12 residents group, which has carried out extensive
research examining the health risks posed by radioactivity, said that children were vulnerable to tumours and even cancer.
The health alert was sounded after telecommunications firm Vodafone confirmed it would be seeking planning permission in the coming weeks to install a
15m. mast and an equipment cabin outside the Railway Hotel on Biddulph Road.
It comes just months after a Government report advised against mobile 'phone masts being put up near schools.
This week, campaigners were planning to meet borough council leader Roland Domleo to inform him of the health risks involved.
Ian Hawkes, (60), who lives in nearby Fenton Close, has been looking into the effects of radiation on health for the past five years and has written a
booklet warning of the risks.
He said: "I am concerned over the effects the mast would have on the health of the children, as well as the rest of the residents in the neighbourhood.

Evidence
"There is more and more evidence to support D.N.A. damage, tumours, and non-benign cancer being caused. or at least aggravated by,
exposure to this type of radiation.
"It doesn't matter if it's high levels of exposure over a short time or low levels over a long time, in the end the result will be same."
Coun. Domleo vowed to "make sure every concern is considered", although he admitted he could not intervene with the planning procedure at this stage.
"I am surprised at the location of this site, which is why I want to make sure that every concern is fully considered," he said.
"It does concern me that there are people living very close to this site, particularly as health risks associated with telephone masts have not been confirmed
or totally denied."
In a statement, Vodafone said the development "would not have any significant impact on any residential dwellings".
Also responding to residents claims that the mast would be an "eyesore" and a "blight to the community", it added:
"Visual impact on the surrounding area has been kept to an absolute minimum and it is considered that an ultra slim line street works monopole will be an unobtrusive form on the existing land use."
Earlier this year widespread public concern prompted the Government to ask experts to investigate possible links between radiation exposure and illness.
The Independent Expert Group on Mobile 'Phones found from extensive research that children's developing nervous systems and thinner skulls made them
likely to be more vulnerable to exposure than adults.
The report, by board chairman Sir William Stewart, also cited E.U.-backed tests which showed radiation was able to damage D.N.A. in human cells
and a Swedish study linking long-term exposure to acoustic neuroma, a benign tumour deemed serious because of its positioning next to the brain.
Congleton, Cheshire www.beartown.co.uk 20.06.05
scotthesketh@chronicleseries.com
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WINCHESTER:
County blocks bid to buy phone mast land
A WINCHESTER couple say they will be reporting Hampshire County Council to the local government ombudsman over its decision to block
their bid to buy a piece of land where a controversial phone mast is due to be sited.
Alan and Anne Saunders, who live in Chilbolton Avenue, are accusing the council of "mismanagement" of their application to buy the
plot at Byron Avenue.
They want to know why, after accepting a £500 deposit, along with their formal request for legal rights over the land, the council "dragged its feet", notified phones giant, Orange, which has planning permission for a 39ft mast, and then decided, after all, not to sell it.
At a specially-convened meeting on Monday, cabinet members accepted the recommendation of Alison Quant, director of environment and head of corporate affairs, not to extinguish highways rights - and to refund the couple's deposit.
Mr Saunders, together with mast campaigners, Karen Barratt and Michael Etherington, spoke at the meeting.
They said the land was not used by pedestrians or cyclists as it was part of the verge and there was pavement in front of it.
They added that the land had been maintained by residents for nearly 30 years.
They pointed out that residents had planted on the land and it was used as a safe play area for children and was not in any way needed for
high ways use.
Mr Saunders also added that should the land come into his possession there would be a legally binding covenant ensuring that no fencing would be erected on the site and nothing would be built there.
However, councillors thought the foliage was too overgrown and posed a risk to pedestrians and cyclists and the land should remain in council
hands so that it could be maintained properly.
They also agreed with chief executive, Peter Robertson, that, should the land go to Mr Saunders, the county would have no control over it and
would not be able to uphold any covenant agreement.
After the meeting Mrs Barratt said: "The decision is no surprise - we are used to being dismissed. Whatever they say about highways issues,
we know councillors are nervous about what Orange might do and we're not giving up now."
Mr Saunders said: "It was ultimately predictable. They had a meeting two weeks ago which preempted this decision.
It was just a democratic show. We are going to report them all to the ombudsman because of the way they proceeded with this.
"If we hadn't gone to the press, there would have been no meeting."
Mr Robertson said that it was Mrs and Mrs Saunders' right to report the council to the ombudsman if they so wished.
This is Hampshire Date Published: Monday 20 June 2005
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WINCHESTER:
Mast protesters fail in bid to buy site
CAMPAIGNERS hoping to exploit a legal loophole in their fight against a Winchester phone mast have had their plans dashed by Hampshire County Council.
Alan and Anne Saunders, a city councillor, applied to buy the mast site in Byron Avenue and extinguish the highways rights.
That could have scuppered Orange's five-year struggle to erect the mast.
However, Mr and Mrs Saunders needed county council permission and its Cabinet yesterday blocked their move.
The Saunders, of Chilbolton Avenue, whose garden is next to the site, said after the meeting they would report the council to the ombudsman for mismanagement.
They said their initial application to gain legal rights had gone smoothly and they had paid a £500 deposit.
However, they claimed the county had since dragged its heels over the application and their inquiries had been ignored.
At the specially-convened meeting, Alison Quant, director of environment and head of corporate affairs, urged Cabinet members to make their decision on whether the council should retain the land purely on highways grounds.
Mr Saunders and fellow campaigners Karen Barrett and Michael Etherington, spoke at the meeting.
They argued the land was not used by pedestrians or cyclists as it was part of the verge and there was pavement in front of it. The land had been maintained by residents for nearly 30 years.
Mr Saunders added that should the land come into his possession there would be a legally-binding covenant ensuring that nothing would be built there.
Councillors thought that the foliage was too overgrown and posed a risk to pedestrians and cyclists and the land should remain in council hands so that it could be maintained properly.
Councillors agreed with chief executive Peter Robertson that should the land go to Mr Saunders, the county would have no control over it.
Councillors upheld the recommendation to refuse Mr Saunders' application to extinguish highways rights on the land and to reimburse the fee of £500 already paid.
After the meeting, Mrs Barrett said: "The decision is no surprise, we are used to being dismissed."
Mr Saunders said: "It was ultimately predictable. They had a meeting two weeks ago which pre-empted this decision. It was just a democratic show. We are going to report them all to the ombudsman because of the way they proceeded with this. If there was no media action there would have been no meeting."
Southampton Echo 14 06 05. Echo pictures by Stuart Martin.
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WINCHESTER:
Land buy in doubt

Campaigners battling to stop a mobile phone company erecting a mast on land near a Winchester school could have their plans to buy the land thwarted.
Passions are already running high over the issue, but could get hotter if recommendations made by county council officers to block the purchase are supported by councillors at next week's cabinet meeting on Monday (June 13).
Last week, the Hampshire Chronicle reported that the latest bid by campaigners, who have been fighting the mast for over four years, was to buy the controversial patch of land in Byron Avenue.
Alan and Anne Saunders, who live in Chilbolton Avenue, next to the land, said their initial application to the council to gain legal rights had gone smoothly and they had paid a £500 deposit.
But they claimed the county had dragged its heels since over the application and their inquiries about it had been ignored.
In the latest twist, supporters of the bid have been angered by news that the authority has been directed by officers to block the application at Monday's specially-convened cabinet meeting.
Karen Barratt, who has spearheaded the campaign against Orange's plans and will be speaking at Monday's meeting, said: "I hope the cabinet will ignore this recommendation.
"The points made in the officers' report all relate to maintaining an open aspect of the mast site. The fact that Orange is planning to erect a 12m mast there with a large equipment cabin seems to have escaped the council's notice."
Last week, a HCC spokesman said the matter was complicated because Orange had planning permission and that if the application went further, the mobile phone giant would certainly "fight it".
The cabinet meeting on Monday will be in the main council chamber and will be open to the public.
Hampshire Chronicle

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