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Wanstead and Woodford:'Cancer street' residents admit loss.
United Kingdom Created: 6 Jun 2005
AFTER almost four years of fighting, residents living in a street plagued by mobile phone masts admit that big business has finally won the day.
Carnarvon Road in South Woodford was dubbed 'cancer street' in 2001 as we revealed that five out of seven houses next to a mobile phone base station were homes to victims of the disease.
At the time there were 16 masts on the one station in Carnarvon Road, and an independent study revealed the street contained some of the worst microwave levels' of any street in the country.
However, another study in 2002 said that radiation emissions in Carnarvon Road were below Government guidelines.
In May, 2003, three more masts were erected on the Forest House site after a Bristol-based planning inspectorate overturned Redbridge Council's decision to veto the plans. But physicist Dr Peter Wright, who lives in the road and who has in the past helped the cancer victims in their battle against the phone giants, this week reluctantly admitted the companies may have finally won the day.
He said: "It's very sad to say, but we have all but given up the ghost now.
"Sadly everyone these days seems to want a mobile phone. Mobile phone masts are popping up everywhere, the Government earns massive revenue from the industry and the companies are now global.
"Unfortunately, it seems that big business has won the day," he added. Another resident Constance Nash, who is waiting for the all-clear after a fight against breast cancer, feared her disease may have been linked to the masts some of which have been in the street for 20 years. This week, the 84-year-old admitted that she too was getting fed up with the situation and couldn't campaign against the companies any more.
The Government received an instant £22.5bn from selling third generation (3G) licences, and the tax from phone companies is now worth more than £1bn per year.
A statement from watchdog PowerWatch said: "They're promoting mobile communications and have made it very difficult for local planning authorities to refuse mast applications."
Ilford North MP Lee Scott has spoken in the House of Commons and signed an early day motion calling on the Government to give more power to local authorities when it comes to rejecting mast applications. He said it was wrong that masts could still not be rejected purely on health grounds.
Dr Wright added: "It's just like smoking. By the time everyone finds out about the dangers people are already doing it. We should change the health grounds law but it seems it is too late."
By Charlie Stong. Wanstead and Woodford Guardian
cstong@london.newsquest.co.uk
Sunday 12th June 2005

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Ilford North: Phone mast laws ‘must change’
NEW Ilford North MP Lee Scott has called on the Government to give local councils more freedom in deciding the fate of mobile phone masts.
Mr Scott last week backed a House of Commons motion calling for health grounds to be taken into account when antennae are planned near homes, schools and hospitals.
At present there is still very little leeway for councils to refuse masts. Currently, they can only refuse applications if they are within conservation areas or motorists' sight lines and causing a safety risk.
A Dutch study in 2003 showed that people exposed to radio-frequency waves, similar to those given out by some Third Generation (3G) masts, suffered reactions which could lead to health problems.
And the Government has now commissioned a study to examine whether the number of masts can be reduced by firms sharing them.
However, a study produced last year by the Advisory Group on Non-ironising Radiation (AGNIR) concluded that exposure levels to mobile phone masts were unlikely to pose a health risk.
Mr Scott said it was important that the fate of individual cases was left with councillors at a local level. He said: "Currently mobile phone mast applications cannot be rejected on health grounds and I think that is wrong. I believe the burden of proof should be on the mobile phone companies to prove they are safe, not on the residents and local authorities to prove they are unsafe."
Mobile phone masts have proved a bone of contention in recent years in Wanstead and Woodford.
In January last year the Wanstead and Woodford Guardian reported how hundreds of residents had united in their fight against phone masts, a move that was sparked after a planned antenna in High Road, Woodford Green.
Then, in February this year, a campaign started against a 3G transmitter just 150 yards from Oakdale Infants and Junior School in Woodville Road, South Woodford.
Another campaign was launched last week over plans for a mast near Snaresbrook Primary School.
But the most alarming case is that of Carnarvon Road, Woodford Green.
In 2001 the Guardian reported that out of seven houses next to a mobile phone station in Carnarvon Road, five were home to cancer victims. Mr Scott added: "As it stands, local authorities have little control over the granting or refusing of masts and this has to change."
Wanstead and Woodford Guardian
By Charlie Stong
cstong@london.newsquest.co.uk
Saturday 4th June 2005

Here is one we all need to see: Holland: Dutch Judge thinks radiation of 3G-mast could possibly be harmful
United Kingdom Created: 6 Jun 2005
June 5, 2005 - A judge of the court of Almelo (The Netherlands) has rejected the demands of Vodafone Libertel, a provider of mobile telephone services. The judge said it is not beyond doubt that the radiation of a planned 3G-mast does not affect the well-being and health of people living and working in the vicinity. A standard procedure should give the answer.

The municipality of Haaksbergen gave a permit on Nov. 2, 2004 to Vodafone Libertel to build a 37,5 metre mast for mobile telephone antennas. But people living and working in the area raised strong objections. The local council decided, no masts were allowed in the vicinity of homes, until the uncertainty about the health effects is taken away. Therefore, on April 26, 2005 the municipality has withdrawn the permit. On May 9 Vodafone asked the judge to suspend this withdrawal. The judge decided on May 24.

The consideration of the municipality was, that the well-being and health interests of the people living and working in the vicinity is more important than the wish of Vodafone to cover the area by 3G-technology. Their legal adviser Paul Baakman (www.bawa.nl) called upon the precautionary principle, given by article 174 of the European Treaty. This principle has been agreed at the conference of Rio in 1992, concerning the environment. "Electrosmog is a problem of health and environment", said Baakman. Vodafone however stated, that 3G-antennas do not have noticeable negative effects on the health of these people, according to jurisprudence. The provider says the withdrawal of the permit is insufficiently motivated.

The judge said the suspension of the withdrawal could not be the same as the revival of the permit. To revive the permit would be a bridge too far, since it is not certain and beyond doubt that the withdrawal will not stand in a standard procedure. Moreover the consequences could be irreversible. The withdrawal can be questioned, but a standard procedure should give the answer.

There is no appeal to this verdict. Vodafone has to wait for the standard procedure. In the meantime the people living and working in the vicinity of the planned 3G-mast, the local council and the municipality of Haaksbergen have to develop convincing proof of the harmfulness of the radiation to their well-being, health and environment.

Sources in Dutch:
http://www.stopumts.nl/doc.php/Artikelen/381
http://www.stopumts.nl/doc.php/Artikelen/382
http://www.tctubantia.nl/regioportal/TC/1,1478,1654-zoeken-Zoeken!!__2727983_,00.html?ArchiefID=2727983


Dedridge, West Lothian: West Lothian phone mast plea rejected
United Kingdom Created: 6 Jun 2005
PLANS to erect a 45ft-tall telephone mast at the TA centre in Dedridge, West Lothian, have been thrown out by a council sub-committee.
Councillor Lawrence Fitzpatrick told the committee that emissions from the mast would fall on the grounds of the adjacent James Young High School.
The committee rejected Vodafone's plea that the greatest concentration from the mast would not fall on the school.
Committee convener Alex Davidson said: "A cautionary approach is very important."

Chichester: Moans over mast plan
United Kingdom Created: 6 Jun 2005
Chichester Observer

Plans for a mobile phone mast on the edge of Oaklands Park, Chichester, have run into strong opposition from city councillors, concerned about the impact on the historic city conservation area.
A final decision on the Airwave 02 proposals will be taken by the district council, and the city's planning and conservation committee is calling for them to be thrown out.

The scheme has also already provoked protests from some nearby residents.

Planning permission is being sought to build the 22.5m mast at Chichester Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, in Oaklands Way.

Full report in the June 2 issue of the Chichester Observer

Ossett. Wakefield: Protest over phone mast
United Kingdom Created: 6 Jun 2005
Wakefield news
RESIDENTS are kicking up a storm about a football club's plan to site a mobile phone mast close to an infant school.
Anger about the T-Mobile mast proposed by Ossett Albion FC at its Dimplewells Road site is so strong that locals have formed a pressure group to fight the plans.
Ossett Residents Against Mobile Masts hope to present a petition of 500 signatures to the planning department to stop the mast, which, if erected, would be 200 metres from Dimple Well Infant School.
Group member Claire Wilby, of Dimple Gardens, said: “Local residents are not happy about this. We don’t want it so close to a school or to our homes.
“The government doesn’t know if there are risks involved with these masts and if they can’t rule out dangers, how do we know if the children are going to be safe?”
So far, the group has collected around 200 names. Claire said: “We are not going to give up, even if this plan is prevented. The company will just apply somewhere else and no-one should have to live in the shadow of one of these things.”
Stuart Garside, vice chairman of the club, based at Ossett Cricket and Athletic Club, said the safe positioning of the mast had always been a priority.
He said: “T-Mobile wanted to put the mast near the entrance of the cricket club grounds but I said no because I wanted it to be as far away as possible from the school and any houses.
“People who object to the siting of masts will almost certainly have a mobile phone of their own. They would not be able to use them if there were no masts.
“We are not doing this to antagonise people, we are doing it to help keep the club afloat.”
03 June 2005

Inverurie.Garioch: O2 Must Look For New Site
United Kingdom Created: 6 Jun 2005
By John Sorrie - john.sorrie@inverurieherald.com
AN application for the siting of a mobile phone mast at Burghmuir Place, Inverurie by O2 (UK) Ltd was refused by Garioch Councillors at their meeting on Tuesday (May 31).
The application was previously before the Garioch Area Committee on Tuesday, April 19 but a decision was deferred to allow discussion to take place between planners and the applicant to look at an alternative site away from residential areas.
Ten further sites were considered and planners expressed a preference for one of these sites. However, O2 assessed the options and found that none were suitable.
The application submitted was to provide O2 3G mobile phone coverage in the northern part of Inverurie. The proposed mast would have been 17.5 metres high — approximately 52.5 feet — with six antennas and two transmission dishes. Two equipment cabins would have been within the mast site.
A number of objections from members of the public were received mainly focusing on the possible health issues related to mobile phone masts. Many objectors felt that the mast site was too close to residential areas and was also close to a public park. It was also suggested that there are many wide open spaces in the area where the mast could be situated. The proposal also met with opposition from Inverurie Community Council.
In a letter to the committee, one Nether Blackhall resident said: “According to European Legislation of March 10 1999 ‘People should be protected from potentially harmful long term effects of electromagnetic fields generated by these transmitters’.”
Provost Raymond Bisset commented: “This is a very difficult situation — would we, for example, be happy to have a mast on top of Gordon House? It would probably be a very suitable location. I think we need to look to see if there are other masts in the area and if we can combine them in one location.”
On the issue of public health, Newmachar and Fintray councillor Martin Ford commented that the matter before the committee was a planning one and that it was not up to the committee to debate public health.
He referred to the report before the committee which said: “The Scottish Executive has concluded that it is not necessary for planning authorities to treat radio frequency emissions as a material consideration in dealing with planning applications for radio masts.
“National Planning Policy Guidelines emphasise there is no need for planning authorities to consider power outputs [of radio transmitters] in determining planning applications, since it is clearly the responsibility of the Scottish Executive and the UK government to decide on what measures are required to protect public health from potential radiation hazards.”
Inverurie North councillor Michael Raeburn added: “It is my choice to carry a mobile phone. If we allow the mast in this site we have given local residents no choice.”
The application was recommended for approval by planners but the committee went to the vote. The decision was taken to refuse the application on the basis that other alternative sites exist.

Saughall. Chester: DELIGHT AS PHONE MAST BATTLE IS WON
United Kingdom Created: 6 Jun 2005
DETERMINED residents have won their battle against plans to build a mobile phone mast in the heart of their community.

Mobile phone operator Hutchinson 3G proposed to build a 15-metre mast within K’s Nursery, Parkgate Road, Saughall.
But the plans angered nearby residents, who believed that on top of alleged health risks, such a proposal would also have a severe impact on the value of their property.
They twice took to the street outside the proposed site in a bid to get the plans shelved.
And in a move that delighted them, planning officers at Chester City Council also objected.
Obtrusive
A spokesman said: “We objected to the plans, which is as good as a refusal. It is thought it would adversely affect the green belt and lead to loss of residential amenities. It was considered visually obtrusive.”
Campaigners welcomed the news. Parkgate Road resident Elaine Cowell said: “I am very, very pleased. We would have been very worried about our health if it had gone ahead.
“We don’t care if we don’t have a signal. We can all use landlines. Let’s just hope they do not win on appeal.”
K’s Nursery owner Richard Kunze, who had given the plans his blessing, said he did not wish to make a comment at this time.
A spokesman for Hutchinson 3G said: “We have received notification of the planning officer objection and are in the process of reviewing any future action.”

Time row in school mast bid Jun 1 2005

By Neil Elkes, Evening Mail Birmingham

Burley-in-Wharfedale. Bradford: Mast objection catch 22 for residents of Burley
United Kingdom Created: 6 Jun 2005
Ilkley Gazette
Plans to site a phone mast opposite a Burley-in-Wharfedale housing estate are meeting with opposition from local people.
Residents of the Sandholme estate are said to be in a state of shock after discovering the plan for a strip of land opposite their homes.
And they claim they are in a catch 22 situation after being told they are not allowed to object on health grounds.
T Mobile has submitted a prior notification of the installation of a 15m mast with antennae, transmission dish and radio equipment at land north of Langroyd, on Bradford Road.
And local people have been told they have until Saturday, June 4, to get their views across.
Brian Garlick, who lives on Bradford Road "virtually next door" to the proposed site said he was one of just a handful of neighbours who received official notification of the plan from Bradford Council.
He now wants to make sure all the local residents are made aware of the application before the deadline passes.
He said: "It is absolutely shocking that this is planned for a thin strip of land opposite a housing estate. Everyone I have spoken to is in a state of shock really"
Mr Garlick said he was concerned about the possible health risks, and he argued that the mast should be sited away from housing estates - preferably in a position with fields on both sides of the road.
He stressed: "There are mixed feelings from the experts, and until we absolutely know for sure we should err on the side of caution."
But he added: "If they are blasé enough to build next to schools what hope is there."
Mr Garlick claims many people in Burley are unaware of the plan or unsure of the proposed location.
He stressed: "I want to raise people's awareness on this issue. It is not just a rumour anymore - it is actually happening.
Mr Garlick says he has been told the council's planning department can only consider objections on planning grounds such as car parking and traffic - and that objections on health grounds will not be valid.
He stressed: "What annoys me is that they say you cannot argue about it on the grounds of health - but as we have tried to point out they are the very grounds everyone wants to oppose it on. It is like a catch 22 situation."
His neighbour Dr Barbara Metcalfe is objecting to the plan on the grounds of traffic problems and safety.
Dr Metcalfe, a research biologist, said it was already extremely difficult and potentially dangerous to turn onto Bradford Road from the Sandholme estate. She believes this problem will be exacerbated by the siting of a mast on the corner.
She said: "Anything that is put on the bend of the road will obstruct the view. It is hellish getting out onto Bradford Road already."
Burley Community Council Chairman Bruce Speed said BCC was aware of the proposed mast and its exact position was being checked.
He added: "Our view is that it should not be immediately opposite the end of Sandholme Drive , because of the traffic danger from its layby when service vehicles are parked. It should be at the North end of the Staithe away from the junction."
He added: "It would have been better on the existing mast on the old Otley Road, shared with the existing user, but we heard that had been rejected."
Mr Garlick is asking anyone who wants to comment on the plan to write to the Senior planner Martynn Burke, at Ilkley Town Hall, Ilkley LS29 8HB, or e-mail martyn.burke@bradford.gov.uk.
The application number is 05/03123/PNT.

Great Bedwyn. Malborough: Protests aired on phone mast
United Kingdom Created: 6 Jun 2005
Malborough Herald
A PROPOSED mobile phone transmitter on the edge of Great Bedwyn would be too close to the school, protesters are telling Kennet district councillors.
Newbury-based Vodaphone Ltd is seeking planning consent for a telecommunications base station at Wansdyke Crossing in the parish of Little Bedwyn.
When the report by Kennet planning officers to members of its regulatory committee was prepared ahead of their meeting next Thursday, no reaction had been received from Little Bedwyn Parish Council.
However, neighbouring Great Bedwyn Parish Council has lodged an objection saying the transmitter with its 50ft mast would be too close to Great Bedwyn village school and contravene Government guidelines.
The school has lodged its own objection and nine other letters of protest have been received.
More than 70 per cent of parents and staff had objected when Vodaphone consulted the school.
Kennet officers are telling members that the Government recommendation is that the planning system is not the place for determining health safeguards and they have recommended approval of the plans.

Cowbridge: MP sympathises with fears over plans to expand mast
United Kingdom Created: 6 Jun 2005
Cowbridge Today
ARGUMENTS over the siting of equipment for the new 3G telecommunication equipment continue to rage, and residents at The Heathers are angry about plans for the base station in the grounds of Barry College. Now, Vale MP John Smith has met with the residents to show his support for their campaign. He told The GEM: “My sympathies and concerns are with the residents who have already had to endure the siting of a mast in their midst. “I have lodged an objection in respect of the visual amenity of the site. I am aware that there are planning guidelines in place that permit this sort of development, but it is up to local planning authorities to take into account the fears and concerns of residents.” He added: “I will be writing to the mobile phone companies to make them aware of my concerns.” The battle lines remain between the companies, who say that they are operating well within safety margins - and opponents who claim that there is fresh scientific evidence casting doubt on the safety of masts. A spokesperson for Orange said: “It has been a long-standing Government policy objective to encourage telecommunications operators, wherever possible, to share masts and sites as a means of reducing overall mast numbers. “The reality is that the local community want to use mobile phones, and without masts the phones won’t work”. O2 and Vodaphone are proposing to site their equipment on the Orange-owned base station, after protestors opposed the erection of masts at Severn Avenue and Bryn Hafren comprehensive school. The spokesman added: “Orange is aware of the anxiety the proposals are causing in the area and is planning to hold a drop-in session to discuss residents' concerns.” Mrs Angie Homer, a spokesperson for the residents at The Heathers, claimed that scientists were warning that the microwaves emitted by a 3G mast were “chronic invisible stressors that have the same adverse effects on the body as being continuously exposed to loud noise.” She claimed that existing guidelines did not take this into account.” She added: “We really don't know what the impact of this radiation is going to be or what it is going to be like after 10-20 years of regular use.”

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