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Trowbridge: PROTESTERS WIN FIGHT OVER MOBILE MAST

Mobile phone mast protesters are celebrating after persuading a mobile phone company to drop controversial plans to site a mast at a residential location
in Trowbridge. Mobile phone giant O2 has bowed to pressure from College Estate Residents' Association to find an alternative site for the mast,
which was set for the corner of College Road and Willow Grove.
Although planning permission had been granted for the project, residents kept up the pressure on O2 and a compromise has now been reached.
The telecommunications company has agreed not to place the equipment on the street corner, which is next to a block of flats for the elderly.
Instead, it is submitting a planning application to have the mast installed on the roof of the Edington Building at nearby Wiltshire College.
The change of heart has come after members of the residents' association and Cllr Sarah Content met company officials to express their concerns.
Residents complained the original proposed site was close to many homes and primary schools.
Association chairman Derek Adams said he was delighted at the outcome.
"I think everyone will be very pleased about this change of heart," he said.
"A lot of people found it very worrying to have a mast so close to home. I have to thank everyone who supported us, signed the petition and turned
up at a public meeting to discuss this."
The association is poised to formally back O2's alternative proposals at its next meeting.
Cllr Jeff Osborn, who represents the Trowbridge College ward on West Wiltshire District Council, said: "It is really good to see that a suitable
compromise seems to be close now. Everyone has behaved responsibly and they have listened to each other. I am delighted."
Cllr Content, who also represents Trowbridge College, said: "Telecommunication masts are becoming increasingly contentious due to confusion
and uncertainty about possible health risks from the Government and independent research groups."
Bath Chronicle. - 25 May 2005

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Marlborough Mast Appeal Allowed by Inspector

A very black day for the town of Marlborough in Wiltshire.
After many years of fighting two inappropriate 3g mast developments for Crown Castle in the centre of Marlborough's residential area, one man,
Inspector Ces Cunningham, has decided that they pose no risk to our health and that they will not detract from the Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty (ANOB). Nor apparently, will it have any impact on the Listed Buildings and Conservation area that they will be built next to.
What is wrong with the democratic process in this country?
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Protesters force rethink

PRESSURE from electors has forced members of Pewsey Parish Council to reconsider its position over plans for a mobile phone mast on
the village soccer field.
More than 50 villagers attended the parish council meeting on Tuesday and their delight was obvious when the council agreed to think again.
The council owns the soccer ground between the High Street and Ball Road and in the past agreed to allow the Pewsey Vale Football Club
to sub-let the site following an approach by service provider O2, who wanted to put up a phone mast.
The deal would be worth £80,000 to the club over 20 years.
However, the parish council objected to initial plans for the 17 metre mast and it was turned down by Kennet District Council.
This week an appeal by O2 was dismissed by the planning inspectorate on the grounds that other possible sites around the village needed more evaluation.
But even before the appeal decision was announced, O2 had submitted plans for a taller mast on the site.
Objectors, fearing possible health risks to children playing near the mast, felt the parish council had let them down by agreeing that the site
could be sub-let.
On Tuesday there were allegations from some villagers that the councillors had failed to represent the views of the electorate.
Councillors agreed to re-debate whether the soccer club can sub-let to O2. Its planning committee will discuss the mast application on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the parish offices.
Wiltshire Gazette and Herald 21.07.05

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Pewsey
02 bombarding Wiltshire site

Phone mast campaigners gear up for second battle
CAMPAIGNERS against a mobile phone mast on a sports ground in Pewsey have been horrified to learn of a new application for an even taller
transmitter.
They are pinning their hopes of defeating the mast plans on the parish council that owns the soccer ground between Ball Road and the High Street.
On Tuesday the parish council will be discussing whether it should allow its tenant, Pewsey Vale FC, to let O2 put up a mast at the soccer ground.
The soccer club stands to gain £80,000 over 20 years if it allows the mast. However, objectors say the football club is only a tenant and that the parish council should have the final say.
They also argue that covenants restricting the use of the land to sport and recreation imposed when the parish council acquired the land in 1949
from the former Pewsey Rural District Council still apply.
A previous planning application for an O2 mast on the ground was refused by Kennet District Council and is subject of an appeal.
This week campaigners learned O2 has submitted a new planning application for slightly taller mast.
Petitions have been circulating in Pewsey urging the parish council to stick by the covenants. Campaigners are urging villagers to attend Tuesday's
parish council meeting, at 7.30pm in the Bouverie Hall, when O2's plan will be discussed.
Gazette and Herald Wiltshire 14.07.05
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Ilkley:
Why a whole lot of new masts are lining up? Because of Government interference and a council not considering people
Council bows to operators because of Appeal, and Phone mast approved despite objections

A controversial plan to erect a mobile phone mast within 170 metres of Great Bedwyn Primary School has been approved despite concerns about the children's health. Vodafone's telecommunications base station at Wansdyke Crossing in Little Bedwyn will be the fourth mast within 400 metres of the school.
The regulatory committee of Kennet District Council approved the application by seven votes to five after hearing that a recent Appeal Court
decision meant that the telecom giants would almost certainly win any appeal against refusal.
Gordon Stone, chairman of Great Bedwyn parish council, told the meeting last Thursday that there was grave concern because the site was so close to the school and there were already three masts within 400 metres.
He said that a report into the health dangers of mobile phone masts by a committee led by Sir William Stewart had recommended that masts
should not be erected within 400m of schools.
Coun Rosemary Cummins, the member for Bedwyn, not only stressed the health dangers, but was also incredulous that Vodafone was
planning to erect the mast so close to the Wansdyke.
She said the mast was likely to damage a national historic monument and that Vodafone had "completely disregarded the historic importance
of the site."
Mike Wilmott, Kennet's chief planning officer, said that the mast was not going to be placed on the Wansdyke itself but close to it.
He also said that, if the applicants were able to prove that the mast's emissions were within safety guidelines, the council would be laughed
out of court at any appeal.
Committee chairman Coun John Booth said that he would be more sympathetic to the protesters if children were banned from having mobiles,
which had far higher emissions than masts .
The council's legal officer Mike Rowan said that a recent Appeal Court decision had found in favour of masts and the council would lose with
substantial costs in the event of an appeal.
Marlborough Gazette and Herald. Date Published: Thursday 16 June 2005
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Trowbridge. Bath: 02 beaten off for now as PROTESTERS WIN FIGHT OVER MOBILE MAST

Mobile phone mast protesters are celebrating after persuading a mobile phone company to drop controversial plans to site a mast at a residential
location in Trowbridge. Mobile phone giant O2 has bowed to pressure from College Estate Residents' Association to find an alternative site for the mast,
which was set for the corner of College Road and Willow Grove.
Although planning permission had been granted for the project, residents kept up the pressure on O2 and a compromise has now been reached.
The telecommunications company has agreed not to place the equipment on the street corner, which is next to a block of flats for the elderly.
Instead, it is submitting a planning application to have the mast installed on the roof of the Edington Building at nearby Wiltshire College.
The change of heart has come after members of the residents' association and Cllr Sarah Content met company officials to express their concerns.
Residents complained the original proposed site was close to many homes and primary schools.
Association chairman Derek Adams said he was delighted at the outcome.
"I think everyone will be very pleased about this change of heart," he said.
"A lot of people found it very worrying to have a mast so close to home.
I have to thank everyone who supported us, signed the petition and turned up at a public meeting to discuss this."
The association is poised to formally back O2's alternative proposals at its next meeting.
Cllr Jeff Osborn, who represents the Trowbridge College ward on West Wiltshire District Council, said:
"It is really good to see that a suitable compromise seems to be close now. Everyone has behaved responsibly and they have listened to each other.
I am delighted."
Cllr Content, who also represents Trowbridge College, said: "Telecommunication masts are becoming increasingly contentious due to
confusion and uncertainty about possible health risks from the Government and independent research groups."
Bath Chronicle - 25 May 2005

Worcestershire:
United Kingdom Created: 5 Jul 2005
Bromsgrove: Protest over phone mast

PARENTS worried about the effects a mobile phone mast may have on their children's health took to the streets to highlight their campaign to have it resited.
T-mobile wants to put up a 12-metre high mast, disguised as a telegraph pole, near a filling station on the brow of Old Birmingham Road.
The site is just 70 metres from Rhymes Nursery.
The toddlers' parents are not happy about the plan and last Friday Bromsgrove's MP Julie Kirkbride joined in their protest.
Residents and parents have previously met with representatives from the phone company to voice their fears over the long-term health risks
from the mast.
Then it was agreed that T-mobile would look at alternative sites suggested by residents.
Miss Kirkbride said: "I really would appeal to T-mobile to reconsider the location.
This is a purpose-built nursery offering first-class facilities. If mobile phone companies have a policy of not locating masts near schools,
they should apply that policy to nurseries."
Beacon Labour county councillor Peter McDonald, who originally took up the residents' concerns, also urged the company to give serious
thought to the residents' pleas.
"I sincerely hope they heed the genuine concerns many people have. If parents remove their children because of the mast it could have serious
consequences for the nursery," he said.
Parent Mark Bromhall's comment was typical of many. He said: "Our children should be protected.
Asbestos and smoking were once considered safe.
It takes a long time for the effects to become known."
John Shaughnessy, a spokesman for T-mobile, said his company is currently examining the eight alternative locations suggested by residents
and parents to see if they are suitable from a point of view of access and network coverage.
This is Bromsgrove 19.07.05
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Dudley: Another MP calling for changes,

Calls for tougher stance on masts

Mobile phone masts should be subject to stricter planning laws to stop them being built outside schools and houses, the MP for Dudley North has said.
Ian Austin wants the government to bring in extra safeguards for towers planned near schools, homes and medical centres.
He also wants fears over possible health concerns addressed.
Under current planning legislation they can only turned down by local councils if masts are considered to have a detrimental impact, either visually
or if they affect an area economically by reducing property prices. Authorities cannot currently turn down applications on health grounds.
Mr Austin launched his campaign after hearing that mobile phone giants T-Mobile and Vodafone had submitted applications to build masts near to
houses on Setton Road, in Sedgley, and opposite Bramford Primary School, on Tipton Road, in Dudley.
Mr Austin said he shared residents' concerns over the masts and that he wanted to find a solution to the problem that councils have with
planning applications.
The MP said: "Residents in Woodsetton and at Milking Bank are very concerned about the proposed new masts.
"I am on their side, I understand their concerns and have received hundreds of responses to lend weight to my call for the council to sling these
applications out.
"But I want to find a permanent solution to the problem too, which is why I'm campaigning in Parliament for stricter planning laws and extra safeguards
near schools, homes and medical facilities."
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Kidderminster:
Residents in mast victory

VICTORIOUS residents are celebrating after persuading councillors to throw out plans for a third mobile phone mast close to their homes.
Several hundred people mounted a forceful campaign against their neighbourhood, around Stourport Road, being turned into a "dumping ground for masts."
This week, the district council's planning development control committee voted against an officer's recommendation for approval and refused the bid by
02 to build a 15m mast behind Charlie Brown's Autos, off Lisle Avenue.
Protest co-ordinator, Anita Gallagher, of Communities Against Mobile Masts, said residents were "overjoyed" by the decision and she thanked all those involved.
More than 100 protest letters, a 635-named petition and postcards with pictures showing how residents felt the area had already been blighted by a Vodafone mast in the same location had been sent to councillors.
Mrs Gallagher, whose home in Hospital Lodge is 130m from the site, said: "We are not a dumping ground for mobile masts."
Kiddermister Shuttle
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Droitwich
Mobile phone mast go-ahead on appeal

PLANNING bosses have given the green light to a controversial mobile phone mast despite strong opposition in Droitwich Spa.
An application by Hutchison 3G for permission to erect the mast on the Yew Tree Hill water tower had originally been refused by Wychavon District Council because of its visual impact.
But now planners have said the scheme can go ahead after the company appealed to the Planning Inspectorate, based in Bristol.
Inspectors decided the site satisfies the Government guidelines, and although they were aware of a number of concerns regarding the health effects of the masts, it is the view of the Government that the planning system is not the place for determining health safeguards.
Senior planning officer for Wychavon District Council, Robert Peel said: "Planning officers originally recommended permission be granted because it complied with planning laws but councillors on the planning committee chose to refuse the application, as is their right."
Droitwich Spa Town Council, which is not the planning authority but makes recommendations to the district council, has a policy of recommending refusal of 3G phone masts until more is known about health implications.
The tower is already used as a site for several companies' mobile phone masts but this scheme will be its first 3G mast.
Mayor Richard Morris said: "I feel our planning laws are very outdated if they do not allow us to consider the health and wellbeing of the people in our town as well as the volume of mobile communications on one site.
"I urge people to write to the Deputy Prime Minister and ask for a significant change in the planning laws so they more effectively consider people and not big business."
A spokesman for Hutchison 3G said all their base stations had been shown to work well within the radiation protection guidelines and overall evidence suggested they were unlikely to pose a risk to health.
Droitwich Star Advertiser

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Warndon Villages: Worcester:
A 32 feet high mobile phone mast could be installed in a residential Worcester street.
Planners at the city council are considering whether phone firm O2 should be allowed to build the mast on the west side of Woodgreen Drive,
opposite Dugdale Drive, in Warndon Villages.
Worcester Evening News. 130605

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Tolladine. Worcester

OBJECTORS have lost their battle to prevent a mobile phone mast from being erected in Worcester.
At a Worcester City Council's planning committee meeting yesterday, members voted in favour of the Vodafone mast, at Tolladine Golf Course, after hearing that they could not justify refusing it on safety grounds.
They were told by planning manager Peter Yates that the 18m mast, which would be sited 200m away from the nearest house met national and international safety guidelines.
"This meets the safety standards very generously," he said.
"YOU GET THAT AMOUNT OF RADIATION FROM A STEAM IRON - it is well within the Government guidelines."
The mast will be disguised as a tree will be placed within a row of existing conifer trees.
Objector Gerard Foster, of Home Meadow in Warndon Villages said: "We question the effectiveness of the disguise.
"You must consider the health risks."
The application was passed on the grounds that a generator would only be used as a back-up in the case of a power cut and that equipment on the mast and ground must be effectively disguised.
Worcester Evening News: 11 March 2005

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Warndon Villages. Worcester.

Our kids are at risk from mast
PARENTS close to a golf course where there are plans to build a mobile phone mast say they are worried about the effect it could have on their children's health.
Mother-of-two Cathy Foster, of Cover Green, Warndon Villages, says she would consider moving home if the mast went up on Tolladine Golf Course.
She and her neighbours are going to raise objections at Worcester City Council's planning meeting.
Mrs Foster, who has two children, aged 10 months and three-and-a-half years, says the proximity of the proposed mast made her fear for the future for them and other children in the area.
"There are just too many uncertainties," she said.
"It's not just the health risk but I'm sure it would devalue the house, too.
"The mast is going to be only about 250 metres from my house and I just don't want my kids to be guinea pigs in this kind of experiment.
"Perhaps there's no conclusive body of evidence at the moment to say what dangers there are but I don't want my kids to be placed in any danger, especially when they are still so young and vulnerable."
As reported in last week's Evening News, Vodafone has applied for permission to build the mast on the course disguised as a fir tree.
"We well understand that people do have concerns about health but all our masts comply with stringent international guidelines," said spokeswoman for Vodafone Jane Frapwell.
"We do want to protect all sectors of the public, whether they are one metre away from the mast or 1,000 metres away.
"These are World Health Organisation guidelines and they say there are no adverse health effects if these guidelines are met."
But Warndon Parish (South) City Councillor Lucy Hodgson said she supported residents' objections.
"The residents from Cover Green are extremely unhappy about the proposed mast for Vodafone on the golf course," she said.
"I am fully backing their campaign and will be objecting to the mast.
"We are getting letters written to the planning department but would like to alert as many people in the surrounding area as possible that this mast is being proposed," she added.
Worcester Evening News 16 February 2005

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Tolladine. Worcester.

A SECOND mobile phone mast is likely to be put up on Tolladine Golf Course.
Vodafone has put in a planning application for a mast disguised as a fir tree to improve its mobile coverage.
It follows criticisms the company received from the city council after it put up a temporary mast without planning permission last year.
Residents in The Fairway, off Tolladine Road, complained because the mast was not disguised and needed a noisy generator to power it.
But the new mast will be some way from homes and disguised as a tree - although it will have a standby generator that will reach 60 decibels at night.
A similar mast, put up by mobile phone company 3, has been on the course for two years.

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Second mobile phone mast for golf course on the cards
A SECOND mobile phone mast is likely to be put up on Tolladine Golf Course.
Vodafone has put in a planning application for a mast disguised as a fir tree to improve its mobile coverage.
*** It follows criticisms the company received from the city council after it put up a temporary mast without planning permission last year.
Residents in The Fairway, off Tolladine Road, complained because the mast was not disguised and needed a noisy generator to power it.
But the new mast will be some way from homes and disguised as a tree - although it will have a standby generator that will reach 60 decibels at night.
A similar mast, put up by mobile phone company 3, has been on the course for two years.
Floodgates:
Warndon Parish Council raised no objection to the latest plans, although member Frank Lauriello warned that it could set a precedent.
"This could open the floodgates so there could be more up there before long.
"What if Orange, for example, comes along and wants to put up a mast?
"It's very important that these things stay in keeping with the environment."
***A temporary mast, on the back of a trailer, was put up last November under cover of darkness prompting what
Worcester City Council's principal planning officer Peter Yates called an "exchange of views" between him and Vodafone.
The temporary mast was taken away and the new planning application has now been submitted.
The application will now go before Worcester City Council's planning committee for approval, taking into account the views of the parish council and other people affected.
Worcester Evening News 09 February 2005:

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Kidderminster:
Residents' fury at mast plans

ANGRY residents battling plans to put three mobile phone masts on the same Kidderminster site say the area is in danger of becoming
a "dumping ground" for masts.
A 12 metre monopole has already been put up on the Charlie Brown site in Stourport Road, shocking many neighbouring householders,
who had not realised planning permission had been granted when it appeared.
They were horrified to discover - just days later - that two separate applications had been submitted to Wyre Forest District Council to
build another two masts on the same land.
One of the proposals, for a 15 metre Hutchinson 3G mast, will be discussed at the district council's planning and environmental
control committee meeting on Tuesday and residents are desperately trying to make their fears known in the meantime.
Stourport Road resident, Anita Gallagher, whose husband, Tony, will address councillors to explain the opposition to the plan,
said householders had formed a group called Communities Against Mobile Masts and filled their windows with posters saying
"Say No To Masts".
This is Kidderminster

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Lymm. Warrington: T-Mobile mast plan
PLANS have been submitted to Warrington Borough Council to erect a phone mast in Lymm.
Mobile phone giant T-Mobile has submitted proposals to build a 15-metre mast at land at Sowbrook Wastewater Station on Lymmhay Lane in the village.

Posters blitz against mast plan
Hundreds of people have organised a massive poster blitz against plans for a third mobile phone mast on their doorsteps in Kidderminster.
Residents in Stourport Road have plastered their homes with the striking yellow posters, with messages including "ET didn't need a mast
that big to phone home", "Kids not quids" and "Health not wealth".
The campaign has been launched by resident Anita Gallagher after the firm Hutchinson won a battle to erect a 49ft high pole behind Charlie Brown's Autos off Lisle Avenue on Tuesday night.
Vodafone has already build its mast on the same site - and O2 is expected to be successful with an application shortly.
A 54-name petition and 45 letters of objection were submitted to Wyre Forest District Council by people living near the site ahead of Tuesday's planning meeting, but to no avail.
Now residents, many of whom fought off plans to build an incinerator on their doorsteps, are demanding that no more masts are built.
Mrs Gallagher said: "We did have a laugh when we came up with the poster slogans, especially the 'ET phone home' message.
"We just fear for people's health, but we are told we are not allowed to object on health grounds."
Cheryl Jones, of Stourport Road, fears that health problems will be caused by the masts.
She said: "I'm disgusted by it all. We don't know what health risks are behind all of this."
Samantha Windridge, of Lisle Avenue, said: "We feel that we are not being listened to."
Deputy leader of Wyre Forest District Council Marcus Hart said: "I do feel very sorry for the residents, but the Government set us guidelines
saying that we can only refuse applications on siting and appearance."
By Ben Smallman. Jun 11, 2005, Kidderminster Express and Star
Warrington Guardian

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Halesowen Councillor wages war on masts
Bid to screen 'joke' phone mast schemes

Radical plans to stop phone mast applications that "waste tax payers' money" have been unveiled by a Halesowen councillor.
Hayley Green and Cradley South Councillor Ken Turner wants to initiate six-monthly meetings between mobile phone giants and planning bosses.
The move comes three years after initial attempts to launch the scheme failed due to lack of support.
Councillor Turner said two current applications - one on green belt in Lutley Mill Road and one just yards from Huntingtree Primary School - were so outrageous they should not even go before Dudley Council's development control panel.
He said: "Both the application for the school and for the green belt land in Lutley Mill Road are a joke.
"If someone can provide me with evidence that these masts are safe to be near children I will not try to stop them being put up - but that has not yet happened.
"Any mast on green belt land will be out of place and totally alien to the environment.
We shouldn't be wasting the development control committee's time and money with this sort of thing.
Councillor Turner was instrumental in abortive plans to arrange regular meetings with mobile phone firm representatives in 2002.
"We had difficulties last time getting members to come along but I think things have changed quite dramatically since then.
"I think the time is now right for councillors to get together around a table with people from the mobile companies and look after residents' interests."
He said phone company representatives could bring prospective plans for applications to meetings where issues could be ironed out ahead of the more costly planning process.
A spokeswoman for Vodafone said they would be in favour of the proposals.
"We are always very happy to talk to local councillors and make use of their extensive knowledge of the area," she said.
A spokesman for Dudley Council said no objections had been received from members of the public on either the Lutley Mill Road or
Huntingtree Primary School applications.
By Richard Williams Halesowen Chronicle
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Salwarpe:
Illegally-erected mast taken down

Mobile phone giant Vodafone is dismantling a mast it put up illegally in a Worcestershire village.
The company erected a cabin and a mast in Salwarpe last October without planning permission.
Villagers objected to the installation in a conservation area. Wychavon District Council gave Vodafone until Tuesday to take it all down.
A company spokesperson said the mast's generator was turned off last week so it was no longer operating.
They added that the mast and equipment would be dismantled by the end of the month.
BBC news website 24 may 05

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Salwarpe.
Calls for `illegal' phone mast veto
A MOBILE phone mast has been put up in a village near Droitwich without planning permission or consultation
The Vodafone third generation (3G) mast appeared - to villagers' amazement - in a private field in Salwarpe.
But residents say they are outraged that the communications giant has no planning permission for the transmitter and that it failed to let anyone know it was erecting the mast last week.
"I have received many letters from residents who are very angry about this," said Wychavon councillor, Andrew Christian-Brookes.
"If a member of the public builds a house without permission, Wychavon District Council would use the law to stop them and force them to take it down.
"No resident could build a house and then say `it's OK, we will come back in six months with a planning application'.
"There cannot be a rule for one, and one for another. Vodafone must stick to rules like everyone else."
Villagers had at first believed that farm building work was going on but then a 50ft mast appeared.
Mr Christian-Brookes said that he and residents would now be officially objecting to the mast and hoped that legal action would be taken against Vodafone.
Principal area planning officer for Wychavon, Mike Hurst, confirmed the council had received a letter from Vodafone asking for planners' views on a possible mast but that no permission had been granted.
"We are aware of the mast. Vodafone has jumped the gun and we are now investigating the situation," he said.
A spokesman for Vodafone said the antenna was only a temporary structure but said the company would be applying for planning permission for a permanent mast to be put up somewhere on the site.
"The mast is in a rural area and tall trees around the area minimise its visual impact," said the spokeswoman.
Farmer and owner of the land, Mike Davis, said he did not wish to comment on the issue.
Worcester Evening News 04 November 2004

Yorkshire:
United Kingdom Created: 5 Jul 2005
York:
Phone mast row decision due
A council and residents in need of educating!

A MOBILE phone mast row is set to be decided next week when councillors consider plans for two in the Fulford area of York.
T-Mobile have applied for permission of a 14.7-metre telecommunications pole with three antennae at the junction of Broadway and Heslington Lane,
and for an identical pole in Heslington Lane opposite the former Fairways Garden Centre.
City of York Council officers are recommending that no objections should be raised to the Broadway application, saying it would not cause undue harm to
public health, residential amenity or the area's character and appearance.
But they are recommending refusal for the other proposal, saying it is inappropriate in the Green Belt and would cause harm to the area's character and appearance.
However, Coun Keith Aspden, the Liberal Democrat councillor for Fulford, is calling for the east area planning and transport committee, which meets next Thursday, to vote the other way round.
He told the Evening Press there had been a long-running battle by local residents over a number of years to keep telecommunications poles away from their houses, and only one of the schemes needed approval to give the network the coverage it required.
He said all residents were very concerned about the impact of poles on their area, but if they were required, the correct sites must be selected.
Coun Aspden said: "The application opposite the former garden centre has much more public support - across all political parties in Fulford - and I hope that the planning committee rejects the officers' recommendation of refusal for this site."
He said the site was preferable to the Broadway scheme because it would have a lower impact on the living conditions of people nearby, as it would be 80 metres away instead of next to their homes.
He said: "We need to work with residents on telecommunication applications not against them."
Officers said seven objections had been received to the Broadway scheme, claiming the mast would be an eyesore, lower the values of nearby properties and be too close to playing areas and homes.
However, the other scheme had received only one objection, saying that the mast would harm Walmgate Stray, but three letters had been received in support, saying it would be further away from homes.
by Chris Greenwood York Today
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Wakefield:
Another club losing revenue for now

Mast kicked into touch
CONTROVERSIAL plans to site a phone mast close to an infant school have been refused, to the delight of 'ecstatic' residents.
Anger about the T-Mobile mast proposed by Ossett Albion FC was so strong that locals formed a pressure group to fight the plans for the Dimplewells Road site.
Ossett Residents Against Mobile Masts (ORAMM) presented a petition containing hundreds of signatures to the planning department to stop the mast being erected just 200m from Dimple Well Infant School.
Last week the group received the news they had been waiting for when the plans were refused on the grounds that the proposal would affect the visual amenity of green belt land, and because there were already a number of existing lighting columns in the area.
Group member Claire Wilby, of Dimple Well Gardens, said: “We are absolutely ecstatic. It’s ORAMM 1, Ossett Albion 0. Everyone I have spoken to is so happy. It is great that our hard work has paid off.
“There is a chance they could appeal, but we will not back down.”
Fellow member Roger Oakland was equally pleased. He said: “Residents and schoolchildren near the proposed site have scored their first goal against Ossett Albion in their fight against having a mast so close.
“Although Albion are within their rights to appeal, let’s hope it doesn’t go that far and they now consider the many hundreds of locals who have signed the petition.”
Speaking at the time of the application, 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 the mobile phone company had wanted to place the mast near the entrance of the cricket club ground, which would have been even closer to the school, but he strongly objected because he wanted it to be as far away from the school and any houses as possible.
The club did not wish to comment on the news that the application had been refused until they have it in writing.
Wakefield Today. 01 July 2005
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Bardsey
Phone mast row may go to Europe
A BARDSEY couple are considering taking their battle against a controversial mobile phone mast to the European Court of Human Rights.
Chris and Geoff Nunn have been refused permission to take their landmark fight to the House of Lords but now they are getting advice about taking the matter to the European court.
The Bardsey mast was built by default by T-Mobile after Leeds City Council failed to issue planning refusal within the 56-day time limit.
A public inquiry was called but the inspector ruled that the mast was legal.
That decision was upheld in the High Court last year by Mr Justice Collins.
The couple then spent thousands of pounds proceeding with a judicial review which they had hoped would enable them to return to the Planning Inspectorate with a strong case for refusal of the Smithy Lane mast.
But in February the Court of Appeal told the Nunns there was nothing it could do to remove a planning law barrier that prevented them and fellow objectors from putting their case at a public inquiry last year.
The Nunns' lawyers had asked judges to rule that their human rights had been breached, arguing that a planning inspector's refusal to consider their case at the inquiry robbed them of a right to a fair hearing under human rights laws.
But the appeal judges said the only remedy open to the Nunns was to claim damages against Leeds City Council.
Mr and Mrs Nunn then appealed to the House of Lords but were refused.
By Sarah Kelly Wetherby News. sarah.kelly@ypn.co.uk

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Bardsley.
Phone mast GP loses appeal battle

A GP who has been fighting for three years to have a phone mast moved from near her home has been told she cannot take her case to the House of Lords.
Three law lords have refused permission for Dr Christine Nunn to challenge a Court of Appeal ruling but have not given any reasons for their decision.
The doctor, who lives in Bardsey, near Leeds, and her neighbours say the T-Mobile mast is a health hazard.
The mast was allowed because Leeds City Council bungled planning procedures.
In February, the appeal judges told the protestors the only remedy open to them was to claim damages from the council which lodged their notice of
objection one day after the statutory 56-day period had elapsed.
Property values
Dr Nunn and her neurosurgeon husband Geoff moved into the Old Vicarage in the village before the mast was built just 120 yards from their home.
Their legal battle began when the Nunns and their neighbours tried to protest at a planning inquiry that, as well as health implications, the mast would
hit property values.
But the inquiry inspector said he had no power to hear their case because Leeds City Council had failed to act within the time limit.
This prompted the Bardsey residents to take the case to the Court of Appeal and then the attempt to go to the House of Lords.
Dr Nunn said on Monday she was not surprised at the decision by the law lords and there would have been problems in paying the legal bills,
estimated at £30,000.
She added that the protestors would be meeting officers from Leeds City Council next week in the hope that the council might still be able to issue
an order that the phone mast should be taken down.
BBC News website 28.06.05

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Mast fight may go Euro

A DOCTOR from Yorkshire who says a mobile telephone mast near her home threatens her and her children's health is considering whether
to take her case to the European courts.
Earlier this week Law Lords refused permission for Christine Nunn to appeal to the House of Lords against an Appeal Court ruling in February .
For two years Dr Nunn has been trying to have removed a T-Mobile UK phone mast 120 metres from her home in the village of Bardsey, near Leeds.
Mother-of-three Dr Nunn, believes the T-Mobile mast near The Old Vicarage could trigger the migraines she and her family suffer and will have an
adverse affect on property values.
She claims the refusal of a planning inspector to consider her case – because Leeds City Council was a day late in lodging its objections
to the mast and planning permission was therefore deemed to have been given by default – has robbed her of her right to a fair hearing.
Last night she said she was considering whether to take the case to Europe and pledged to continue her fight to challenge the legislation.
Yorkshire Post. Joanne Finley29 June 2005
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Knaresborough:
Parents' fury over phone masts decision as Mast allowed near 3 schools

OUTRAGED residents say they are appalled at a decision announced yesterday which will allow the installation of a mobile phone
transmitter just yards from three Harrogate schools.
Protesters who fought tooth and nail to stop the 85ft T-Mobile mast being built say they have been let down and ignored after
High Court approval was upheld by the national Planning Inspectorate.
Campaigner, Paula Brooks, said she couldn’t believe the company was prepared to gamble on the health of young children.
“I’m devastated,” she said. ”The people in a community are not listened to.”
Cabinet Member for Planning, Coun Richard Cooper said: “The Planning Inspector has let down Harrogate Borough Council
by not supporting our decision to refuse planning permission.
He has also has let down residents living nearby and children at the schools.
I have asked Council Officers to see if there is any other way in which we can fight this proposal as the landowner.”
l Full update next Friday.
Knaresborough Today. 17 June 2005

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Harrogate:
Star psychic – I will help mast objectors

WORLD famous psychic Uri Geller has stepped in to support campaigners who are trying to stop a mobile phone mast from being built near three
Harrogate schools.
Speaking exclusively to the Harrogate Advertiser, the celebrity said he believed everything possible should be done to stop masts being built near homes
and schools and he pledged his personal support to Campus members who are fighting plans to build a 3G mast on Claro Road.
"The practice of putting mobile phone masts near schools should be outlawed and I am appalled that the Government is giving permission for such masts
to go up in areas like this," he said.
"My knowledge of the danger of masts leads me to believe that anyone living near them is endangering their lives. I believe they can cause many ailments, especially in children whose skulls are so much thinner than those of adults, and there is no doubt in my mind that these masts radiate low frequency
waves which sooner or later will damage people's health.
"I'm willing to do anything I can to help the Harrogate campaigners and protect the health and well-being of these children."
Mr Geller, who shot to fame in the 1970s when he demonstrated his ability to bend spoons using the power of his mind, was contacted by
Harrogate mast protester Jean Bowman after he appeared on a TV stitch up programme.
Programme makers pretended to build a mobile phone mast close to his home and Mr Geller, unaware that he was the subject of a prank,
reacted strongly and immediately called his lawyers.
Campus member Mrs Bowman, who has been a staunch campaigner against the Claro Road mast, saw the programme and wrote to
Uri Geller to ask for his help.
"Within a day he was on the phone to me," said Mrs Bowman.
"He told me he was convinced phone masts were a major health risk and he said he would do anything he could to help us."
Mrs Bowman, who moved her five-year-old daughter away from one of the schools affected by the mast at Christmas because of concerns
about the risks to her health, said the celebrity's involvement was a welcome boost to the campaign.
"I sometimes feel that because we are just ordinary parents our opinions will be ignored, so having someone high profile behind us is wonderful,
" she added.
The campaigners expect to hear the outcome of their latest appeal against the mast in mid June.

jenni.moulson@ypn.co.uk
20 May 2005

Orange mast: Would you like this Orange mast only 15 metres from your childrens bedrooms?
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Would you like this Orange mast only 15 metres from your childrens bedrooms?

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

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

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

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

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

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