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I represent a group of mast protesters in Westminster Park, Chester.
We have just lost an appeal by Hutchison to the Planning Inspectorate for a 3G mast which is to be located near a children’s nursery and houses.
There was an alternative site which was supported by the majority of residents and local politicians.
This was not allowed on appeal by Hutchison to the Planning Inspectorate as it was in green belt. A large Business Park has been built nearby in
green belt which makes the whole thing quite ridiculous.

We have come to the conclusion that the only way to tackle the whole issue of mobile phone masts (3G in particular) is to change the law
(as have others) – masts have to be 350m, say, from schools/residential areas/hospitals.
The only way we will get that is to peacefully demonstrate. We are trying to organise a demonstration in Chester for all groups throughout the whole of
It has to be the whole of Cheshire to maintain support as groups come and go with masts being pushed into someone else’s ‘back-yard’ (as happened with us). We will also have to go back every 6 weeks as one demonstration will be ignored by this government.
Hopefully we will be able to spread the demonstrations to all other counties throughout the UK.
Will you be able to help with organisation, publicity or with establishing our policy?
Malcolm Harle
14 Manor Road, Westminster Park, Chester CH4 7QW.
Tel.: 01244 682613

Today's press release 18 July 2005


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.


PLACARD-waving protesters took to the street to show their anger against plans for a second mobile phone mast in their Chester community.
Residents in Newhall Road, Upton, are angered by the plans to build an O2 mast at the junction of Newhall Road and Handford Road.
The worried residents are concerned about the potential health effects of the base station, as they are officially called, and believe a new mast would be another eyesore
If built, it would be the second one in the area. Hutchinson 3G has already built one, despite opposition from more than 300 residents.
One of the residents angered by the plans is Sylvia Molloy, 68, who lives on Newhall Roa
She was at the forefront of the protest against the 3G mast and now plans to campaign against the new proposals.
“No-one wanted the first in this area, let alone another,” she said. “The first mast is a blot on the landscape and I believe this new one will damage my view further. If they built another, we would have two big masts in this area.
“On top of that, there are the health risks. I am very concerned about it. There will be children walking past this mast all the time.”
And because the mast is under 15 metres high, the plans will not go to a full committee meeting. Instead it will be decided by planning officials.
Upton parish councillor Pete Griffiths said: “It seems bad that it will not go to full planning committee. What are councillors for? This will probably be decided by people do not know where Upton is.
“We have too many masts in Upton as it is. We do not need another one. Why can’t they put it somewhere in Chester that does not have so many.”
Andrew Kelleher, a spokesman for O2, said: “This mast is designed to look like street furniture so it will not look particularly bad.
“O2 recognise the public’s concerns over health effects and we would like to say we work with experts and regulators and also we work within stringent guidelines.
“But we need to put a mast in there to improve reception in a high demand area.”

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A LEADING mobile 'phone company has moved to quell the storm of protest over its mast in Formonthills Road.
Last week's Gazette revealed how angry residents tried to block workmen from erecting the 15-metre-high monopole after it had been taken away for repairs.
But the firm behind the equipment, O2, has expressed its disappointment at the way events have unfolded.
Ken Leitch, O2's regional communications manager, said the company appreciated that locals had concerns.
However, he maintained there is no evidence of a link between masts and ill health.
"We've been in discussions with the community council and they've put a number of options to us," Mr Leitch said.
"Unfortunately, it's just not possible for us to move the mast.
"These things are not cheap and it costs quite a lot of money - we're talking tens of thousands of pounds.
"It's just not commercially viable for us to do that.
"But we are extremely concerned by some of the tactics that have been used and it is extremely disappointing that these things happen."
The mast had to be removed after it was badly vandalised, although O2 has now fitted CCTV cameras to its replacement as a deterrent.
Mr Leitch revealed that much of the research now being done was focusing on mobile handsets, as opposed to masts themselves.
And he maintained that masts were much less powerful than TV or radio transmitters.
"All I can do is point people to the research and I would just have to re-iterate the message that the balance of evidence says there is no risk," he continued.
"I don't have a crystal ball, but all we can do is look at what is there at the moment.
"The more masts there are, the less work your phone has to do.
"I would tell people that are using mobile 'phones to use handsfree kits wherever possible.
"But we welcome people's comments and all we can do is give people a bit more education on mobile technology, which we do on a number of occasions."
Despite the reassurances, Councillor Bill Kay said the whole affair had "alienated" the community in north Glenrothes.
He said: "It was very cursory the way the company went about things - they followed the strict legal requirements for consultation and I feel they didn't go any further than that."
But Mr Leitch responded: "The council has been quite happy that we carried out a sufficient level of consultation and I'm satisfied that our officials have done their job to the best of their abilities."
25 May 2005

Fetcham. Dorking and Leatherhead: Phone mast could threaten 'health and house prices'
United Kingdom Created: 6 Jun 2005
By Daniel Edwards. May 27 2005
Dorking and Leatherhead
A PROPOSAL by a major telecommunications company to install a mobile phone mast is causing concern among residents in Fetcham.
Mobile phone firm Vodafone has approached Mole Valley District Council to install a mast off Shamrock Close, Fetcham.
But residents living in the close are concerned about their health and the subsequent impact on the value of their properties.
Michael Cliff, who is already living 50ft from another telecommunications mast belonging to T-Mobile, said the new mast will be 28ft from his fence.
He is one of a group of residents to have written a letter in protest to the planning department to express his concerns about having a second mast placed next to his bungalow.
"When I spoke to the council they didn't seem bothered about our concerns of the impact on our health and the effects this might have on the value our property," said Mr Cliff, 73 "I am not in very good health at the moment so I am concerned about what effect this will have on me, and the value of our property.
"I have spent £28,000 on improvements on the house, but if the planning department allow the mast to be built I will never be able to sell. "If the second phone mast goes up it won't matter where you sit in the garden because all you will be able to see are these masts. "We already have one phone mast in the village so why do we need a second?"
Mole Valley's area planning manager, Gary Rhoades-Brown said: "It is inappropriate for any comment to be made on an application, but all material circumstances are fully considered before any decision is made by the council."
Jane Frapwell, public relations officer for Vodafone, said: "All Vodafone installations are designed to be compliant with stringent international guidelines and they are recommended by Government and have the general backing from the World Health Organisation.
"The guidelines are in place to protect all of us whether the mast is one or 1,000 metres away."
Florence Jack, who lives opposite Mr Cliff on Shamrock Close has written to Mole Valley's planning department and MP Sir Paul Beresford objecting to the proposal.
She said: "I wrote to the council when they put up the first mast. It's bad enough having one there, it will be visually intrusive.
"Why are they going to place the mast in a populated area?"

Battle over the mobile masts
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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

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
Sunday 12th June 2005


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
Saturday 4th June 2005

Here is one we all need to see: Holland: Dutch Judge thinks radiation of 3G-mast could possibly be harmful
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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:

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
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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
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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
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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.

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