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Lincolnshire:
United Kingdom Created: 10 Jul 2005
Lincoln:
PARENTS' BATTLE TO BLOCK PHONE MAST BID

Parents have vowed to fight plans to put a mobile phone mast within 100 metres of a children's playing field.
O2 Ltd wants to install the mast outside Birchwood Shopping Centre, in Lincoln.
The plan means the mast would be within 100 metres of Birchwood Junior School, in Larchwood Crescent.
There is already a T Mobile mast at the back of Birchwood Shopping Centre and an Orange one at the opposite end of Birchwood Avenue,
near its junction with Pershore Way.
But parents of Birchwood Junior School pupils say this latest mast is too close for comfort.
The planned mast is also close to a clutch of other schools, including Leslie Manser in Kingsdown Road, the Lancaster School and the
Papermoon Day Nursery, both in Jasmin Road.
The Government says there are no proven health risks.
But parents say they fear that radiation emitted by such masts could lead to infertility or diseases like cancer.
Mum Sam Wakefield (39), of Caistor Road, has Daisy (nine) at Birchwood Junior and Emily (six) at the Lancaster.
"I just don't see the need for it," she said. "Why situate something like that there when you have got so many schools around?"
Her neighbour Angela Fleming agrees.
Mrs Fleming has Lauryn (six) at the Lancaster and Daniel (eight) at Birchwood Junior.
"I wouldn't want any more being put in when there are schools in the area. All you hear about is the health risks," she said.
Birchwood Junior headteacher Carol Smith was due to meet governors to discuss the plans last night "The safety of our children is our primary
concern," she said.
O2 originally applied to install the mast in October 2004. But Lincoln city councillors asked the company to look into the possibility of combining the mast
with existing ones in the area.
O2 now says those masts would have to be made unreasonably tall to accommodate it.
It has submitted another plan to the city council to put the mast on the grass verge at the shopping centre.
O2 says its plans are in line with guidelines issued by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) -
a body of independent scientific experts.
"O2 is committed to ensuring all new installations are ICNIRP compliant and on this basis there is no basis for this application to be refused on
health and safety grounds," the application says.
O2 community liaison officer Jim Stevenson added: "It is a very low-level radio transmitter and receiver.
There should be no health and safety fears over the emissions."
The application is the latest in a string of mast plans to cause controversy.
These include a row about a placing a mast on St Giles Church, in Lamb Gardens, Lincoln, and worries about extending a mast on the maternity
unit at Lincoln County Hospital.
Lincolnshire Echo. 14 July 2005
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Grimsby:
FEARS ON LINE OVER MAST PLAN

Residents are in uproar over a site for a proposed mobile phone mast - on a grass verge.

Vodafone is consulting with the public as it tries to find a suitable site in Humberston's North Sea Lane for a base station to provide 3G coverage
for mobile users. It will then decide whether or not to make a formal planning submission to North East Lincolnshire Council.
A grass verge at the junction of Carrington Drive and North Sea Lane has been earmarked for the 8m-high telegraph-style pole, with three antennae at the top.
But a petition has been signed by more than 100 people and posted to Mono, the consultants for Vodafone.
Father-of-four Michael Swift (47) has lived on North Sea Lane for five years, just metres away from the site.
He said: "The Government still hasn't done all the research into the effects of mobile phone masts.
"I would have safety concerns for my children and grandchild. It's also an eyesore and would lower the value of properties."
Vodafone says an existing tree there "will provide some screening of the installation from the residential properties to the south." and states in letters to
nearby residents it "will not look out of character" with the rest of the telegraph poles and street lamps lining North Sea Lane.
Miles Davis (32) is another who lives within 20m of the proposed mast site. He has written letters of objection to the consultants and the council's
planning department.
"It's rather silly of them to put it so close to the houses when the health effects are unproved and it's an unsolved issue," he said.
"The tree will not prevent it being clearly visible."
His mother Wynette (67) added: "I couldn't believe it when we got the letter. Nobody round here wants it to happen."
Patricia Barrs prepared the petition to record her own and many others' dismay.
DANIEL.EVANS@GRIMSBYTELEGRAPH.CO.UK
12:30 - 09 July 2005
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PARENTS CALLING FOR A BAN ON PHONE MASTS
Mobile phone mast campaigners say they have been vindicated by an Australian ruling that masts should not be next to schools.
The Australian government has followed New Zealand, Italy, Sweden, Luxembourg and Salzburg in banning masts near schools, child care centres,
hospitals and nurseries.
Bishop King Primary School in Kingsway, Lincoln, has a mast just metres away from its building, and the parents and teachers have been campaigning
against it.
Headmaster David Tinsley said: "I think this just shows that other governments accept that there may be a risk with these masts, although sadly ours
appears not to.
"The point is that nobody knows whether there is a risk or not.
"They may be perfectly safe, but on the other hand they may not, and if theyare not then children are the most vulnerable to ill effects.
"We are baffled by this Government's attitude when its own reports have suggested that a precautionary approach should be adopted, and yet nothing is
put into practice."
His frustration was echoed by parent Andrew Gill, who is a member of the phone mast committee.
"We would just like to see the Government and the council taking some responsibility for this," he said.
"At the moment all the council has to consider is how it looks, not whether it will affect the health of children.
"The Government's advice in the Stewart report is quite clear, yet nothing is done."
The mast is situated on top of the fire station in South Park, next door to Bishop King School.
It is even closer to the half-built new special school, which is scheduled to open next Easter.
"We don't want the next generation to be picking up the pieces if something does turn out to be wrong with these things," said Mr Gill, who lives in Kingsway.
Green MEP Caroline Jackson is pressuring the Government to follow Australia's lead and ban mobile phone masts next to schools.
"Without it, the result has been fear and uncertainty as mobile phone masts have sprung up - often requiring no planning permission or even advance warning - on schools, hospitals and in densely populated areas," she said.
However, mobile phone operators insist there is no scientific basis for a ban on masts near schools.
A spokeswoman for the Mobile Operators' Association said: "Since 2000, Ofcom has undertaken more than 360 random audits of base stations near schools and hospitals.
"The measurements from these audits show that emissions levels from base stations are typically small fractions of the international health and safety exposure guidelines."
She said parents should be comforted by a National Radiological Protection Board report in January, which said measurements showed there was no scientific basis for establishing minimal distances between base stations and areas of public occupancy.
Write to Your View at the Lincolnshire Echo, Brayford Wharf East,
Lincoln, LN5 7AT. Lincolnshire Echo. - 30 May 2005

Middlesex:
United Kingdom Created: 10 Jul 2005
Greater London: Bromley

Council calls on government to change planning plans to change mast regulations

THE long campaign for health fears to become a valid objection against mobile phone masts has stepped up a gear.
Outraged residents have protested against masts of different sizes, many not requiring planning permission, springing up all over the borough.
Radiation detectors have shown high levels in homes close to masts and residents believe the waves are linked to ill-health.
Now Bromley Council is asking the Government for health issues to be considered when looking at planning permission for masts.
It also wants developers to apply for planning permission for all masts, not just the larger ones.
But some residents believe the council's action is too little, too late.
They say back in 2000 the independent Stewart Committee recommended tighter planning laws as a precaution because the effects of masts on health
were still unknown.
The committee also said in January this year health risks could not be ruled out because not enough research has been carried out.
Angela Shields, 37, moved to her home on Footbury Hill Road, Orpington, near the BT telephone exchange on Chislehurst Road, in 2000.
When a mast went up in February, Mrs Shields and her family experienced nose-bleeds, headaches and insomnia until they arranged their furniture
away from the signal.
She said: "The masts are breeding like flies and so many people from Bromley have bad health effects but no-one has listened."
There is currently no scientific evidence to prove the link and laws do not allow councils to consider health concerns.
Councillor Chris Maines proposed the idea of asking the Government to change the regulations over objections.

He said: "This would allow us to come down on the side of health concerns. It would be up to the developer to prove masts are safe."
Deputy council leader Councillor Graham Arthur said: "We are calling on the Government to give us the powers so people can have their say on
all masts and antennae."
By Jolene Hill
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‘Disgraceful’ plan to put phone mast on top of church

A CASH-strapped Highgate church is facing stiff opposition from angry neighbours over plans to place a mobile mast on its ancient spire.
Father Andrew Meldrum, vicar of St Anne's in Highgate West Hill, is weighing up whether to allow an antenna at the Grade II-listed church.
The church could get £10,000 for the deal with T-Mobile, but is consulting with all residents within 150 metres of the church before making a decision.
Deborah and Adrian Laing, who live in Langbourne Avenue near the church, are furious that St Anne's is even considering the plan.
The couple, who are both solicitors, believe that mobile masts are a health hazard and have already started a campaign to stop it.
Mr Laing said: "My wife has already photocopied the letters and is pinning them to trees around the Holly Lodge estate.
"We will do everything in our power to make sure that this does not happen. We can see the spire from our home and we have five young children.
"The church can expect us to take every legal means at our disposal to stop this. We think it is a disgrace."
In his letter to locals, Fr Meldrum said: "If the installation were to proceed, St Anne's would receive an annual fee.
"This would be used to the benefit of the church and community and could provide some stability for long-term projects.
"In terms of the effect of the installation on the surrounding area we are assured that any installation would have no visual effect on the church building or the neighbourhood, as any antennae and accompanying equipment would be housed within the spire of the church."
If permitted the mast would be used to boost coverage on T-Mobile's 3G network. The church is currently engaged in a major renovation project and is expecting to complete work on its roof in mid-October.
While it would like to raise more money to support further works, including £25,000 worth of improvements to its bells, Fr Meldrum said the Parish Church Council (PCC) has not decided what it would use the cash for.
He said: "We deliberately haven't considered what we would do with the money because we don't want it to influence our decision on whether we accept the mobile company's offer."
Those who might want to help the fundraising efforts at St Anne's can send their donations to Father Andrew Meldrum, 106 Highgate West Hill, London N6.
Hamstead and Highgate Express. editorial@hamhigh.co.uk
22 July 2005
Andrew Brightwell. andrew.brightwell@hamhigh.co.uk
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Liberal Democrats join mast protest

LIB DEM politicians in Child's Hill have joined the fight against plans to put up a phone mast near a children's playground.
Barnet councillors Monroe and Susette Palmer have written to mobile company LCC UK urging them to withdraw plans for the mast on Hendon Way.
Mr Palmer said: "This mast would be on the fence of Basing Hill Park, where there is a children's playground that is very well used and a sports school,
also well used.
"The mast will be unsightly, it will undoubtedly be covered with graffiti and it will reduce the width of footway the path to Wessex Gardens School.
Hamstead and Highgate Express. editorial@hamhigh.co.uk. 22 July 2005
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Woodford
Mast victory as council throws out plans

PLANS to erect a mobile phone mast in South Woodford have been thrown out by councillors on the regional planning committee.
The five members of the committee voted overwhelming against the 15-metre telecommunication pole which phone company O2 wants to put up outside Waitrose in the High Road.
A letter sent by the company said that it needed to put up the pole, which was higher than the surrounding street lights, in order to provide proper transmission coverage for both second and third generation phones after a mast on the nearby Queen Mary and Westfield site came down following re-development plans.
The letter said the company had looked for alternative sites, but had discounted putting it near Carnarvon Road, where residents believe the high number of radiation-emitting transmitters was responsible for the high amount of cancer cases in the street.
Also Odeon Cinemas, which has a blanket ban on phone masts on its property, said no to the request for a mast to be put on the South Woodford cinema.
That left O2 with the option of the site near the North Circular, a plan which the committee rejected last week.
But just six weeks ago the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol upheld an appeal from T-Mobile, giving it the go-ahead for a mast on land next to the bowling club in Aldersbrook Road, Wanstead.
This came after Redbridge councillors originally said no and councillor Richard Hoskins believes O2 will also appeal.
He said: "I'm prepared to get into trouble on appeal. I'm sure the planning officers will think we're being irresponsible."
After discussing the public's health concerns about the radiation pumped out by the masts cllrs Richard Hoskins, Felicity Banks, Sue Nolan and Allan Burgess refused the application on grounds that the pole would be visually intrusive and make an already cluttered streetscape worse.
sdixon@london.newsquest.co.uk
3:00pm Friday 8th July 2005
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Wanstead campaigners still stopping the show
Phone mast protest stops traffic
By Dominic Yeatman Wanstead and Wooford Guardian
CONCERNED protestors who are fighting plans for a mobile phone mast in Wanstead, took to the streets in their campaign to have it stopped.
More than 100 parents and residents gathered at the site in Aldersbrook Road, stopping traffic in the evening rush hour on Wednesday, July 6, to draw attention to their cause.
Phone company T-mobile recently won the final appeal in a long legal struggle to have the 10.5-metre mast erected opposite the Aldersbrook Bowls Club, but the location is 200 meters from Aldersbrook Primary School and residents have pledged to continue their fight against the mast.
Campaign organiser Elizabeth Canavan said: "The drivers were for the main part really supportive and were beeping in support.
"It didn't cause havoc but it was a symbolic raising of the banner. We didn't advertise widely for this, mainly at the school, but there's quite a lot of anxiety over this around the whole area."
Construction of the mast started recently but was brought to a halt when Mrs Canavan ran to the site and sat in the hole that had been dug.
Now residents are keeping a close watch for any further work and have promised to prevent any more taking place.
Mrs Canavan said: "We're thinking of picketing local T-Mobile shops. They have won permission for a mast in Centre Road so why can't they use that?"
T-shirts were printed and post cards attached to black balloons were released, one of which reached Belgium before being sent back with a message of support.
After an hour police brought the protest to a halt. There were no arrests.
By Sara Dixon Wanstead and Woodford Guardian.
dyeatman@london.newsquest.co.uk
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Wanstead:
Mum dives in to prevent mast

Mum blocks the mobile mast builders
WANSTEAD residents campaigning against plans for a mobile phone mast are taking direct action and enlisting celebrity support after planning inspectors ruled against them.
Phone company T-mobile have been attempting to get permission for a mast opposite the Aldersbrook bowls club in Aldersbrook Road for nearly two years, and have finally won permission from the Bristol-based planning inspectorate.
The site is just yards from Aldersbrook Primary School, and when news spread on Monday that contractors had arrived to start construction, Merlin Road resident Elizabeth Canavan ran to the spot to stop work.
She jumped in the hole that had been dug on the site to check for gas pipes and electricity cables, and sat down.
She said: "The workmen were very good. One suggested that we all have mobile phones, but I don't and infants and young children don't, and it's just 200 yards from the school where the signal will bathe them in emissions."
Mrs Canavan stayed at the site for three hours and eventually left after the men filled in the hole, but she has pledged to return should work resume.
She says a petition against the mast raised 315 signatures of whom 110 were T-mobile users satisfied with the coverage they already had in the area.
A group called Aldersbrook residents mast solution (ARMS) has been organised and yesterday they lodged an appeal in the High Court against the inspector's decision.
Television celebrity Uri Geller has agreed to sell T-shirts on their behalf at the Aldersbrook primary school fete on Saturday, July 9.
Mrs Canavan said: "This is a rallying call for people in the community. It's near the school and it's near people's houses and we need the community's support in fundraising and campaigning."
For details on the campaign, call 8530 2658 or visit www.maststop. com.
This is Local London 03.07.05. dyeatman@london.newsquest.co.uk.

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Ilford:
Phone mast protests

DETERMINED residents are preparing to do battle in the High Court to stop a mobile phone mast being put up in a conservation area close to a primary school.
Last month, a planning inspector overturned Redbridge Council's refusal and allowed T-Mobile's appeal, granting planning permission for the 11.7m high mast
on land adjacent to the Bowling Club, Aldersbrook Road, Wanstead.
Mother-of-three Elizabeth Canavan, of Merlin Road, Wanstead, rushed to stop work on the site on Monday afternoon and was soon joined by reinforcements.
Sitting on a mound of soil with her 15-month old daughter Eva, Mrs Canavan said she is "completely determined" to protect children at nearby Aldersbrook
Primary School, Harpenden Road, Wanstead, from a potential cancer risk.
The protesters have set up Aldersbrook Residents Mast Solution (ARMS) and served papers on the planning inspectorate on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a group of angry Newbury Park residents staged a protest on Saturday against plans to erect a mast in the heart of their community.
Ilford Recorder. 30 June 2005
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Enfield
MP meets minister to voice mast concerns

Enfield Southgate MP David Burrowes is pushing for new laws to clamp down on the proliferation' of mobile telephone masts in residential areas.
He had a meeting with Jim Fitzpatrick, a minister in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, yesterday after joining more than 40 residents of Slades Hill, Enfield, at a protest on Saturday morning.
The group, who are concerned about the effect a 30-foot mobile mast would have on their health and property values, have just lost a year-long fight with telecommunications giant Orange, after the application was turned down by Enfield Council but passed on appeal by the Planning Inspectorate.
The deadline for residents to appeal against that decision at the High Court passed on Friday.
Elsa Evans, who lives in Slades Hill opposite the proposed site, admits residents have probably lost the fight against Orange as they would be unable to afford the high costs associated with taking out a civil action.
She said: "We have gone down kicking an d screaming.
"I am going to have my home valued now and then again when the mast is there. I feel like the values of our homes are being snatched away."
Mr Burrowes is angry because he feels current Government legislation does not take local issues into account.
He said: "While the council does what it can, and in many cases refuses permission, it can only do so much.
"People have the choice of whether to buy a mobile phone, but at the moment residents have no choice about a mast being put on their doorstep.
"Especially with new 3G technology, there is the prospect of many more masts, which is a real concern."
He has appealed to Mr Fitzpatrick for changes in the law and has promised to carry on lobbying on behalf of residents.
By Johnathan Schroder Enfield Independent. Thursday 30th June 2005
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London:
Triple phone mast plans rejected

THREE proposals to install phone masts in Three Rivers were rejected last week.
The applications, all for T Mobile, were for masts in Baldwins Lane in Croxley Green, Hill Farm in Stag Lane, Chorleywood, and land at the junction of Valley Road with The Clump in Rickmansworth.
All three were unanimously rejected at a meeting of Three Rivers' development control committee last Thursday.
Council leader and committee member Ann Shaw led the calls for all masts to be rejected.
She said: "The development control committee looks at each mast application individually on its merits in the situation proposed.
"We objected to the masts proposed for Baldwins Lane and the junction of The Clump and Valley Road as too obtrusive and prominent in the street scene.
"The Hill Top Farm site was rejected as inappropriate development in the Green Belt."
Anti-mobile phone mast campaigner Yasmin Skelt, of Chorleywood, said: "Everyone in our group is very pleased with the council's decision.
"Residents joined forces to oppose these applications and the decisions show local democracy in action." For full story see Friday's printed version of the This is Local London. Watford Observer.
11:02am Tuesday 19th July 2005
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London mobile networks overwhelmed

Mobile networks in the UK capital have been gridlocked after the blasts throughout central London. According to the BBC, Vodafone has announced that
it has reserved some network capacity for the emergency service workers dealing with the disaster.
According to Vodafone, all of its switches are at capacity and it is having to free up a portion of the network to ensure that police and emergency services
can communicate, which means that regular customers will not be able to use a proportion of their local base station. The company added that this only
related to a section of the network across London, so people can still make calls but it will be much more difficult to make a call than usual.
According to the BBC, Orange and O2 said there was "congestion" on their networks making it hard to get through on the first attempt. In addition,
Virgin Mobile has stated that as there are so many people making calls it is taking a while for customers to get through successfully.
The problems with the mobile networks has had a knock-on effect on fixed lines phones, said the BBC. In addition, the BBC has revealed that a
spokesman for BT has announced that as so many people were turning to fixed line phones once they found that the mobile network was down that
it too was running near to capacity. BT are asking that people only make essential calls to limit the congestion
Published in Telecomworldwire on Thursday, 07 July 2005
Copyright (C) 2005, M2 Communications Ltd.

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London''
'Don't ignore mast concerns

As an East Finchley resident who lives within 100 yards of Holy Trinity Church and the site of the proposed telephone mast, I am disappointed with your
report (June 16) that there has been no response from the vicar, the Rev Laurence Hill, to protests. I have known him for over 20 years and have previously found him to be very responsive to community concerns.
In the meantime, remarks attributed to Mr John Horsley, QS4 project manager, are only inflaming the situation by trying to belittle the cause of those who are opposed to a potential health hazard that will further encourage the deployment of already over-used mobile phones.
Mr Horsley has also queried the motives of our MP, Rudi Vis.
Dr Vis's conscientious attention to issues such as this which affect his constituents was a major reason why he was returned to Parliament for Finchley
and Golders Green in May of this year.
John Davies,
Manor Park Road, East Finchley
Edgeware and Mill Hill Times 23 June 04

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Nr. London
MOBILE MAST SPARKS HEALTH FEARS

PLANS to install a phone mast near to homes have sparked a protest from dozens of families concerned about the health risk to their children.
Telecommunications company Vodafone sent Elmbridge Council details of their intention to erect a 12-metre mast on land by Somerset Close in Hersham,
near two blocks of flats and several houses.
The site is just yards away from the spot where T-Mobile wanted to erect a 10-metre mast on the roundabout at Queens Road in Hersham.
That application was not approved but T-mobile has lodged an appeal against the council’s decision.
Because of the planning laws surrounding mobile phone masts, applications cannot be rejected on the basis of health concerns.
The council has already received 50 letters of objection about the Vodafone mast.
Mum Tara Howland told the News & Mail: “Nobody I have spoken to wants it and we are all concerned about the health risks although they aren’t
something the council can take into consideration.”
Masts less than 15 metres tall do not need full planning permission. Mobile phone operators only need to give the council prior notification.
If the council objects within eight weeks, permission is refused, but the authority can only do this on the grounds of the mast’s location and appearance.
“Residents are completely outraged,” said Tara. “Vodafone haven’t considered other sites away from people’s homes and they haven’t considered
mast sharing.
“We were surprised to have a minimum of 21 days to object. They just put a notice up on the post a couple of months ago saying they were considering
putting in an application, but nobody has been contacted since. It was the council that contacted me once the application was sent in.
“There are lots and lots of families in this area,” she said. “The residents and the whole community just do not want these masts in and around our village.
If the Government is advising that masts should not be put up near schools, why put one near to where my daughter will be sleeping 10 to 12 hours a night?”
A Vodafone spokeswoman said the proposal was designed to improve their network signal in the area.
“In order for people to use mobile phones – and lots of us do – there has to be nearby base stations,” she said.
“They have to be near because they are very low-powered.
“The guidelines to which we comply are there to protect all of us, 24 hours a day, whether you live nearby or not. Proximity to residences is not the issue.
“It is always regrettable if people feel they have not been consulted when they should be. We do work very hard to try and ensure we consult people,
at the very least at ward councillor level.
“We are always happy to address any concern at any stage in the process. As soon as the application goes in, there is an opportunity, as the
residents have taken, to make their views known.
“We have a requirement in a specific area and moving outside that area would not work for us technically.
“We always consider every option. It is only after taking into account all the various elements that we come up with an option that we put forward
as a planning application.”
Details of the application, number 2005/1172, can be seen at the planning department of the Civic Centre on Esher High Street.
By TONY GREEN. 16/06/2005

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Greater London
Mast plans defeated after parents voice safety fears

PLANS for a phone mast were rejected by councillors after long discussions of the potential health risks.
The mast would have stood 50ft above the ground on Sutherland House, Sutherland Road, Walthamstow, a 1950s commercial building bordering on an
industrial area.
However the site is surrounded by residential properties and towers above both Willowfield School and Hillyfield Primary School.
When residents heard of Vodafone's plans during the Easter holidays, they mounted a campaign to fight it, fearing the possible health impact on schoolchildren and women attending a nearby antenatal clinic.
Residents Against the Mast (RAM) collected signatures on a petition and several residents sent individual letters of objection.
Helen Schafer, of Sutherland Road, spoke at the planning committee meeting and said: "I realise I am by no means alone in feeling sceptical about probable
health risks.
"Two schools were not informed by the council and one made its objection to Vodafone clear.
"Many parents of both schools have not been informed and have no clue their children's health is in danger."
Higham Hill councillors Peter Woollcott and Sean Meiszner spoke out against the mast, highlighting the 200 homes planned for the site of the old mill, only
yards away from the proposed mast.
A spokesman for Vodafone claimed the radiation towards nearby schools and homes would be only "a small amount" and complied with Government
guidelines, so the planning committee could not reject the mast on health grounds and rejected it on the basis of adverse visual impact on the area.
Seven councillors rejected the plans and only two voted in favour of the mast.
Waltham Forest Guardian Thursday 23rd June 2005

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Greater London
Masts making us ill

A SCIENTIFIC researcher says residents are being directly affected by high levels of mobile mast radiation found in their homes.
Ingrid Dickenson, director of scientific studies at anti-phone mast group Mast Sanity, recorded high levels of the radiation in four homes near to the 3G mast antennaes in Chislehurst Road, Orpington.
Residents, who have been campaigning for four years to remove the phone mast, say they have been suffering from headaches, sleeplessness and dizziness.
Mrs Dickenson says these symptoms, which also include tinnitus and nose bleeds, are the effects of non-thermal mobile mast radiation.
Susan Green, 40, and her 10-year-old son Christian, have been experiencing the symptoms since the 3G antennaes were put up in March.
They say the link between the masts and their ill health was confirmed a fortnight ago when they were switched off for a week's maintenance and their complaints disappeared.
Mrs Dickenson has been working on phone mast emissions with radiation experts from Europe and America since 1995.
She says the Government's current advice on mobile masts is misguided.
Mrs Dickenson said: "They say mobile phone radiation is not high enough to heat the body so is therefore safe.
"The National Radiological Protection Board is stubbornly refusing to look at the non-thermal effects.
"But non-thermal radiation does have a real effect, with the first symptoms being sleep disturbance, headaches and nosebleeds."
Mrs Green said: "I was not expecting the readings to be sky high. The news is devastating for me and my son."
Her next door neighbour Heather Lewis said: "My family have been suffering from headaches and sleeplessness.
"Mrs Dickenson's readings showed our bedroom was saturated with pulse radiation.
"I'm now going to buy metallic blinds to stop the radiation from coming through the window."
Bromley News Shopper. By Samantha Payne. reprinted 21.06.05
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Greater London
Council will fight phone mast laws

BROMLEY Council is to take on the Government over laws which see mobile phone masts imposed on communities against the wishes of planners.
But campaigners who have fought against the masts in the borough say it is too little too late.
In an official letter to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) the council states its concerns at the "present inability through the planning process to act in the best interests of local residents".
Currently Bromley Council has to follow Government guidelines when granting applications for masts, even if residents are fiercely opposed.
Masts under 15m do not require planning permission, making it difficult to control clusters springing up in residential areas.
It says the 56-day period for councils to consider an application before it is automatically accepted is not enough to carry out adequate consultation within the community.
The letter was prompted by a proposal from Orpington councillor Chris Maines at the council meeting on June 14, who asked the Government publish up-to-date health advice on masts.
He is also calling for planning permission to be required for all but the tiniest signal boosters and public consultation be improved.
Orpington Residents Against Masts (RAM) has welcomed the action but says it should have happened long ago.
Member Sue Green said: "I'm pleased to hear this but it's a case of too little too late. It should have happened four years ago."
The council is also enlisting the help of the borough's MPs.
Orpington MP John Horam said: "This is essential and I will be writing in support of Bromley Council.
"It is wrong masts which are almost 15ft high do not require planning permission."
The independent Stewart Committee, headed by Sir William Stewart in 2000, recommended tighter planning laws as a precaution because the effects of the masts were still unknown.
This was echoed by the new chairman of the committee Professor Lawrie Challis in January, who says the health risk cannot be ruled out because not enough research has been conducted.
By Jolene Hill. This is Local LondonTuesday 21st June 2005

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Greater London
Round two in mast fight to residents

Residents have chalked up a second victory in their fight against mobile phone masts.
People living near the A2 in Arbuthnot Lane, Bexley, were delighted when the council's planning committee turned down an application by Hutchison 3G(UK) for a mast and equipment on a grassed area in Torbrook Close.
Last year they fought off another application from T-Mobile for a mast in Iris Avenue, just the other side of the A2.
On behalf of the residents, Ian Lowe outlined their fears about the effects of microwave radiation from the mast on residents and especially children.
He reminded councillors: "We already have to live with the blight of the A2."
Councillors unanimously rejected the plan without discussion, because the company had not been able to show it was the only viable site and also because of the damage it would do to the street.
11:04am Tuesday 21st June 2005

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London:
Parents win campaign over phone mast

CAMPAIGNERS in Highgate have won their fight to stop a mobile phone mast going up near their children's school.
Mobile phone giant O2 wanted to put a freestanding 12.5m mast on the pavement in Aylmer Road, just 200m from Highgate Primary School
in North Hill.
More than 180 people signed a petition against the proposal and Haringey Council planners refused the application last week.
But parent Andrea Klein, who has a son at the 366-pupil school, said: "The mast has been refused but sadly for the wrong reasons.
It was refused because it is in a conservation area, near Metropolitan Open Land and Transport for London also objected to having it on their pathway.
"It was lucky for us but we are continuing to fight for other reasons, such as health, to be just as valid.
Hampstead and Highgate Express. editorial@hamhigh.co.uk. 17 June 2005

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Dulwich:
Fake trees in London? I think not!

Anger over fake tree mobile phone masts Jun 7 2005
MOBILE phone firms hope to stick two telecom masts in leafy Dulwich - disguised as Cypress trees.
Only a handful of "tree masts" exist in Britain and these would be South London's first.
Residents have scoffed at the idea, saying the plastic foliage would look ridiculous - especially in winter.
Yesterday, protesters voiced their concerns at the proposed site for the trees.
It is the Dulwich Estatesowned Pelo playing field off Gallery Road.
Adrian Hill, chairman of the Dulwich Society, said: "The existing trees are deciduous. They'll lose their leaves.
"It will look ridiculous and the plastic foliage will not blend in.
"We think they're in the wrong place.
"They'll be very prominent."
The masts, from telecom companies Orange and Vodafone, could be up to 60ft tall.
As yet, no formal application has been lodged with Southwark council to install them.

Ideal
John Major, chief executive of the Dulwich Estates, defended the proposal, saying the site was ideal.
"The trustees have formulated a policy over the years to work proactively with communications companies," he said.
"That way we have some say about where the masts go.
"The alternative is that they [telecoms companies] could put masts on pavements or public highways - areas outside our control in Dulwich - close to homes, the school, or the library for example.
"This way we can identify sites that are away from homes and away from the school.
"The Pelo site is one of these."
Orange was the first telecom company in the country to introduce masts disguised as trees.
Currently, manufacturers offer two evergreen models - Scots pines and Cypress.
A company spokeswoman said: "If we were to use an English tree such as an oak, the development would look very out of place during the autumn and winter when the real trees shed their leaves."
By Chris Pragnell, South London Press. Jun 7 2005

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Redbridge:
School fights plan for mobile mast

WORRIED parents claim drivers outside Snaresbrook Primary School will not be able to see children crossing the road if plans for
a mobile phone mast are approved.
Phone company T-Mobile wants to erect a 9.7-metre mast and two base cabinets at the junction of Meadow Walk and Woodford High Road,
200 yards from the gates of the school.
Councillors and parents assembled at the site on Sunday, and conducted their own experiment replicating the impact of the cabinets
which they say demonstrated the danger of the proposals.
Parent Nic Shastri, who has two children at the school, said: "We set up a large cardboard box to the size of the proposed cabinet
and we had four children waiting to cross the road. If you were a driver waiting to turn in you wouldn't have seen them.
"Parents have to walk to school these days because there is a double yellow line in Meadow Walk patrolled by traffic wardens.
We have had three recent deaths in Woodford Road and it's a notorious accident blackspot."
Telecom company Marconi is handling the application for T-Mobile and Wanstead MP Harry Cohen has written to it highlighting the objections.
Headteacher Dennis Murray said he had real concerns. He said: "There are two issues, potential health concerns and where they want to
site it because it could obstruct drivers' vision.
It's a health and safety issue and I can't believe that any company would consider putting one there."
A T-Mobile spokesman said: "T-Mobile understands there sometimes can be concerns when locating base stations in communities.
As part of the pre-consultation process we're considering a number of options in the area and gathering feedback from local concerned parties."
A formal planning application has yet to be submitted to Redbridge Council and Marconi has given residents until May 31 to make comments on the proposals. Write to Jonathan Walton, Marconi APT, Blays House, Wick Road, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey, TW20 OHJ.
This is local London: By Dominic Yeatman dyeatman@london.newsquest.co.uk

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CHINGFORD:
Mobile masts cause concern over health

CHINGFORD is being bombarded with phone mast applications, say local residents.
Fears about the number of phone masts being put up in the area were raised at a North Chingford Community Council meeting.
Local people said they were dismayed when a recent planning application for a mast at Chingford Hatch was rejected by Waltham Forest Council,
only to be overturned on appeal.
They asked if the council could take up the issue on behalf of residents and bring the case to the High Court.
A number of local people said health concerns were their main grievances against phone masts and councillors were asked if the authority
could monitor the levels of signal intensity from the masts.
Last Wednesday council leader Clyde Loakes said that the issue of phone masts was a national problem due to the increasing number
of people using mobile phones.
He said he could not justify using thousands of pounds of council tax money to get a High Court order to overturn planning permission
allowing phone masts to be put up.
Cllr Marion Fitzgerald said: "These masts are going up everywhere but if we took these cases to the High Court they would be shot down
in flames.
"The council is doing as much as it can about it.
"But we need the input of all of you to help us when the applications come through."
By Naomi Wright. This is Local London

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London Underground stations

All 275 London Underground stations are to get full mobile phone coverage within three years.
The decision follows a huge response from telecoms firms interested in installing the technology.
About 65 firms said they may bid for the £150million contract...

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Go online to check how masts affect you

A city MP has urged council chiefs to consider adopting a pioneering scheme which monitors the emissions being pumped from phone masts near homes
and schools.
The initiative, one of the first of its kind in the country, involves a device, known as a Cassiopeia, which will measure the electromagnetic field (EMF) in
parts of the city affected by phone masts.
Results from the Cassiopeia, which is installed by Vodafone, will be displayed in a graph on the council's website.
Families worried about the health effects of masts can check the website to see if they are within health and safety guidelines.
Dr Ian Gibson, MP for Norwich North, said he supported the scheme, which has been launched in Cambridge, and called on Norwich City Council to take
part in a similar scheme.
Sounds to me like it (the council) recognises the needs of people who are suspicious of masts and who will become suspicious of them in the future,
?he said.
“The more data we get the more informed we will become. If there's nothing to hide lets have it, let's be having them.�

Although the monitoring scheme was to be carried out by Vodafone Dr Gibson said it would be better than nothing.

“It's a step in the right direction,� he said. “We have no other regulator prepared to do it at the moment so we should be grateful for this small mercy.�

The Evening News has campaigned against the installation of mobile phone masts near to homes and schools until it is proved they are safe through our Put Masts on Hold campaign.

Hereward Cooke, deputy leader of Norwich City Council, said the council would be supportive of any initiative which would help allay fears about mobile phone masts.
We could certainly ask our communications department to see what lead Cambridge have taken and whether it could be adapted for Norwich's use,? he said.
Thatt will need the co-operation of all the mobile operators for it to be really effective. It will mean that each mast will need have to be well defined so it's known which area it covers.
Mr Cooke said implementing such a scheme in the city would have a number of advantages.
That could help us to set people's minds at rest as to whether they were in a danger area or not,? he said.
Thatt would also fall in line with our wish to share as much technical information as possible and thus try and remove the anxieties that people might feel.?
Graham Barker, 67, from Lloyd Road, Taverham, lives near to a controversial replacement mast on Fakenham Road.
He said he would be favour of the scheme being adopted by councils in the area.
It's a small step in the right direction, a lot of people are concerned about the output from these masts,? he said.
But it would be much better on an independent basis - it's like the phone company policing itself.?
Dr Rob Matthews, from Vodafone who is leading the project in Cambridge, said: Vodafone's sister companies in Greece and Italy have carried out this type
of 24-hour monitoring so we know how well it can work.
But now, thanks to the council, for the first time in this country, residents will able to check EMF levels in their own locality.
PETER WALSH. 31 August 2005 13:46 Norwich Evening News

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Mast families renew calls for research

Families who claim their street has higher than average rates of cancer because of a mobile phone mast looming over their homes today renewed calls for
proper research into health risks from the technology.
Three years ago the Evening News reported how at least six people living in the shadow of a mobile phone mast had developed cancer.
The victims' homes in Furze Road, Thorpe St Andrew were several hundred metres away from the 120ft mast in St Williams Way, and they had all
developed tumours in the previous six years.
Out of the six people featured in our story two have died from the disease and the others called for more research to be carried out into a possible link
between their illnesses and radiation emissions from the antenna.
Three years down the line and families are once again urging more work to be done.
In 2002 Norwich North MP Ian Gibson added his voice to the calls for more research, but today he said that without any more cases, any further
research into the links would be unlikely.
He said: There has been no new research done but there have been no new cases that we know of.
As the people concerned were all suffering from different types of cancer, it would make it hard to link them all to living near to the mast.?
Ivan Bond, 77, of nearby Churchfield Green, was one of the people who called for research three years ago.
He has lived only feet away from the 120ft structure since 1987.
When his wife Olive died shortly after the Evening News investigation three years ago,
there were concerns that her death could have been linked to the mast, but they were never investigated.
More research definitely needs to be done,? he said today.
I know Mr Gibson said it needs more new cases, but these masts are going up all the over the country.
I think research should be done anyway, and it's very frustrating that it hasn't.
The Evening News's Keep Masts On Hold campaign has called for no more masts to be put up near homes or schools until proper research into the
health risks is completed.
In 2001 Norwich families quizzed one of the world's leading experts on the risks of mobile phone masts Sir William Stewart after he was invited to the city.
The Stewart report published in May 2000 recommended planners take into account the possibility of risks to health when allowing new masts to go up.
The mast is owned by Arqiva, formerly NTL, and leased to mobile phone companies.
Arqiva did not wish to comment yesterday (fri).
Three of the four surviving victims were Betty Chaplin and Vera and Leonard Lamb. The fourth did not want to be identified but is still alive.
DAVID BALE Norwich Evening News 24. 13 August 2005
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Norwich :
Dr Ian Gibson campaigning to help on planning

Top-level talks hope for mast protesters
Anti-phone campaigners could be in line for a much-needed boost after a Norwich MP met the Government Minister responsible for masts.
Concerned families throughout Norfolk could find themselves given more of a voice in the future siting of controversial mast applications - if the meeting between Dr Ian Gibson, Norwich North MP, and Housing and Planning Minister Yvette Cooper is anything to go by.
“We're determined to get a new planning law on these masts,” said Dr Gibson, a long time supporter of the Evening News's Put Masts on Hold campaign.
“She seemed very sympathetic to the argument that we need to look at the masts we see and the masts we don't see and that people know all the choices and they play a part in making the choice where it should be.”
The Evening News has called for a halt on the siting of mobile phone masts near homes and schools until it is proved they are safe.
After the meeting in London, which was also attended by a member of the pressure group Mast Action, Dr Gibson said he was told Ms Cooper had agreed to consider a number of issues surrounding masts - including health.
“We made the argument that health had to be considered in any new planning application because now there's inconsistencies and some do and some don't,” he said.
“She said they will have to do something in wake of the Harrogate judgement.”
In November 2004 campaigners were dealt a legal blow after three appeal judges threw out a test case over a decision to allow a mobile phone mast to be installed near three schools.
In June of that year three giant mobile phone firms won a High Court battle for the right to put up the 25 metre mast in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
This was despite health concerns and opposition from Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.
At the Court of Appeal in London Lord Justice Pill Lord Justice Mummery and Lord Justice Laws rejected an appeal against Sir Richard Tucker's ruling.
Dismissing the appeal, Lord Justice Laws said that it was “only in exceptional circumstances” that the planning process should consider perceived health concerns.
Graham Barker, a campaigner who lives on Lloyd Road, Taverham, near a controversial replacement Vodafone mast on Fakenham Road, said he welcomed Ms Cooper's position.
“I hope she's serious and I hope she's not just paying lip service to the protest groups,” he said.
“Anything that can tighten all the regulations and address the health concerns I would welcome absolutely, especially near schools.
There should be far more consultation with the local community.”
A spokesman for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) said: “The Government is aware of public concern about mobile phone masts that are built near schools.
“That is why our planning policy guidance requires that where a base station site is on or near a school, the school must be consulted by both the operator and the local authority.
“The Government is currently reviewing the planning arrangements surrounding telecommunication masts.”
• Are you fighting to stop a mobile phone mast being put up near you? Telephone Evening News reporter Peter Walsh on (01603) 772439 or e-mail peter.walsh@archant.co.uk
02 July 2005 11:00 Norwich Evening News

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Norwich:
Joy for families as mast bid rejected

Families have won their battle to have plans for a mobile phone mast near their homes scrapped.
Proposals to put up a 15-metre mast in Colman Road, Norwich, have been thrown out by planning officers.
More than 500 residents signed up to a campaign against the mast, which was planned by mobile phone giant O2.
Roy Blower, who helped orchestrate the campaign, welcomed the planners' decision.
He said: "I'm pleased that the public have galvanised and we have got a result
"Bearing in mind the amount of opposition there was against this application I'm not surprised at the decision.
"It's good for local families because they did not want the mast here."
Norwich City Council's planning department confirmed the application by O2 had been given delegated refusal, meaning it did not even get to
the stage of going before councillors for approval.
The city council was not able to divulge why the plans had been rejected.
Mr Blower said: "Our main objection was over the potential visual impact of the mast.
"It was going to be about 50ft high — which is about double the size of a house.
"The community was angry about this because three years ago we had to fight against a similar mast at a site just 50 yards from the new one
and that was rejected.
"It would have been a blot on the landscape and we are trying to improve the environment not make it worse."
The site chosen by O2 was a small-planted area near the Moss Pharmacy in Colman Road.
A spokeswoman for O2 said: "We are very disappointed with the decision because this mast would have formed a key part of our network.
"We still need a cell site in the area and we will be making the decision to look elsewhere."
She said because of increased usage of mobile phones more masts had to be put up to help keep up required coverage.
In December 2002 telecommunications company Hutchinson 3G submitted plans to the city council to put up a 13-metre mast next to the
Colman Road Area Housing Office car park.
A petition was raised against the application on the grounds it would have a negative impact of the surroundings, the proposals were
thrown out soon after.
The Evening News has long campaigned for no more mobile phone masts to be sited near homes and schools until research proves they are safe.
Are you trying to stop a mobile phone mast being built near you? Telephone Evening News reporter Peter Walsh on (01603) 772439 or e-mail peter.walsh@archant.co.uk
Norwich Evening News
14 June 2005
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Norwich.
MP welcomes phone mast health risk study

A Norwich MP is demanding tighter regulations for the siting of mobile phone masts after new research claimed people living close to them are exposed to dangerous levels of radiation.
Norwich North MP and cancer expert Ian Gibson today welcomed the latest study by Dr Gerd Oberfeld, an Austrian environmental medicine expert from Salzburg.
It found that radiation levels increased dramatically when people were in rooms close to mobile phone masts.
The study was carried out among 12 volunteers, aged 20 to 78.
It recorded brain waves using an electroencephalogram and when the volunteers were unknowingly exposed to mobile phone masts the levels of radiation increased from 26 microwatts to 3,327 microwatts.
The study found this had a dangerous effect on brainwaves and severely damaged health.
Dr Gibson, who has supported the Evening News's campaign to stop siting masts near schools and homes until it is conclusively proved they are safe, said today: "This is dramatic news. We will need to repeat it with a bigger number of individuals. But I do not find it surprising. The net is closing in on this industry which claims complete safety. I am sure the public will welcome this news and will increase the demands for government intervention on the siting of these masts."
He said he wanted the Government to take notice of the study by Sir William Stewart, which expressed the need to adopt a precautionary principle with regards to the siting.
"In two weeks time I will be meeting Yvette Cooper, the minister with responsibility for this industry and I will be urging her to give a public response to this research," Dr Gibson said.
"The Government has got to give the planning authorities the authority to ban these masts on health grounds," he added.
Karen Barratt, spokeswoman for Mast Sanity, the campaign group for more sensitive siting of phone masts, said: "There are many studies like this which indicate people do suffer ill effects when they are living near phone masts.
"The industry and the Government keep pretending that the evidence is anecdotal or people are suffering psychosomatic effects but nothing could be further from the truth. We have lots of evidence of people suffering ill effects when they don't even know there is a mobile phone mast in the area."
She said there was evidence of cancer clusters around mobile phone masts and the Government was ignoring the matter.
"At the moment there is total planning chaos. The mast phone operators can put them up where they like and local authorities are being bullied into submission to put them up in sensitive areas near to school's and people's homes."
Meanwhile, families in North Walsham are trying to bring legal action against mobile phone operator O2 over the siting of a mast on top of the police station in Yarmouth Road, which they say has caused people's health to deteriorate.
The Put Masts on Hold campaign was launched by the Evening News in December 2000 to stop the installation of mobile phone masts close to homes and schools until their safety was proved.
In September 2003 the Evening News published a map showing the location of every mast in Norwich.
The mobile phone industry has dismissed the findings of the latest study, saying an independent body did not certify the experiment.
Just seen this in the Evening Standard newspaper
Norwich Evening News. 31 May 2005

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Hexham: Tynedale:
PRAISE FOR HELPING TO BLOCK MAST PLAN

CHAMPIONING a bid to block a phone mast being erected on top of Dontino’s nightclub has earned a pat on the back for a Hexham councillor.
Coun. Matty Donnelly was the driving force behind objections to Hutchison 3G UK Ltd’s application for an eight-metre communications mast.
The application was unanimously turned down by members of Tynedale Council’s development control committee at its meeting last month.
At last week’s meeting of Hexham Town Council, the Mayor of Hexham Coun. Barry Pickering, backed by Coun. Colin Moss, said: “I would like to congratulate Coun. Donnelly for all of his hard work on this one. Well done.”
Hexham Courant. Published on Friday, June 17th 2005. By LYNDSEY WRIGHT
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Newcastle
Wayleave and Landlords

Mast can become squatter
Mobile-phone masts are multiplying but shrinking. They are being disguised as chimneys, trees, clocks, windows, drainpipes, even as weather vanes,
all in an effort to meet the demands of planning departments.
The Government has commissioned the University of Reading and Arup to undertake an independent study to assess the impact the Best-Practice Code on
Mobile Phone Network has had since its introduction last September.
This is part of a review of all planning arrangements on masts.
Third-generation mobile-phone masts have smaller cells, and so need to be sited closer to their customers - often within housing, industrial and retail estates. Within five years, there will be about 60,000 sites for these masts.
Operators run the risk of having their licences removed if they do not have substantial coverage (80%) by then.
Landowners and landlords may find themselves with a mast on their land that, once in place, proves tricky to shift.
Telecoms operators require a wayleave to place equipment on land. However, the wayleave can be granted by the occupiers and
"owners of interests" in land, who include tenants, not just the landlord or freeholder.
An occupying tenant can therefore enter into a wayleave agreement with an operator that will bind the landlord. Obviously, landowners need to protect
their property by ensuring the tenant's lease contains a provision requiring the landlord's consent before entering into such an agreement.
Section 96 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 provides that this consent must not be unreasonably withheld.

Hard to remove
However, even if the landlord finds himself with a fait accompli and asks for the apparatus to be removed, the operator has the right to apply for a court
order to confirm its right to be there and to compensate the landlord with cash.
The court will favour the landlord only if it believes his position is harmed more than the public good is served. This has not yet happened.
If you, the landlord, originally gave permission for a wayleave, but want to get rid of it at the end of the term, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise.
Once again, if the operator does not agree to leave, the landlord's only recourse for removal of the apparatus is to make a court application and explain why financial compensation is not adequate and why his interest as owner of the land overrides the stated policy interest of the public in having access to a telecommunication network.
Bear in mind that when granting a wayleave, they can stick for an indefinite period, like superglue, on your land.

Commercial value
As a landlord you should be aware of the value of your land to the mast operators. It is much harder for the operators to find urban sites and they are
more than likely to pay premiums for them in the current climate.
Rent reviews should be index linked and be dependent on the type of equipment proposed.
An operator's ability to share its equipment with others will always be included in the terms it proposes to a landowner, but it is possible to include
this as a factor when determining rent on review and to negotiate a share of income from those others.
You should also take care to limit liability for damage caused by operation of the equipment once in service. The physiological effects of microwave propagation on a wide scale create lurid headlines, but are still not fully understood and liability should be firmly placed where it belongs - with the operator.

Planning permission
Under planning regulations, operators are now required to consult widely on the possibility of using an existing mast or structure before seeking
to put up a new mast.
Although the smaller masts - under 15 metres in height - don't generally require planning permission, the operator still has to submit an application for determination, which the local authority must deal with within 56 days.
If a decision is not made in 56 days, it is approved by default. The authority cannot reject such an application on principle, but only on details of siting and appearance.
These details can include:
* The height of the site in relation to surrounding land;
* The existence of topographical features and natural vegetation;
* The effect on the skyline or horizon;
* The site when observed from any side;
* The site in relation to areas designated locally for their scenic or conservation value;
* The site in relation to other masts, structures or buildings, including buildings of a historical or traditional character;
* The site in relation to homes.
The third-generation mobile phone masts could mean that a landowner's property is continuously engaged for the foreseeable future,
so take great care when contemplating a wayleave agreement.
By Richard Freeman-Wallace, The Journal Newcastle. Jul 6 2005
Richard Freeman-Wallace is head of property at Watson Burton LLP.

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Vicar in church mobile mast row
Mobile phone operators have disputed safety fears about masts
A vicar has angered parishioners by supporting a plan to erect a mobile phone mast on a church spire.
The congregation has collected 500 signatures calling on the church to scrap the plan, which they say is inappropriate at a consecrated site.
But the Rev Elaine Bardwell says the mast at St Michael and All Angels in New Marston, Oxford, would help raise much-needed church funds.
The Oxford diocese says it is a parish matter that must be decided locally.

'Modern church'
Opponents of the plan say they are also concerned about the possible health impact of a mast, although risks have been disputed by mobile phone operators.
Rev Bardwell told the BBC: "We are a modern building, we are a modern church, we live in the real world and we think it is a good place for the mast.
"We have had a series of public meetings and listened to all the views expressed and will be keeping a very close eye on the health and safety issues involved."
Anne Furtado, who lives near the church, said: "More people have signed that petition than go to the church on a Sunday.
"I don't understand how they cannot pay any attention at all to what the people who have signed think."
BBC New Online 31st may 2005

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Mast bid back for decision

Plans to build a 12-metre-high mobile phone mast near playing fields in Bridgnorth are to be considered by town councillors tonight for the second time.
Mobile phone giant Vodafone wants to erect the mast on Mill Street, near Severn Park.
The application is identical to previous plans which were rejected by town councillors and thrown out by the district council's development control
committee back in April.
The original application was rejected on the grounds that it would be detrimental to the visual amenity of the area.
Controversial plans by O2 to erect a phone mast at the Crown Meadow football ground were rejected at the same time.
Shropshire Star 19.07.05
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Montgomeryshire MP Lembit Opik was today hosting a forum on the controversial communications system Tetra at Westminster.
Campaigners from Mid Wales, including groups from Llanidloes and Caersws, were expected to take part in the debate.
It will include expert comments and a chance to voice opinions and concerns about the communications system and mobile phone masts in general.
About 120 people from across the UK have snapped up tickets, including representatives from the Mobile Operators' Association, the Radiation
Research trust, the Health Protection Agency, the Police Federation, TetraWatch, Mast Sanity and CCUK.
Mr Opik was co-chairing the forum alongside Jill Evans MEP, Nick Gibb MP and Ian Gibson MP.
He said the forum would be a three-hour debate on both the technology behind Tetra transmissions and the siting of Tetra masts near population centres.
"We're trying to get to the heart of the questions and issues relating to radiation," said Mr Opik.
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Phone masts shock for county

Here's how to find out where masts are if you don'tknow!
More than 300 mobile phone masts are dotted across the county's towns and villages, a Shropshire Star investigation reveals today.
They can be found at schools, hospitals, farms and businesses all over Shropshire - and the number of masts is rising every month.
Using the new Freedom of Information Act, we asked every council in the area where mobile phone masts are situated.
After trawling through planning registers and hundreds of maps, the Shropshire Star can now give readers a detailed view of the network of masts operating around the county.
Shropshire Star

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Somerset Power to the People
CAMPAIGNERS WIN MOBILE MAST BATTLE

Campaigners have won their battle against plans to put a mobile telephone mast in a residential area near Wells city centre. On Tuesday Mendip
planners announced that they were refusing permission for telecommunications company Hutchison 3G to put a 12 metre high mast on Bath Road.
When the plans were announced, hundreds of outraged residents joined together to oppose the plans, forming a pressure group, collecting signatures
and writing letters to the council.
As a result, planning officers at Mendip District Council received a petition of 575 signatures and addresses and 284 letters protesting against the proposal.
County Councillor for Wells John Osman said: "This decision is a triumph for the people of Wells and a tribute to all those who worked so hard to fight
against it, collecting signatures and writing letters.
"However, we must not think that the fight is over. We can be sure that Hutchison 3G will not stop here and we must keep working to ensure that
any mobile phone masts are sited safely away from schools and residential areas." Planning officer Ken Taylor gave three reasons for refusal.
The proposed site was next to the former service station which currently has planning permission both for the replacement of the garage and for nine
houses to be built on the site.
In his report Mr Taylor said: "It is a material consideration that the housing development on the garage site could be implemented. It is considered that were
this to be constructed the area would be of a predominantly residential nature and the appearance of the proposed mast would have a harmful impact on
the character of the a rea." He also said that if houses were built onthe site then the mast would be directly in front of the entrance which could cause
problems for vehicles entering and leaving.
The third reason for refusal was the anxiety caused to neighbouring residents by the possible adverse health effects caused by the mobile telephone mast.
Mr Taylor said: "The anxiety that would be caused by the possible adverse health effects of the technology associated with the proposed installation would significantly diminish the living conditions for people occupying residential properties in close proximity to the site.
"This harm outweighs the need for the proposed installation, particularly as it has not been demonstrated why the proposed installation is only required to
provide coverage for a particular part ofWells and why other sites with a lesser impact upon people's living conditions cannot be utilised to accommodate
the applicant's network coverage requirements."
Wells Journal, Somerset wells@midsomnews.co.uk 19 August 2005
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Bath O2 FIGHTS BID TO MONITOR RADIO WAVES

Mobile phone giant O2 is lobbying Bath and North East Somerset Council in an effort to scrap a rule which says it must monitor radio waves near a prestigious Bath college. The telecommunications firm has three antennae on the roof of Multiyork furniture store in York Place, off London Road.
The company was granted permission for the masts in 2004, but planners said the company must hire an independent expert to monitor the site.
O2 said this was highly irregular, and has appealed to planning inspectors at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) to overturn the decision.
Company spokesman Jim Stevenson said: "It is an unusual condition to place on us. We do not know about it being placed on any other company anywhere
in the country.
"It is to ensure we fall within the international standards, which we do anyway, so it is totally unnecessary. If they continue to do it, they will have more
than O2 appealing against it."
In 2003, phone giant, Vodafone was granted planning permission for three pole-mounted antennae on the same roof site, which is next to The Porter Butt
pub and near Norland College.
The college, whose nanny graduates are favoured by the rich and famous, objected amid fears about the long-term impact on the brain from exposure to
mobile phone waves and 3G technology.
This July, planners gave the green light to Hutchinson 3G for a base station with two flagpoles, antenna and a dish on the same site.
A council planning officer said planners were looking to impose the condition on all future planning applications for telecommunications equipment as part
of its draft plan.
Anyone wishing to comment on the appeal should write to The Planning Inspectorate, 3/25 Hawk Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square,
Temple Quay, Bristol, B31 6PN, quoting reference APP/F0114/05/A/1186745 by Wednesday, September 21.
Bath Chronicle. - 19 August 2005
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RESIDENTS FORM GROUP TO FIGHT PHONE MAST PLANS

Outraged Wells residents have vowed to fight plans to put a mobile telephone mast at the top of Bath Road. It was standing room only in St Thomas's
Church Hall on Friday evening when about 150 people turned out to have their say and ask a Mendip District Council planning officer questions about the proposal.
Mobile telecommunications company Hutchinson 3G want to put a 12-metre high mast on a small piece of grass next to the former garage site, but nearby residents are up in arms about the proposal, saying that it is too close to houses and schools.
Hutchinson 3G declined an invitation to send a representative to the meeting, but did agree to answer any questions posed in writing and said that they
would be happy to consider other sites as long as the coverage would not be affected.
At the meeting Mendip planning officer Matt Williams explained that because the mast is less than 15-metres high it does not need planning permission,
but that the applicants must still submit an application and planning officers do have the authority to recommend that the application be refused.
However, he went on to tell the crowd that any reasons for refusal must be based on "sound planning grounds", and that these are fairly limited.
When considering an application, an officer considers the operational need, visual amenity, health effects and the impact on neighbours' living conditions
and highway safety before making his decision.
Mr Williams said that in the case of mobile telephone masts applicants must look into mast sharing, or putting the mast next to another one wherever
possible and that if it is decided that there will be some level of visual impact then the council will balance the need against the harmful effect.
He also explained to what extent health issues could be considered.
He said: "If it is stated in an application that the mast would comply with international guidelines then local planning authorities should not consider the health effects further, and this is stated in this application.
"But, although an application cannot be refused on the basis that we do not know what the health risks are, it can be refused on the perceived health
effects and the impact that the anxiety has on people's living conditions." The residents were then given the opportunity to ask questions, which ranged
from the possibility of sharing existing sites with other telecommunication providers, to the possible effects on television reception.
Ward councillor Simon Davies said: "I strongly advise people who have concerns to write to the planning officer.
"You cannot think that someone else will do it." Ward councillor Roy Mackenzie said: "I told Mendip District Council that there would be concerns and
questioned the need and said that if I took part in the decision-making process I would listen to all sides." Eveyone seemed to agree that they would fight
the proposal, with one angry resident saying: "We will not let this rest.
"If it goes through then we will make life very difficult for them." Some of the residents have decided to form a group, Wells Householders Against Masts
(WHAM) to fight the application.
All letters must be received by Mendip District Council by August 10, and planning officers will make their decision by August 24.
County Councillor John Osman, who chaired the meeting, said: "I am concerned about the proposed location of this application.
"Surely there are better alternative sites that are further away from residential areas and the local school."
Wells Journal Somerset. 04 August 2005 wells@midsomnews.co.uk
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DELIGHT AS MAST DECISION IS DELAYED

Residents fighting a company's plans to make additions to a telecommunications mast near their homes say they are encouraged by a decision to delay
the application. West Dorset District Council planning official Andrew Jordan had supported the proposal by NTL Broadcast to add two vertical polls to the
present 17.8-metre high mast in Stonebarrow Lane, Charmouth.
The application to the district council, on behalf of O2 Airwave, is for the installation of Tetra, a nationwide communications system for the emergency
services.
However, members of the council's development control west committee meeting decided last Thursday to defer the decision because of a lack of
technical information regarding the possible effect on TV reception if the permanent Tetra station gets the go-ahead.
Councillor Ian Gardner's proposal that the committee makes a site visit before any decision was made was also supported by the councillors.
Residents were furious at plans to make the additions to the mast, which they have been fighting to have moved.
They formed an action group STAMP - Stonebarrow Against Mast Proximity - to battle for the mast to be shifted away from their homes.
They claim it is a blot on the landscape in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the World Heritage Coast.
The residents confronted the planners at the packed meeting and suggested an alternative site for the entire mast further up the lane, which they claim is technically and visually superior to the present one.
STAMP member Barbara Collins said: "This application has completely failed to look at the alternative site, it is in an incredibly sensitive location, near an
area of outstanding natural beauty and on the World Heritage Coast."
Stonebarrow residents' association chairman Phillip Morgan-Smith said: "We also suffer a lot from the noise of the cooling fans located alongside the mast.
At a different location these would not be so near the houses."
One resident read a letter from her seven-year-old son. He said: "Dear Mr Jordan I love the countryside and the area where I live, but this mast is very ugly.
"My mum and dad said there is a better place it can be moved to and I hope you will move it there."
But Mr Jordan told councillors Government guidelines meant that mast sharing should be utilised in order to limit the proliferation of additional masts
within the countryside, unless other material reasons outweigh such a consideration.
"Such consideration is limited to the visual assessment of the development.
As stated, the visual impact is considered to be acceptable and there is no material justification for the mast sharing policy to be overridden."
Mr Jordan also reminded councillors they were not there to look into alternatives, but decide on that application on its merits.
Speaking afterwards, resident Ali Cameron said: "It is a step in the right direction I am pleased the councillors could see our problem and were keen to
address the issues and not just sweep it through."
The Western Gazette Somerset. 28 July 2005
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ELMBRIDGE: COUNCIL 'NO' TO MAST PLAN

ELMBRIDGE Council has stopped a 12-metre phone mast being erected on land near to Somerset Close in Hersham.
In June, telecoms operator Vodafone sent the council a notice of its intention to erect a column supporting three antennae and an equipment cabin near
to dozens of homes.
Full planning permission is not needed for any phone mast less than 15 metres tall. Operators must notify the council where they intend to put up a mast,
which then gives the opportunity for the council to refuse prior approval.
Objectors were notified of the council decision on Tuesday. Tara Howland, who was involved in the protest, told the news & Mail:
“I’m very pleased, however I feel it’s just we may have won the battle but we may not have won the war.
“They can now go to appeal and that appeal. It’s a question of waiting to see what Vodafone’s next move is. I’m very, very pleased that that initial application
has been turned down but I’m not naïve enough to think it’s the end of the story but we will keep on battling.”
21/07/2005 Molesey News and Mail
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PHONE FIRM DECIDES IT'S NOT MUCH GOOD TO TALK

A Mobile phone company has been given a bad reception by residents, councillors and planning officers after it refused to hold a public meeting into
its plans for a new antenna at Twerton Park football ground. Last week members of Bath and North East Somerset Council's Bath South local committee reluctantly gave the green light for mobile phone operator Orange to install the mast on a floodlight at the ground after being informed the company had met
all of its legal obligations and there were no planning grounds for refusal.
But residents and councillors are angry that the company refused to meet them face-to-face before the planning meeting to answer their safety concerns.
They claim that Orange had previously made a commitment to do so.
A decision on the application was initially put off by the local committee last month so that Orange could be asked to hold a public meeting and further
consultation. Cllr Tim Ball (Lib Dem, Twerton), who lives near the site, said Orange's decision not to hold a meeting contradicted promises which the
company had made in letters to ward councillors.
Cllr Ball and other Twerton residents now feel let down by the company.
He said: "Where is the public meeting in Twerton? Orange don't want it now, although they told councillors if they requested one they would have one."
He said the company should have looked for other sites for the mast, because there was already a large number of antennae on the Twerton Park
floodlight and he feared the concentration was interfering with domestic electrical equipment and was a potential health risk.
Mik Phelps, chairman of the Twerton Community Safety Action Group and a qualified electrical engineer, said residents were concerned that antennae
on the site were causing interference to televisions and other electrical equipment in nearby homes.
But at last week's meeting, senior Bath a
North East Somerset planning officer Geoff Webber said industry regulator Ofcom thought it unlikely antennae would cause interference.
He added that although Orange was one of several mobile phone companies to have signed up to a voluntary code of conduct known as the
'ten commitments', which includes a commitment to public consultation, the code had no legal standing.
He said: "In terms of statutory process, the fact that there have been shortcomings in the manner the applicants have approached these particular
proposals is really neither here nor there."
Orange has declined to comment specifically on the Twerton Park application, but said that public meetings often achieved little.
A spokesman for the company said: "In our experience, public meetings generally allow a lot of shouting and not progress forwards on particular schemes.
"What we tend to prefer are small, more focused meetings involving one or two individuals, councillors or school governors."
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02 and ANOTHER unlawful mast
Furore over phone mast

TAUNTON residents are livid because a mobile phone mast, thought to have had planning consent denied, is being built.
Mobile phone service provider O2 sent workmen to Shoreditch Road to start work on the 15-metre mast on Tuesday morning.
Surprised homeowners told engineers work could not continue because Taunton Deane Council had refused permission for the mast in February.
O2 denied this and told the workmen to continue.
But a spokesperson for the council said: "The planning authority at the council refused consent to O2's request for the erection of a telephone mast
at Shoreditch Road on February 14, 2005."
For the full story, see this week's Somerset County Gazette.
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Bath

PHONE ANTENNAE LIKELY AT GROUND
Another tragedy waiting to happen

A Controversial plan to site more mobile phone antennae at Bath City Football Club looks set be approved.
Campaigners had opposed proposals to erect a new mast at the Twerton Park football ground, but now even more telecommunications equipment
could be added.

Mobile phone giant Orange wants to attach three more high-powered aerials and a dish on to floodlights at Twerton Park.

Permission was originally given in 2002 to replace the north west floodlight tower and attach six antennae and four transmission dishes.

But now Bath and North East Somerset Council's Bath South local committee has been recommended to approve the extra equipment when they
meet on Tuesday.

Objections to the plan include a 41-name petition, which was signed by nearby residents and parents of children who attend First Steps Centre,
which is 100 metres from the tower.

Campaigners say the antennae will be too close to people's homes - including sheltered accommodation - and fear property prices could drop.

There are four mobile phone base stations already at the football ground, according to communications watchdog Ofcom.

Paul Williams, chief executive of the football club, said: "The application has been made by Orange and the type of equipment they use is up to them
all we do is give them a rental space at the ground.

"They had looked at various sites and decided that ours was suitable.

"Mobile phones are a thing of the future - everyone has them so the mast has to go somewhere in order for the reception to be available."

Another nearby resident who complained asked about the potential for the mast to interfere with electronic household items.
The resident also asked if there had been enough publicity around the application.

The council officer's report into the application said: "This resident has received a response and confirmation that the publicity of this application is
in accordance with statutory requirement and council policy.
BY LAURA MATLESS Bath Chronocle. - 07 July 2005
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Bath:
MAST PROTESTERS EARN MINOR VICTORY

A Residents' campaign to stop a mobile phone mast being erected in the heart of their community has scored a minor victory. Councillors last night delayed
a decision on whether to allow phone company Hutchinson 3G to site the mast above the Smile shop on Bear Flat.
Members of Bath and North East Somerset Council's Bath south local committee argued that inadequate research had been done into whether the mast
could be located elsewhere, and said more time should be spent examining whether Hutchinson could share the same site as a rival phone company.
Although protesters were relieved that a decision on the application had been deferred, they said after the meeting that they were braced to continue
their battle.
The campaigners claim that Hutchinson's proposed mast would be too close to homes.
They celebrated earlier this year when an application for the same site by phone company O2 was withdrawn when the company agreed to work
on a plan for a mast site in nearby Alexandra Park.
Within months Hutchinson 3G had submitted its application for the same Smile site on Wellsway.
Last night, it was Hutchinson's scheme that came in for scrutiny.
Cllr David Bellotti (Lib Dem, Lyncombe) criticised the council's officers for the report they had provided for councillors.
He said it failed to examine whether Hutchinson could share a mast with O2, and he criticised the council's attempts at public consultation.
He said the decision on the mast should be deferred until all options had been researched.
Cllr Marian McNeir (Lib Dem, Lyncombe) praised the opponents of the scheme.
She said: "If we cannot listen to our residents on this, we would not be respecting them in the way that we should.
"There is the possibility of mast-sharing."
Geoff Webber, the area development control manager for B &NES, defended the officers involved in the report and told councillors they were
being asked to judge the 3G application solely on its own merits.
Councillors voted to defer a decision on the application for a maximum of three months.
Protester Maureen Armstrong-James, who spoke against the application, said after the meeting:
"I don't like the idea of putting a mast in Alexandra Park. I think masts should go on the outskirts of the city."
She said she had polled more than 1,000 people in the Bear Flat area, and 98 per cent of them had objected to the scheme.
Fellow campaigner Margaret Stewart said: "Those of us who need to be are at these meetings but when the time is right we'll be able to
marshal thousands to stand up and object to this development.
"We won't be pushed about."
Bath Chronicle. 13 July 2005
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Bath:
PHONE ANTENNAE LIKELY AT GROUND

Another tragedy waiting to happen
A Controversial plan to site more mobile phone antennae at Bath City Football Club looks set be approved. Campaigners had opposed proposals to
erect a new mast at the Twerton Park football ground, but now even more telecommunications equipment could be added.
Mobile phone giant Orange wants to attach three more high-powered aerials and a dish on to floodlights at Twerton Park.
Permission was originally given in 2002 to replace the north west floodlight tower and attach six antennae and four transmission dishes.
But now Bath and North East Somerset Council's Bath South local committee has been recommended to approve the extra equipment when they meet on Tuesday.
Objections to the plan include a 41-name petition, which was signed by nearby residents and parents of children who attend First Steps Centre,
which is 100 metres from the tower.
Campaigners say the antennae will be too close to people's homes - including sheltered accommodation - and fear property prices could drop.
There are four mobile phone base stations already at the football ground, according to communications watchdog Ofcom.
Paul Williams, chief executive of the football club, said: "The application has been made by Orange and the type of equipment they use is up to them -
all we do is give them a rental space at the ground.
"They had looked at various sites and decided that ours was suitable.
"Mobile phones are a thing of the future - everyone has them so the mast has to go somewhere in order for the reception to be available."
Another nearby resident who complained asked about the potential for the mast to interfere with electronic household items.
The resident also asked if there had been enough publicity around the application.
The council officer's report into the application said: "This resident has received a response and confirmation that the publicity of this application is
in accordance with statutory requirement and council policy.
BY LAURA MATLESS Bath Chronocle. 07 July 2005
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Bath:

A Residents' campaign to stop a mobile phone mast being erected in the heart of their community has scored a minor victory.
Councillors last night delayed a decision on whether to allow phone company Hutchinson 3G to site the mast above the Smile shop on Bear Flat.
Members of Bath and North East Somerset Council's Bath south local committee argued that inadequate research had been done into whether the mast
could be located elsewhere, and said more time should be spent examining whether Hutchinson could share the same site as a rival phone company.
Although protesters were relieved that a decision on the application had been deferred, they said after the meeting that they were braced to continue
their battle.
The campaigners claim that Hutchinson's proposed mast would be too close to homes.
They celebrated earlier this year when an application for the same site by phone company O2 was withdrawn when the company agreed to work on
a plan for a mast site in nearby Alexandra Park.
Within months Hutchinson 3G had submitted its application for the same Smile site on Wellsway.
Last night, it was Hutchinson's scheme that came in for scrutiny.
Cllr David Bellotti (Lib Dem, Lyncombe) criticised the council's officers for the report they had provided for councillors.
He said it failed to examine whether Hutchinson could share a mast with O2, and he criticised the council's attempts at public consultation.
He said the decision on the mast should be deferred until all options had been researched.
Cllr Marian McNeir (Lib Dem, Lyncombe) praised the opponents of the scheme.
She said: "If we cannot listen to our residents on this, we would not be respecting them in the way that we should.
"There is the possibility of mast-sharing."
Geoff Webber, the area development control manager for B &NES, defended the officers involved in the report and told councillors they were
being asked to judge the 3G application solely on its own merits.
Councillors voted to defer a decision on the application for a maximum of three months.
Protester Maureen Armstrong-James, who spoke against the application, said after the meeting: "I don't like the idea of putting a mast in Alexandra Park.
I think masts should go on the outskirts of the city."
She said she had polled more than 1,000 people in the Bear Flat area, and 98 per cent of them had objected to the scheme.
Fellow campaigner Margaret Stewart said: "Those of us who need to be are at these meetings but when the time is right we'll be able to marshal
thousands to stand up and object to this development.
"We won't be pushed about."
Bath Chronicle. 13 July 2005
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Bath:
PHONE MAST PLANNED IN BUSY HOUSING AREA

A 12-metre communications mast could be put up in one of Wells' busiest residential areas. Telecommunications company 3 are in the process of getting
their hands on a site on or near St Thomas Street and at the moment the disused petrol station on Bath Road is top of their list of potential locations.
The telecommunications equipment that they wish to install comprises a 12-metre high slimline monopole, painted to match the streetlamps in the area,
incorporating three antennae and a 20cm transmission dish.
The plans have not yet been formally submitted to Mendip District Council, but a consultation document has been given to Wells City Council asking for their comments on the proposal.
The company 3 say that this site has been chosen because "it provides the required level of coverage for this mainly residential area" and "the siting and
design maximises the distances from as many residential properties as possible and also maintains the space between existing street lamps".
They claim that the design of the mast will minimise the visual and environmental impact on the surrounding area, but at 12-metres high it will be
considerably taller than the neighbouring streetlamps.
Seven alternative sites in the vicinity have been considered and discounted.
St Thomas's Church was deemed unsuitable because it would require development in a conservation area, and two locations on the former hospital
site were also dismissed for the same reason.
Consideration was given to sites on either side of the entrance to Hawkers Lane but the tall trees on one side would have interfered with the coverage
and the on the other side it would be too close to a house.
A site on the open grassed land on Woodbury Avenue was discounted because the installation would be too prominent and a location on the western
side of the entrance to the former garage site could not be used because the bus stop and street lamp meant that there was not enough space for the
equipment.
Last week Wells City Council's planning committee decided that they needed more information before commenting on the proposal and questioned the
necessity for it to be situated in the St Thomas area at all.
Mayor of Wells Norman Kennedy said: "The document they gave us was a waste of time.
"It left too many questions unanswered." Health risks relating to mobile telephones have been hitting the headlines recently.
Wells county councillor John Osman expressed his concerns about the potential dangers.
He said: "I am deeply concerned about this application going forward.
"It is too close to homes and I remain to be convinced that an installation such as this will pose no danger." But 3 say that emissions from this type of
installation meet the guidelines for public exposure set by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection and as such will pose no
danger to neighbouring residents.
What do you think of this proposal?
Write to the Wells Journal at Southover, Wells, BA5 1UH or e-mail editor@midsomnews.co.ik .
This is Somerset. - 30 June 2005

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Bath:
MOBILE PHONE GIANT LOSES MAST APPEAL

A Mobile phone company has failed to overturn a council's decision to reject a plan for a 30-metre mast in a village near Bath. Telecommunications giant Orange has lost its appeal against the ruling by Bath and North East Somerset Council.
The firm had applied for permission to build the slimline tower, six antennae, four dish antennae and six equipment cabins on land at Shockerwick Farm, Box Road, Bathford.
Bathford Parish Council objected to the scheme, saying it would detract significantly from the natural beauty and unspoilt character of the area, and 12 letters of opposition were sent by local residents.
The application was refused by B &NES councillors at a meeting in September 2004 on the grounds that the mast would spoil the appearance of the rural area, which is in the Green Belt.
And a Government planning inspector has now dismissed the appeal, agreeing the proposal would be inappropriate in the Green Belt. The inspector also said the structure would introduce a noticeable and intrusive urban feature, detracting from the landscape.
He accepted the need for further network coverage in the area, and that some searching for alternatives had been carried out.
But he concluded it was inadequate, and that the need did not outweigh the harm that would be caused.
The inspector added that the case for very special circumstances had not been proved.
Bath Chronicle 28.06.05
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Wells
The "guidelines safety"speach again!
PHONE MAST PLANNED IN BUSY HOUSING AREA


A 12-metre communications mast could be put up in one of Wells' busiest residential areas. Telecommunications company 3 are in the process of getting
their hands on a site on or near St Thomas Street and at the moment the disused petrol station on Bath Road is top of their list of potential locations.
The telecommunications equipment that they wish to install comprises a 12-metre high slimline monopole, painted to match the streetlamps in the area, incorporating three antennae and a 20cm transmission dish.
The plans have not yet been formally submitted to Mendip District Council, but a consultation document has been given to Wells City Council asking for their comments on the proposal.
The company 3 say that this site has been chosen because "it provides the required level of coverage for this mainly residential area" and
"the siting and design maximises the distances from as many residential properties as possible and also maintains the space between existing
street lamps".
They claim that the design of the mast will minimise the visual and environmental impact on the surrounding area, but at 12-metres high it will be
considerably taller than the neighbouring streetlamps.
Seven alternative sites in the vicinity have been considered and discounted.
St Thomas's Church was deemed unsuitable because it would require development in a conservation area, and two locations on the former
hospital site were also dismissed for the same reason.
Consideration was given to sites on either side of the entrance to Hawkers Lane but the tall trees on one side would have interfered with the coverage
and the on the other side it would be too close to a house.
A site on the open grassed land on Woodbury Avenue was discounted because the installation would be too prominent and a location on the western
side of the entrance to the former garage site could not be used because the bus stop and street lamp meant that there was not enough space for
the equipment.
Last week Wells City Council's planning committee decided that they needed more information before commenting on the proposal and questioned the
necessity for it to be situated in the St Thomas area at all.
Mayor of Wells Norman Kennedy said: "The document they gave us was a waste of time.
"It left too many questions unanswered." Health risks relating to mobile telephones have been hitting the headlines recently.
Wells county councillor John Osman expressed his concerns about the potential dangers.
He said: "I am deeply concerned about this application going forward.
"It is too close to homes and I remain to be convinced that an installation such as this will pose no danger."
But 3 say that emissions from this type of installation meet the guidelines for public exposure set by the International Commission on
Non-Ionising Radiation Protection and as such will pose no danger to neighbouring residents.
What do you think of this proposal?
Write to the Wells Journal at Southover, Wells, BA5 1UH or e-mail editor@midsomnews.co.ik .
This is Somerset 30 June 2005

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RISKS OF MASTS ARE SHOWN IN RESEARCH

I applaud the Norton-Radstock town councillors who have rejected plans for a mobile phone mast in First Avenue, Westfield. However, it is a
shame that Cllrs Flyff McLaren and Rob Appleyard supported the plans and fail to understand the health risks associated with the electromagnetic
radiation emitted from these masts.
They are wrong to suggest there is no evidence of health risks.
Independent research regularly proves this technology is unsafe.
Look at the Mast Sanity website for all the evidence.
Cllr Appleyard also fails to understand that the harm from these masts does not come from the power or the heating effect of these emissions.
The concern is the biological effect on the body, the ability to alter human cells.
Brainwave patterns pulse on a similar frequency to the low-level radiation emitted by these masts.
Independent research shows that it is this pulsing frequency of the radiation emitted that causes headaches, sleep disturbance,
rashes and fatigue.
More worryingly, it also reduces melatonin, the cancer fighting hormone, being released from the pineal gland.
This is why there are ill-health clusters around these masts.
Comparing mast emissions to those from satellite dishes and television aerials is preposterous because their emissions are not pulsed.
Current International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines were adopted by government in 1992, in the
technology's infancy, after subjecting animals to 20 minutes of mast electromagnetic radiation and then pronouncing it safe to humans.
These guidelines are set 9,000 times too high - human cells start to be affected at 9,000 times below the current limit.
JOHN ELLIOTT. Westons Brake, Bristol
This is Somerset. 30 June 2005

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Glastonbury:
Now 02 abuse nesting birds!

JACKDAWS FIND THEY'VE GOT A MOBILE HOME
STOWAWAY jackdaw babies travelled 200 miles by road to Balcombe in a nest built on top of a mobile phone mast disguised as a tree.
Mobile phone operator O2 decided to move the 100ft mast, modelled in the style of a tree from Glastonbury, Somerset.
But they did not realise the babies were in a nest at the top of it until workers started to erect it in Peters Wood in Balcombe on Sunday evening.
RSPCA animal collection officer Steve Wickham was briefly baffled when called out.
He said: "I could not believe it when the call came through that a 100ft tree had moved down here from Glastonbury with a birds nest in it –
it sounded so ridiculous until I realised it was a mobile phone mast.
"I have not seen anything like this before, it is really unusual.
I can't believe they stayed in the nest all the way to West Sussex."
It took ACO Wickham 45 minutes on Monday to save the babies, whose mother is believed to still be in Somerset.
They were taken to RSPCA Patcham Animal Centre in Brighton, before being transferred to a specialist wildlife unit.
Mid Sussex Times 160605 June 2005
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Hersham.Elmbridge: People rage about planning laws

MOBILE MAST SPARKS HEALTH FEARS
PLANS to install a phone mast near to homes have sparked a protest from dozens of families concerned about the health risk to their children.
Telecommunications company Vodafone sent Elmbridge Council details of their intention to erect a 12-metre mast on land by Somerset Close in
Hersham, near two blocks of flats and several houses.
The site is just yards away from the spot where T-Mobile wanted to erect a 10-metre mast on the roundabout at Queens Road in Hersham.
That application was not approved but T-mobile has lodged an appeal against the council’s decision.
Because of the planning laws surrounding mobile phone masts, applications cannot be rejected on the basis of health concerns.
The council has already received 50 letters of objection about the Vodafone mast.
Mum Tara Howland told the News & Mail: “Nobody I have spoken to wants it and we are all concerned about the health risks although they aren’t something the council can take into consideration.”
Masts less than 15 metres tall do not need full planning permission.
Mobile phone operators only need to give the council prior notification.
If the council objects within eight weeks, permission is refused, but the authority can only do this on the grounds of the mast’s
location and appearance.
“Residents are completely outraged,” said Tara. “Vodafone haven’t considered other sites away from people’s homes and they
haven’t considered mast sharing.
“We were surprised to have a minimum of 21 days to object.
They just put a notice up on the post a couple of months ago saying they were considering putting in an application, but nobody has
been contacted since. It was the council that contacted me once the application was sent in.
“There are lots and lots of families in this area,” she said. “The residents and the whole community just do not want these masts in
and around our village. If the Government is advising that masts should not be put up near schools, why put one near to where
my daughter will be sleeping 10 to 12 hours a night?”
A Vodafone spokeswoman said the proposal was designed to improve their network signal in the area.
“In order for people to use mobile phones – and lots of us do – there has to be nearby base stations,” she said.
“They have to be near because they are very low-powered.
“The guidelines to which we comply are there to protect all of us, 24 hours a day, whether you live nearby or not.
Proximity to residences is not the issue.
“It is always regrettable if people feel they have not been consulted when they should be.
We do work very hard to try and ensure we consult people, at the very least at ward councillor level.
“We are always happy to address any concern at any stage in the process. As soon as the application goes in, there is an opportunity,
as the residents have taken, to make their views known.
“We have a requirement in a specific area and moving outside that area would not work for us technically.
“We always consider every option. It is only after taking into account all the various elements that we come up with an option that we put
forward as a planning application.”
Details of the application, number 2005/1172, can be seen at the planning department of the Civic Centre on Esher High Street.
16/06/2005 Walton news and Mail. By TONY GREEN
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Bristol: MOBILE PHONE MAST PLANNED FOR CITY ZOO

Bristol Zoo has unveiled plans to allow a mobile phone mast to be installed in its grounds.
Bradley Stoke-based mobile firm Orange wants to put the transmitter on top of a building near the zoo's reptile house, near the Northcote Road entrance.
The zoo says it will consider comments from neighbours before making a final decision.
But some visitors the Evening Post spoke to about the plans questioned the zoo's suitability as a site for a mast.
Despite assurance from the industry that the masts are safe, doubts remain over their potential health effects.
Preliminary drawings posted outside the zoo show that the transmitter would be located on top of a building not used to house animals,
behind cladding to minimise the visual impact the tall structure may have. Zoo spokeswoman Heather Holve, said:
"We can confirm that we have been contacted by Orange about putting a mobile phone transmitter within our walls.
"We have sent out letters to all the local residents and have posted copies of the plans outside the zoo.
"Things are still at a very early stage at the moment, and depending on the views and opinions of local people the zoo will consider renting space to Orange."
Orange spokesman, Richard Bryman, said: "In an arrangement with the zoo, a full planning application will be submitted to Bristol city council's planning department in the near future.
"The transmitter site has been proposed because Orange has identified a weakness in the local network coverage.
"The proposed site will increase coverage within the zoo and the surrounding areas. All calls made on mobile phones are routed through transmitters,
which are designed to be very low powered and have a very short range.
"If they are too far away from where people live and work then they are of little use."
When the Post spoke to visitors at the zoo, Sarah Ubhi, a 34-year-old mother of two from St Andrews, said: "I would protest about it if it came down to it,
as I don't think it is suitable, especially when there are children around.
"There are also the animals to consider - we don't know how it would harm them having to live there the whole time."
Catherine Wilson, aged 28, from Bishopston, said she might reconsider her zoo membership if the plans go ahead.
She said: "The zoo is a lovely place to visit, and this would not be good for the environment.
"If there is any potential risk then it should be avoided especially as there are children and young families involved.
"When the decision is made I will have to think about whether to renew my membership."
This is Bristol. BY KIRSTY PUGH - 09 June 2005

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