Petition protest at mobile mast plan

CONCERNED residents are petitioning against a mobile phone mast planned for farm land near primary schools and homes.

Residents formed the Grimsargh Mast Opposition Action Group to counter O2’s plans for the 20m mast on Dixon Farm, Whittingham Lane, and will lobby the application at the next council planning meeting.

The residents fear that mobile phone masts may one day be linked with outbreaks of illness.

Barbara Gardner, head teacher of Alston Lane Catholic Primary, Preston Road, Longridge, said: “We are just across the fields from it, within one mile, and it is a concern. We don’t have evidence that it’s not dangerous. Why take a chance?”

Owner of Dixon Farm, Richard Mason, said: “It’s all down to O2 and the planners, we know nothing about it. If it goes ahead then it goes ahead.”

He refused to comment on whether he stood to receive a payout for the use of his land.

Anne McCracken, communications manager for O2 in the north, said the construction of the mast would be to respond to increased demand in the area and was completely safe. She said: “We can reassure them that there has been a lot of stuff published about mobile phone base stations and we are confident of its safety.

“There have been hundreds of studies by the World Health Organisation and academics which have found, as long as they operate within the national guidelines, they pose no risk.”

Omega read "Base Stations, operating within strict national and international Guidelines, do not present a Health Risk?" under: //omega.twoday.net/stories/771911/

A spokesman for the Mobile Operators Association said the most recent review in the UK found exposure levels are extremely low and overall evidence indicates they are unlikely to pose a risk to human health.

Omega this is not true. See under:
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//omega.twoday.net/search?q=Cancer+Cluster
//www.buergerwelle.de/body_science.html


The petition is available to sign at the post office and the Plough Public House in Grimsargh, or contact Helen Hawks on 01772 653364.

30 May 2006

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