Campaigners blast phone mast plan

19 October 2006

RESIDENTS are mounting a massive campaign against plans to put up a mobile phone mast near to two schools and a care home.

Protesters living in and around Scotts Lane, Shortlands are joining forces against Orange over its application for a telecommunications pole and cabinet at a site in the road.

The mast would be near Jasondean nursing home and Clare House Primary school, both in Oakwood Avenue, as well as Highfield Junior School, in South Hill Road.

Campaigner Peter Amato said: "We are trying to get as many people as possible to send in objection letters. These applications are becoming quite an epidemic.

"This mast will adversely affect the character and appearance of the area and have a huge impact on the lives of local residents. It will be there 24 hours a day, seven days a week, there will be no escaping it.

"It's a very green area and no matter what colour they paint the mast it's going to look really out of place."

The residents are hoping the application will be referred to a planning committee for further consideration.

Mr Amato added: "I find it hard to imagine having to live with the constant worry and fear it is going to cause, and its unsightliness will be a permanent reminder." He also questioned whether phone operators consider sharing masts before building new ones.

Residents have until Monday, October 23 to submit their views on the application.

A spokesman for Orange said: "Mobile phone technology is extremely low powered and therefore has to be located close to the demand - where people live, work and use their mobile phones. It is, therefore, not unusual or exceptional for base stations to be located in populated areas since that is where you will find the highest level of demand.

"The proposed site in Scotts Lane is a mock telegraph pole. The design has been specifically chosen as it will greatly minimise the visual impact by complimenting the existing street scene.

"In terms of health, residents can be assured that Orange fully complies with the robust public exposure guidelines in place."

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

A recent World Health Organisation ruling found there was no convincing evidence that 'weak' signals from base stations cause health problems.

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


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