A FATHER and son fear a 20ft mobile phone mast next to their factory could have a devaststaing impact on their business.

Barrie Fitzpatrick and son Colin (34) opened Formet metal works at Great paxton in 1981.

A planning application has been submitted to Huntingdon District Council for the mast by T-Mobile, next to the businessmen's factory on the Harley Works industrial estate, Paxton Hill.

The pair are concerned radio waves from the monopole could affect a sensitive laser which is crucil to the factory's production of sheet metal.

Barrie Fitzpatrick, managing director of Formet, claimed any interference to the Amada 2610v machine could damage the business and even threaten the jobs of its seven workers.

He said: "It is more the unknown that we are frightened of. We have a laser machine that handles every bit of production we do.

"If they were to put the mast up and it did affect the machine we would have to close the factory. We live and die by that machine.

"I am worried about the health side, and I don't like phone masts, but if we are going to live with mobile phones they have to go somewhere.

"But why they need to put it right next to a building I don't know?"

The company has written to the district council objecting to the siting of the monopole.

Colin Fitzpatrick, general manager of Formet, said: "We are only a small business, and if we couldn't afford to move. There is just no need to have it that close to the factory."

The latest objections follow concerns reported in the Town Crier last week from mother-of-three, Fleur Bateman, who is worried about potential health risks from the phone mast.

Objections to the planning application must be made to Huntingdon District Council before Wednesday next week.

A spokesman for the mobile phone company said: "T-Mobile understands there sometimes can be concerns when locating base stations in communities.

"Base stations are low powered radio transmitters, and it is important to recognise that the radio frequency signal from mast the represents just one source of RF (Radio Frequency) in everyday lives.

"Based on over 40 years of research, T-Mobile is confident that its base stations, operating within strict national and international guidelines (recognised by the World Health Organisation), do not present a health risk to any member of the public."

Omega this is not true. See under:

Omega read also "Base Stations, operating within strict national and international Guidelines, do not present a Health Risk?" under:

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