‘No danger’ from mast?

May 10 2007

by Nick Moreton, Crosby Herald

MOBILE phone giant O2 has denied that a mast placed near to a baby’s bedroom puts residents in danger.

The mast, which was turned on in March, went up on a roof in Coronation Road, earlier this year.

But the property backs on to Second Avenue and the structure is just metres from houses there.

Joan Jenkins, who lives on Second Avenue, is concerned the mast is sending harmful rays into her house, particularly a bedroom in which her seven-month-old grandson regularly stays.

She said: “The phone mast is far too close to the bedrooms.

“My seven-month-old grandson stays in that room when my daughter comes and I’m worried about the effects of the mast on him.

“I have to tell her not to stay too long because I am worried about him being exposed to the mast while he’s here.”

Another resident, Nikki Burns, said: “I object to the mast totally - I can’t believe that something like that can go up without any consultation with local people.

“It seems to be cleverly sited to avoid the need for planning permission.

The mast is subject to a Government regulation called a General Permitted Development Order, which means it does not need planning permission because its height is less than six metres above the highest part of the building it is situated on.

The order means that although O2 has to tell Sefton Council of its intentions, the authority does not have the power to refuse the mast, provided it falls within the height restrictions.

A council spokesperson said: “Sefton Council was unable to grant or deny planning permission for this particular mast.

“This is because it is regarded as ‘permitted development’ under national legislation.

“In this case, the company informed us of their intentions merely out of courtesy and we were unable to raise any objections.”

O2 regional communications manager Tom Powell reassured residents the mast does not pose any health problems.

He said: “The houses actually fall outside the exclusion zone because the signal goes over the property, and people really need to take comfort from that.

“I accept the apparatus looks like it’s very close but the actual signal goes well above the houses.

“We do not have to get full planning permission because of the size of the structure.

“The World Health Organisation monitors what’s going on globally with phone masts and it says that all evidence to date shows there is no risk to health in living in close proximity to phone masts.”

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