Families' triple phone mast fears

Brian Lashley
22/ 5/2007

FAMILIES living close to THREE mobile phone masts want action after a survey revealed living within 400ft of just one can damage health.

Margaret Robertson and her neighbours in Stockport are concerned by the study because they have three masts just 600ft from their front doors.

Mrs Robertson, 64, who beat breast cancer five years ago, has joined other residents to call for mobile phone firms to examine potential dangers and consider removing the masts.

Two of the three masts near their homes in Etchells Road, Heald Green, are owned by O2 and the other by Orange.

Scientist Dr John Walker compiled a `cluster' study and discovered 31 cancers in one street in Warwickshire.

He also found that seven out of 30 staff at a special school near a 90ft mast had developed tumours, while others suffered health problems.

In what O2 said was a `rare and unusual' move, it removed the mast, but denied it was linked to the illnesses.

The level of emissions from mobile masts has to follow guidelines set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).

Mrs Robertson, a market research manager, said: "Our main worry is that although one mast comes within the guidelines, no one is saying groups are still within safe levels.

"Everyone seems to skirt round the subject. When is the government going to do proper studies into any harmful effects they have?

"How many people have to become ill or die before something is done to protect the population living within the vicinity of so many masts?"

Neighbour Janet Brown, 35, mother of Sam, seven, and Emma, two, said: "My fear is that we are going to go down the road of smoking. The dangers of smoking were never proven at first and are we going to go 20 or 30 years before we realise how bad masts are."

A spokesman for O2 said: "All O2 transmitter sites conform to the strict guidelines and operate at many hundreds, if not thousands, of times below them."

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

A Stockport council spokesman said they had replied to Mrs Robertson and added: "The government has investigated concerns about the siting of mobile phone masts and has found no evidence to support the case that the siting and use of the masts causes any adverse health problems to those people living or working close to them."

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