Friday, 5 December 2008

Local phone mast application turned down!

We have just learned this morning that the phone mast application for Guardian Road (the Outer Ring Road), West Norwich, in my ward, an application that was opposed by several hundred people who signed a petition against it, has been turned down by Council officers.
This is people power in action. With so many residents against it, this mast application never really stood a chance. I don't believe that Norwich needs any more mobile phone masts -- and if there were to be any more, then they should be positioned far from where people live, whereas this mast location would have been clearly visible to many of my constituents. It is a fine thing that this phone mast will not now be erected, and will not blight our fine city...

5 Comments:

Blogger Sue said...

What grounds was it turned down on? We have a former Victorian water tower in our ward, in close proximity to a nursery and primary school, which now has a number of mobile antennae on it, despite very well-organised and vociferous local protest. The Council did turn down one application but lost at appeal. Local Councils should be allowed to take a precautionary approach and turn down masts on health grounds, but we are not currently able to.

5 December 2008 at 16:42  
Blogger Rupert said...

It was turned down on grounds of gross visual intrusion: quite right too.

6 December 2008 at 17:41  
Blogger Felix said...

This hysteria over the health considerations of mobile phones masts is ridiculous. Firstly, nothing can ever be proven 100% safe, but that doesn't stop us from, for example, having large polluting chemical factories in the City. Secondly, the mobile telecommunications networks use microwaves, a media which have in fact been used by BT in this area for decades. If we are all so concerned about this technology, chuck your mobile in the bin, and your microwave oven as well. Mobile phone coverage in University ward has been rubbish for years. It seems that people want all the pros of modern technology i.e. mobile phone coverage, broadband internet etc., without any of the cons i.e., the odd unsightly phone mast. Whats next, complain about the power cables and go back to whale fat oil burners!

22 February 2009 at 21:18  
Blogger weggis said...

Yup! Consider this.

In hospitals mobile phones are banned but all the consultants have got pagers. Pagers do not transmit.

The more masts, the smaller the cells, the less power the masts need to transmit in order to reach the edge of the cell. But the mobile phone itself has to transmit at a power level high enough to reach the nearest mast from the edge of the largest cell. Some of them are big especially in rural Scotland.

Electromagnetic radiation decays to a logarithmic law. So, to get a dose you need to be right up close to it. Like a couple of mm away from your brain. Exactly where that transmitter on the end of your mobile phone is.

Take care now.

23 February 2009 at 20:09  
Blogger weggis said...

Yup! Consider this.

In hospitals mobile phones are banned but all the consultants have got pagers. Pagers do not transmit.

The more masts, the smaller the cells, the less power the masts need to transmit in order to reach the edge of the cell. But the mobile phone itself has to transmit at a power level high enough to reach the nearest mast from the edge of the largest cell. Some of them are big especially in rural Scotland.

Electromagnetic radiation decays to a logarithmic law. So, to get a dose you need to be right up close to it. Like a couple of mm away from your brain. Exactly where that transmitter on the end of your mobile phone is.

Take care now.

23 February 2009 at 20:11  

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We have just learned this morning that the phone mast application for Guardian Road (the Outer Ring Road), West Norwich, in my ward, an application that was opposed by several hundred people who signed a petition against it, has been turned down by Council officers.
This is people power in action. With so many residents against it, this mast application never really stood a chance. I don't believe that Norwich needs any more mobile phone masts -- and if there were to be any more, then they should be positioned far from where people live, whereas this mast location would have been clearly visible to many of my constituents. It is a fine thing that this phone mast will not now be erected, and will not blight our fine city...
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