Alessandro Deidda has set up an e-petition calling on Swindon Council planning committee to reject an application to erect an 02/Vodaphone phone mast about 200 metres from Abbey Meads Primary School.
In October Mono consultants carryied out an exercise to establish what local views are on the siting of the mast on the junction of Salzgitter Drive and Thamesdown Drive.
At the time Alessandro said local residents did not want to endanger children’s and their own own health and called on people to sign the petition to stop the erection of the phone mast for which the proposed site is only 200m from the school.
However on 1 November Kevin Hull of Telefonica wrote to say the company will be proceeding with a planning application.
Dear Mr Deidda
Thank you for your email concerning our proposed mobile phone base station at Thameside Drive, Swindon, SN25 4YF. You wrote to our agent, Mr Chris Taylor of Mono Consultants Ltd Your letter has been passed to the Cornerstone Team to respond.
Firstly, may I say, mobile phones have become an essential part of everyday life for the vast majority of people in the UK. O2 and Vodafone’s network development is largely determined by consumer demand. Customers wish to be able to use their phones wherever they are and O2 and Vodafone understand that this demand must be met with a responsible approach to network development. As you may appreciate, it can at times be difficult to balance the needs of our customers with the views of residents, who often own mobile phones but do not want to have masts located in their communities.
Following network planning, we identified a need to provide improved depth of 3G mobile phone capacity in this area. An extensive study was undertaken and we found this site to be the most suitable in providing that coverage, whilst blending with the area. 3G Mobile phone base stations need to be close to where people live and work, particularly for those who use mobile data and smart phone handsets. Mobile phone technology is important for personal communications, but it is becoming more and more important for businesses, making a vital contribution to overall economic development, across the UK.
You asked for power data and frequencies of our proposed mast. Attached is a radio frequency assessment for the installation. Our 3G equipment will operate at 2100 MHz frequency and operating power will be in the region of 27.7 dBW.
Thank you for your link to the cancer active website, which we have had a look at. In regard to health-related concerns, we would like to reassure you that mobile phone base stations are low powered radio transmitters. The World Health Organization and most independent scientists agree there is no conclusive evidence to suggest a link between mobile phones or masts and ill health at exposure levels below the international guidelines levels. These guidelines were developed by the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). Typical exposures from the proposed base station will be hundreds, if not thousands, of times below the guidelines. Attached are three fact sheets, which provide further information on this issue. The World Health Organisation Fact sheet, number 304, of May 2006, concludes:
Considering the very low exposure levels and research results collected to date, there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak RF signals from base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health effects.
Thank you once again for your email. Should you wish to discuss our proposal further, please email email@example.com
EMF Enquiries – Member of the Cornerstone Team and
Employee of Telefónica UK Ltd