Sunday, April 22, 2007

Cancer Cluster Around Phone Masts

In light of today's story in the papers (below), I'm delighted that, with a little action, we managed to have plans for a phone mast outside the Ursuline College in Westgate, "refused."

"Seven clusters of cancer and other serious illnesses have been discovered around mobile phone masts, raising concerns over the technology’s potential impact on health.

Studies of the sites show high incidences of cancer, brain haemorrhages and high blood pressure within a radius of 400 yards of mobile phone masts.

One of the studies, in Warwickshire, showed a cluster of 31 cancers around a single street. A quarter of the 30 staff at a special school within sight of the 90ft high mast have developed tumours since 2000, while another quarter have suffered significant health problems."

While the jury is still largely out in regard to proven health effects, the evidence is, I believe, sufficient for society to think twice, before placing these masts anywhere near schools and young children.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I absolutely agree.this is a serious issue.i believe ther is a similar problem with electricity masts.

Anonymous said...

Erring on the side of caution makes great sense. It was good news about Ursuline mast but what is progress concerning all the others along the Canterbury Road?

DrMoores said...

I guess whoever people in Westgate vote for on May 3rd may have to look into it?

Anonymous said...

Good to see you keeping lips tight as you promised, Ed!

DrMoores said...

I am indeed keeping tight-lipped, whoever is elected for the ward, should lobby to keep these away from schools!

DrMoores said...

I am indeed keeping tight-lipped, whoever is elected for the ward, should lobby to keep these away from schools!

Tom King Westgate Residents Association said...

The mobile phone companies are now a law unto themselves mainly due to the past Tory government and the failure of the present one which has done nothing to address the fears that these installations bring. the latest report in yesterdays Times should send out a clear message that there is a serious cause for concern.The up grading of masts to accomodate more power is set to increase and its time ,in my view ,that councils make a tough stand against the mobile phone industry even if this means court action and the relevant expence.ALL MASTS SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO FULL PLANNING.Apathy will not protect our childred .Thanet needs to display some backbone on this issue,bad rules should challenged and bad laws reformed,throwing in the towel at the fist hurdle is a betrayel of trust of those people of Thanet which elected them.

Martin Wise said...

I objected at last weeks Planning Meeting to a mast planned to be sited at the junction of Northdown Road and Queen Elizabeth Road in Cliftonville. I used "eyesore" grounds (because health concerns are not Planning considerations), and won. Most of the Planning Committee agreed that the providers should be making more effort to locate masts in/on existing buildings, or to camouflage them. Not that this will make any difference because the providers are empowered to go ahead regardless. But at least a message has been sent.

James Maskell said...

The problem with going full flow into fighting the legislation relating to mobile phone masts is that the law supports mobile phone masts and its unlikely that court action will do any good. Thats why its best to do as Cllr Wise has indicated, and find alternate grounds to oppose. The Government sold the mobile phone rights and the masts must go somewhere. Its best that they go in as appropriate a place as possible.

Tom King, will you step down as Westgate Residents Association Chairman if elected?