RELAX, there are no health concerns about mobile phone masts. After a meeting with Vodafone, extensive research, and a close perusal of a World Health Organisation Report, Councillor Robert Stephens came to this conclusion when supporting the proposal to build a 50-ft mast adjacent to Walton High School.
Originally the member for Milford had opposed the proposal but after his “highly beneficial to both parties” meeting with Vodafone he experienced a Damascene conversion and conveyed the impression that mobile masts were the best thing since sliced bread.
Fortunately this insane proposal to build a mast, with accompanying furniture, so close to this 1,400-pupil school was unanimously defeated and Councillor Stephen’s voice was the one crying in the wilderness.
The community of Weeping Cross and Walton-on-the-Hill including the 92 people who sent in written concerns owe a debt of gratitude to the 14 councillors who almost instantaneously threw out the application.
Councillors Heenan, Edgeller, Millichap and Hollinshead displayed logic, insight, experience, passion and humour as well as an awareness of the depth of local opposition. Particularly gratifying was the extent of cross party support in the defeat of the proposal.
The instruction to vacate the police HQ site has sent the mobile phone companies into a tailspin and created what is in effect a bizarre game of pass the 50ft mast - one could alight on a space near to you at the drop of a hat.
The government and the mobile phone companies are desperate for the revenue that mobiles create and are highly likely to produce one-sided dossiers in support of their desired outcomes. The planning system has even added another to the list of things you can’t say to stop us doing what we really want to do, namely, thou shalt not cite health concerns over mobile masts
Those of you who are next in line for these applications would do well to seek a more balanced view of the mast issue than that provided by the council member for Milford and the market hungry phone companies.