Concerned residents fear telephone masts
CALL FOR BAN: Angry mums want council to block plans
by Michael Underwood, Melton Times, December 28, 2000
Worried residents are calling for Melton Council to stop three mobile
phone masts being built in the borough.
They want town planners to block plans for a 15-metre mast in Wymondham
and a 15-metre mast and 30-metre tower in Somerby.
Residents say they are concerned about the potential health risks
surrounding mobile phone masts and the impact they have on the beauty of
Wymondham resident Patricia Smith, of Church Lane, is furious because phone
giant One to One wants to erect a mast in the heart of the village in Main
She said: People are absolutely appalled and horrified at the
We have sent 90 letters of complaint to the council. My objections
are that this is a conservation village and we all know the mast will be
We are also concerned with the findings of the Stewart Report and a
report by the Friends of the Earth about the hazards of these masts.
Mum of two Ruth Wells celebrated after her protest against a mast being
built on top of the Pera building near her home in Nottingham Road, Melton,
She was worried about the health of her children Dominic (3) and Charlotte
(2) being affected by the microwave emissions from the mast.
Mrs Wells, who says she has researched the subject extensively, said:
There was an experiment involving mice with cancer and when they were
put into radiation below Government guidelines they developed twice as many
Phone companies have swamped Melton Council with applications in recent
months as a result of the growth of the mobile phone industry.
The councils head of planning Maurice Fairhurst said the government tells
local authorities to encourage the technology unless there are valid
objections from the public.
The recent Stewart investigation into mobile phones and health revealed
that use of mobiles can cause subtle biological effects but would not
affect peoples health.
This year the council has refused planning permission for several proposed
masts in borough villages following objections from residents.
But there is a worry among residents that even if planning permission is
refused, the phone companies stand a good chance of overturning their
decision at an appeal.
Mrs Smith and Mrs Wells said they are both worried if a council decision
goes to appeal but council leader Matthew OCallaghan said: If
there are any appeals from mobile phone companies against the councils
decisions to refuse we will fight them.