The German “Enabling Act” of 1933 is remarkably similar to our current Patriot Act, which is currently up for revisions not only giving it expanded powers well beyond those it already has, but making it permanent, just like the German Enabling Act was made permanent...
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Zalmay Khalilzad for U.S. ambassador to Iraq? Why not just send Richard Perle?
Khalilzad is a second-rank neocon with all the same credentials as the rest of those bozos--pre-emptive war, world hegemony, Project for a New American Century ...
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- 17. Jun, 23:36
Just as monarchism first emerged as a progressive force against feudalism by rationalizing itself as a natural law of politics and eventually brought about its own demise by betraying its progressive mandate, social capitalism today places return on capital above not only the worker but also the welfare of the owner of capital.
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When the Prevention of Terrorism Act was going through Parliament, Mr Blair claimed that the orders were needed because "several hundred" active terrorists were plotting or threatening an attack in Britain, yet they fell outside the existing powers of the police and courts to prosecute them.
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The following exchange between Rep. John F. Tierney (D-MA) and Halliburton/KBR's director of government compliance, William Walter, shows that the Bush administration began planning for troop safety long after it made plans to secure the safety of Iraq's oil fields.
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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid demanded a full accounting of whether Bolton exaggerated assessments of several countries' weapons programs, a key issue in the long-stalled nomination.
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Can a Christian soldier plant land mines "to the glory of God"? What about dropping bombs?
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TONY BLAIR has been summonsed by a county court to appear as a witness in a case involving the mother of a soldier killed two days after the war in Iraq began in 2003.
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Police and security units, forces led by Kurdish political parties and backed by the U.S. military, have abducted hundreds of minority Arabs and Turkmens in this intensely volatile city and spirited them to prisons in Kurdish-held northern Iraq, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials, government documents and families of the victims.
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US-backed Kurdish police and security units have kidnapped hundreds of minority Arabs and Turkmen in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, according to a confidential State Department cable leaked to the Washington Post.
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Torture-charged former intelligence officer Annemette Hommel refused to break off interrogations when one of her prisoners wept from pain and begged her permission to change posture, one of Hommel's interpreters said on Thursday.
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- 17. Jun, 23:19
Ginter said he was kicked, his head bounced off the pavement and his testicle squeezed by a guard during his detention. "I was more worried about my life from the (U.S.) military than from the insurgents," he told The Associated Press.
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Video - In Full
Rep. John Conyers, House Judiciary Cmte. Ranking Member, chairs a meeting on the Downing Street Memo and pre-Iraq War intelligence. Witnesses include former ambassador Joe Wilson, CIA analyst Ray McGovern, Cindy Sheehan, mother of a fallen American soldier, and constitutional lawyer John Bonifaz. Click here to view. Real Video http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9160.htm
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Video and transcript.
Philippe Sands, QC, director of the Centre for International Courts and Tribunals at University College London, said Mr Howard, along with British Prime Minister Tony Blair could face charges amid claims the Iraq war was illegal.
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US-Abgeordnete wollen mit einer Verfassungsänderung eine Dauer-Präsidentschaft ermöglichen.
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In den USA sollen schon Iris-Scans von Kindern angefertigt werden, in Großbritannien wird der Kampf gegen antisoziales Verhalten und die "Kultur der Respektlosigkeit" erweitert und überlegt man, Kinder ab drei Jahren zu überwachen, um den Gang in die Kriminalität zu verhindern.
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Anstatt auf die kritischen Stimmen einzugehen, wurde auf dem EU-Gipfel eine "Periode des Nachdenkens" verordnet.
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Aufruf zur wissenschaftlichen Reaktion bezgl. Mobilfunk
Dr.-Ing. Claus Thiessen, Pfarrer-Schilcher-Weg 5, 86825 Bad Wörishofen, 7.5.05, Tel 08247-998772
Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
die Anhörung von Experten zur Mobilfunk-Problematik durch die Landtagsfraktion der GRÜNEN am 29.4.05 hat es wieder einmal deutlich gemacht: Man redet nicht miteinander über offene Fragen oder über die Bewertung angewandter Regeln und Beurteilungsmaßstäbe. Vormittags gab es sorgfältige Darstellungen über massenhaft beobachtete Folgen von Immissionen zwischen 10 und 1000 µW/m² durch "Ärzte", nachmittags Beweise der Unschädlichkeit unter 100000 µW/m² durch "Wissenschaftler" (Nomenklatur nach Dr. Gunde Ziegelberger).
Die letztgenannte Gruppe beschränkte ihre Untersuchungen auf messbare Substanzen, etablierte Verfahren und abgeschlossene Theorien, d.h. auf die dritte, die "ausdifferenzierende" Phase einer alten Wissenschaft (G. Böhme, W. van den Daele, W. Krohn, "Finalisierung der Wissenschaft", Zeitschrift für Soziologie 4: 353-365), die erstgenannte Gruppe befindet sich in der ersten, der "empirisch beobachtenden" Phase einer neuen Wissenschaft, begleitet von ersten Ansätzen der zweiten, der "theoriebildenden" Phase. Es gilt nicht nur für den Mobilfunk, dass die Spezialisten der ausdifferenzierenden Wissenschaften wenig Verständnis zeigen für die tastenden und nur schrittweise sicherer werdenden Schritte in neuen (als "interdisziplinär" bezeichneten) Wissenschaften.
Es geht uns um ein "neues Krankheitsbild" (Dr. med. Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam). Dazu sind Fragen zu klären, auf die beispielsweise Dr. H.-Peter Neitzke nicht eingegangen ist, wegen einer selbst auferlegten Beschränkung auf etablierte Zeitschriften und die Beurteilung einer "Scientific Community", z.B.: Welche Wechselwirkung zwischen einem Mikrowellenfeld und einzelnen Freiheitsgraden in lebenden Organismen sind plausibel erklärbar? Welche Energieübergänge folgen auf eine solche Wechselwirkung, bevor (im Endstadium einer statistischen Verteilung, "Temperatur" genannt) die "thermische" Wirkung eintreten kann? Wie sind Signale im lebenden Organismus physikalisch zu erklären? Wie "funktioniert" das offensichtlich "lernende" Immunsystem?
Wodurch ist die Annahme begründet, dass alle Beobachtungen der "Ärzte" nur mit Panikmache und eingebildeten Krankheiten zu begründen sei?
Wenn sogenannte "Wissenschaftler" sich gegenüber solchen Fragen verschließen und dennoch die öffentliche Meinung dazu beeinflussen, dann - so denke ich - hilft nur noch die Gründung eines "Vereins kritischer Wissenschaftler" als e.V., um damit in der Öffentlichkeit gemeinsam erarbeitete Aussagen vertreten zu können, beispielsweise zu der von Wiedemann, Jülich, koordinierten "Darstellung und Bewertung des wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisstandes zu möglichen gesundheitlichen Auswirkungen des Mobilfunks". Was halten Sie davon?
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
gez. Claus Thiessen
Verhalten der Industrie und anderer Beteiligter an der Verschleierung der Gesundheitsrisiken festhalten und systematisch mit juristischen Kenntnissen versuchen denen Betrug und vorsätzliche massenhafte Körperverletzung nachzuweisen. Aber wer hat die Möglichkeit dazu solch aufwendige Arbeit zu leisten? Berufspolitiker die für die Interessenvertretung des Volkes bezahlt werden sich nicht in ausreichender Zahl für die Finanzierung von solchen Vorhaben einsetzen.
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Exeter Express and Echo 17.06.05
City leaders are to try to block a bid to install more mobile phone equipment on Exeter 's biggest block of council flats.
Telecommunications giant O2 is applying for permission to expand its range of equipment on top of Rennes House in Whipton.
The roof at the city council-managed 10-storey-high block is already home to several mobile phone antennas and is close to Whipton Barton First and Middle Schools.
O2 and another operator have had leases with the city council for their existing equipment since 1997.
But city council leader Roy Slack says health fears expressed by Rennes House residents must be taken into account. He is recommending fellow members of the authority’s executive committee refuse O2’s bid when they meet next Tuesday.
He said: “When mobile phones first appeared, people were quite relaxed about the equipment that was needed to make these phones work.
“Now people are much more cautious and we think that the operators should think very carefully before installing equipment in very sensitive locations.
“I am concerned for the residents of Rennes House who already have a lot of equipment on the roof.
“Although there is no evidence of any significant health harm, we want to allay their fears by putting a stop to further growth in the amount of equipment installed.”
The Echo’s Shock Waves campaign has been calling for an independent investigation into concerns over the potential health risks of emissions from mobile phone masts. It was launched in 2002 after the discovery of a cluster of four cancer cases near a mast in Crediton owned by communications company Orange, which claims its mast is safe.
Exeter City Council has refused planning permission for mobile phone masts before, citing local health fears, but has lost on appeal. Government planning guidelines say health fears cannot be used as grounds for objection if the masts emit at lower-than-recognised international guidelines.
However, in the case of Rennes House, the city council would be acting in its capacity as the leaseholder and not the local planning authority.
Pensioner Barbara Escott, who has lived in Rennes House for 28 years, said: “We don’t need any more of this equipment on the roof.
“We used to have our washing lines on the roof. Now you can’t go up there and it is full of this stuff.
“We don’t know how it is affecting our health now so I don’t want any more of it.”
Terry Millan, a Rennes House resident of 24 years, added: “I would like to see all of the equipment up there taken away now. A lot of people complain of being ill around here. You do wonder if it is to do with the mast.
“I would welcome any attempt by the council to stop more equipment being put up there.”
- 17. Jun, 17:56
Epping Forest Guardian 17.06.05
By Owen Morris
A PROPOSAL to build a 20ft tall mobile phone mast just metres from a primary school has prompted outcry from parents and teachers.
Mobile phone company 3 is consulting on plans to construct the tower and base station on the west side of Harpenden Train Station's car park just a short distance from St Dominic's School and its 250 pupils.
3 has already asked Sir John Lawes School , Elliswick Lawn Tennis Club, Harpenden Hospital , and a number of other addresses in the town if they would be willing to house the mast but each has refused.
St Dominic's headteacher Mr Andrew Rafferty said: "Parents, governors and myself are truly concerned about this.
"The phone company are saying the mast will be 100 metres from the school, but it will only be 30 metres from our playing fields.
"Even if there is a slight fear of health risks to children companies should not be able to take risks by erecting masts near schools until the argument has been proved one way or another.
"We are going to aim to do everything we can to stop this going through."
The 2000 Stewart Report recommended that mobile phone masts should not be placed anywhere near schools, hospitals or residential areas.
Although the report also stressed that while some studies concluded radiation from the masts could be harmful there was no conclusive evidence.
St Albans district councillor Julian Daly has three children at St Dominic's and is also ward councillor for Harpenden West.
He said: "The Stewart report indicated that companies should be cautious about placing phone masts anywhere near schools and yet this application is still being considered by three.
"Understandably many people are worried because we do not know what the implications might be."
Ironically, the land the mast is to be built on used to belong to the school, but was bought by Network Rail to build the car park.
A spokesman for Network Rail who must agree before the mast can be built said: "Our only role is to ensure that equipment on our sites do not interfere with the running of the railway.
"Planning decisions are the responsibility of the local authority."
A spokesman for 3 said there is no specific legislation preventing a mast being put near schools and the company is fully consulting with interested parties before an application would be submitted.
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Farnham Today 17.06.05
SURREY county councillor David Munro has joined the fight to stop mobile telephone operator Orange erecting masts in Farnham. Mr Munro, the county councillor for south Farnham, has written to Orange stating his concerns about the possible erection of masts at the Bourne crossroads and at a site in Manor Gardens on the A287. He has pledged his support for residents’ groups campaigning against Orange and for Jeremy Hunt, MP for south west Surrey , who has urged Orange to reconsider the possible siting of a mast near The Bourne Infant School. Mr Munro said: “These proposals are appalling and must be resisted both on environmental and perceived health grounds. There is no justification for putting these masts in such a prominent position where they will blight the landscape and make many people, especially those with young children, genuinely fearful of the hazards to health. “ Orange must not prolong the deep worries that they are putting residents through and must withdraw the proposals straightway. I have written to the company urging them to listen to the protests of residents and our MP, Jeremy Hunt, and think again without delay,” he added. Niki Hearnshaw, campaign co-ordinator for the Bourne school mast action group, is anxious about the length of time Orange are taking to decide about the fate of the proposed mast at The Bourne Infant School. “We were given a promise by Orange in a meeting on May 31 that a decision would be made in two weeks. Since then I have been made aware of a public statement by Orange saying that it may take six to eight weeks,” she said. Residents campaigning against the possible erection of a 40-ft mast at the Manor Gardens site have fiercely criticised Orange . In a survey by the Manor Gardens mast action campaign group, the vast majority of local residents believe that this issue is “a public relations disaster for Orange that does them no credit”, while most residents “would actively avoid Orange and urge all their friends to do the same”. Joint campaign co-ordinator Ray Cuckow, said: “We publicly call on Orange to drop the environmentally damaging Manor Gardens proposal. This mast fails to meet Orange ’s published standards of corporate and social responsibility. It would be a very serious loss of amenity, not just for us but also for the whole community.” Orange has responded to the concerns by stating that the decision-making process about the siting of masts is still ongoing and every effort was being made to resolve this as quickly as possible.
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OUTRAGED residents say they are appalled at a decision announced yesterday which will allow the installation of a mobile phone transmitter just yards from three Harrogate schools.
Protesters who fought tooth and nail to stop the 85ft T-Mobile mast being built say they have been let down and ignored after High Court approval was upheld by the national Planning Inspectorate.
Campaigner, Paula Brooks, said she couldn’t believe the company was prepared to gamble on the health of young children.
“I’m devastated,” she said. ”The people in a community are not listened to.”
Cabinet Member for Planning, Coun Richard Cooper said: “The Planning Inspector has let down Harrogate Borough Council by not supporting our decision to refuse planning permission. He has also has let down residents living nearby and children at the schools. I have asked Council Officers to see if there is any other way in which we can fight this proposal as the landowner.”
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Kenilworth Today 17.06.05
Prominent builders merchants Buildbase have pulled out of controversial plans to install a mobile phone mast after strong opposition from neighbours.
Managers performed a dramatic U-turn on negotiations with O2, as residents prepared to hold a demonstration outside Buildbase on Wednesday.
The Priory Road site is classed as industrial land but lies within a densely populated area, and is between Thorns Infant School and the Bertie Road nursery.
Residents were furious about the possibility of being subjected to the mast's radiation because of its perceived health risks and had considering organising boycotts and further demonstrations.
Stephanie Bennett, of Farmer Ward Road , said: "They told us at the 11th hour but nothing is definite and we all want it in black and white. They said they had been given so much hassle from people going in and complaining that they decided to pull out. Hopefully they will be true to their word.
"We are all concerned about the health scares - nobody will know for another generation how the air waves can affect people."
Buildbase manager Simon Davies said: "It was never our intention to cause any distress to the residents of Kenilworth . Seeing the level of upset it was causing we decided to withdraw.
"This is the most supportive company I have ever worked for - we sponsor many local teams and events. We want to work with local people and will continue to do what we can around the local area."
Mr Davies added that the plans submitted by O2 differed to negotiations between the two companies.
Neighbours will wait for official confirmation of the pull out before ending their protests.
Lee Woolman, of Farmer Ward Road , had said: "Residents are talking about civil disruption and taking matters into their own hands - we are very upset about this. It is smack bang in the middle of a residential area and there are obvious health implications."
Neighbour Anthony Whitmore wrote in a letter to the Weekly News: "As the objection campaign gathers momentum, direct action has not been ruled out by local residents."
Residents were also annoyed about a minimal public consultation. Most only heard of 02's plans for the 15-metre high mast on Monday after they were submitted to Warwick District Council because only residents bordering Buildbase were consulted.
Many of those in Lockhart Close and Alexandra Court are tenants, and it is unclear whether letters sent there had reached landlords.
It was the third mobile phone mast plan in a month, following two applications from Vodafone for the corner of Beehive Hill and behind Oaks Precinct.
02 will now have to look elsewhere. But spokesperson Angela Johnson said: "There is no evidence of any risk to health from these low radiation radio frequency emissions - they are much lower than a mobile phone itself.
"We are very limited to where we can put the cell sites to fit in with the rest of the cells in our network. We are in a very difficult situation that everyone wants to use a mobile phone but no one wants a mast near where they live."
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by Richard Williams
Jun 17, 2005 , 09:39
Radical plans to stop phone mast applications that "waste tax payers' money" have been unveiled by a Halesowen councillor.
Hayley Green and Cradley South Councillor Ken Turner wants to initiate six-monthly meetings between mobile phone giants and planning bosses. The move comes three years after initial attempts to launch the scheme failed due to lack of support.
Councillor Turner said two current applications - one on green belt in Lutley Mill Road and one just yards from Huntingtree Primary School - were so outrageous they should not even go before Dudley Council's development control panel.
He said: "Both the application for the school and for the green belt land in Lutley Mill Road are a joke.
"If someone can provide me with evidence that these masts are safe to be near children I will not try to stop them being put up - but that has not yet happened.
"Any mast on green belt land will be out of place and totally alien to the environment.
We shouldn't be wasting the development control committee's time and money with this sort of thing.
Councillor Turner was instrumental in abortive plans to arrange regular meetings with mobile phone firm representatives in 2002.
"We had difficulties last time getting members to come along but I think things have changed quite dramatically since then.
"I think the time is now right for councillors to get together around a table with people from the mobile companies and look after residents' interests."
He said phone company representatives could bring prospective plans for applications to meetings where issues could be ironed out ahead of the more costly planning process.
A spokeswoman for Vodafone said they would be in favour of the proposals.
"We are always very happy to talk to local councillors and make use of their extensive knowledge of the area," she said.
A spokesman for Dudley Council said no objections had been received from members of the public on either the Lutley Mill Road or Huntingtree Primary School applications.
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Advice Line 08704 322 377
Press Office 01962 864 388
MAST SANITY PRESS RELEASE – JUNE 16th 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONEY BEFORE CHILDREN'S HEALTH: THE PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP SCANDAL
The numbers of representations that Mast Sanity is receiving from concerned PARENTS has during the last few months increased substantially owing to considerable powers that private contractors have been granted under schemes to build new schools and other educational facilities.
Evidence is emerging that private companies and venture capitalists who are winning contracts to build new schools are having mobile phone and TETRA masts on school premises. Parents are questioning who will be receiving the rental income from the phone companies, and whether inappropriate pressure is being placed on educational facilities to accept telecommunication installations contrary to the wishes of staff, parents and governors due solely to financial interests of the venture capitalists and others who are potentially profiting from the fees that can amount to £20,000 per annum per installation, contrary to the interests and well-being of the pupils.
The Public Private Partnership (formerly PFI) is a scheme whereby private companies or consortiums raise the money needed to build new schools or refurbish existing ones and then lease them back to the local education authority complete with services. The education authority then makes annual payments to the private consortium. The contract is between the private consortium and the council. Parents fear powers will be removed from the school governors, who are being forced into contracts for repairs and maintenance and service contracts without detailed information on the proposals. Service contracts are also being transferred to private contractors.
Jo Ross, a parent who lives in Werrington in Peterborough, fears that she will be forced to move her daughter to another school. The one she presently attends is to be refurbished by a private contractor under this initiative. She is concerned that income from phone masts on school premises may find its way into the pocket of the venture capital company undertaking the refurbishment and may be viewed as a lucrative source of revenue.
"There are already three masts in the school grounds and there is nothing to stop a private consortium from having further masts on the premises and I fear the school governors and parents will be powerless to stop them," says Mrs Ross.
"New schools are being built all over Peterborough and so there is nothing to stop private consortiums who are building the schools from having phone and TETRA masts on the premises of several schools."
"The secondary school in Walton in Peterborough is also to be rebuilt by a private consortium and the mast on the roof of the existing school in Walton will be transferred to the new school."
Mast Sanity has also been informed that at least two of the companies tendering for a contract to build schools in Peterborough are also involved in mobile phone telecommunications equipment and installations.
Mast Sanity advice line co-ordinator Sandi Lawrence says, "This is another phone mast scandal that Mast Sanity is now getting calls from concerned parents about. Mobile phone and TETRA masts shouldn't be on school premises because of the health risks from pulsed microwave radiation. Private consortiums shouldn't be allowed to have phone and TETRA masts on school premises as a source of revenue. There are serious question marks over the degree of public accountability locally under this initiative and over public participation and consultation in their planning. It’s possible that mobile phone operators have interests in these private companies and they are all entering into lucrative deals. This is money before children's health."
Mast Sanity's director of health and safety Yasmin Skelt says, "Legal experts have already been called in to investigate whether the mobile phone mast at St Edward's RC Primary School in Coleshill in Warwickshire can be pulled down because of concerns over the health of the pupils. This follows an informal health survey which appears to show that 98 per cent of pupils are suffering from health problems which include headaches, nausea, itchy eyes, tiredness or nosebleeds. The findings of this survey, carried out with parents of 200 children at the school, is to be presented to a meeting of the World Health Organisation in Geneva this week, to call for a national study into the health of every child whose school is close to a phone mast or has one on its premises."
Mast Sanity Contacts:
Yasmin Skelt 01923 286430
Sian Meredith 01225 483284
Karen Barratt 01962 864388
For general information see http://www.mastsanity.org
Another appeal goes against us!
Geoff. Thanks for this. Another aspect that we must keep our eye on. Sefton has no plans for any PFI school contracts, so that's a relief. Regret to report that having beaten off the mast on the roof of the BT building at Mill Lane/Botanic Rd several times that the contractors arrived this week to erect one. You will recall that separate applications were rejected THREE times by Sefton planning committee but after the third rejection the phone company appealed and won permission from the inspector. This is just inside Churchtown Conservation Area for goodness sake ! But, yet again,local democracy (?) has been overturned by a non-elected individual planning inspector. I spoke at all the planning committee meetings on behalf of our Meols ward team.
From a visual point of view, the drawings showed a very slimline structure so it should not be an eyesore....but that is not the point, as we all know.
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The Derbyshire Times 16.
CODNOR residents are demanding that a mobile telephone mast is taken down.
Planning permission for the mast near Codnor Market Place expired last year, but the 15ft pole is still standing.
An application to renew planning permission for the mast until December 2009 was made at the end of last year, but councillors deferred making a decision until further investigations had been carried out.
Now seven months later, no decision has been made and residents are calling for the mast to come down.
This week Amber Valley Borough Council said they were still looking into the legality of the mast remaining on the site.
Angry Mill Lane resident Shelia Jackson said: "It shouldn't take this long, it's taking forever to get the mast down."
At the planning meeting in November, councillors related back to a planning application approved earlier in the year for a trellis mast on the same site.
Councillors believed when they approved the trellis mast that it would reduce the number of individual masts on the site as mast sharing was possible.
However, phone company O2 claimed mast sharing was not an option, stating: "The lattice tower is not capable of supporting a third operator without further redevelopment."
Amber Valley's planning executive, Robert Reid, supported the deferral of the decision, adding: "There is merit in investigating whether the phone operators can go together on the new trellis mast."
Jessop Street resident Cliff Jones is angry with the delay, he said: "They are just dragging their feet. The mast should have been taken down months ago. We want it down and down now.
"Decisions about mast sharing should have been sorted before the lattice tower was granted planning permission."
By Stephen Sinfield
16 June 2005
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The campaign against a mobile phone mast on Haverhill's Hazel Stub roundabout continued this week, with residents urging members of the local community to oppose the plans.
As previously reported, Hutchison 3G is appealing against a decision by St Edmundsbury Borough Council to refuse permission for a telecommunications mast on the roundabout.
Residents collected a petition of 400 signatures opposing the mast, amid concerns about health and tumbling house prices, but were stunned to find out the Planning Inspectorate – which is handling the appeal – would not accept the petition.
On Monday evening they began canvassing homes in Castle Reach area, to gather signatures on letters to be sent to the appeal.
Borough councillor, Adam Whittaker, said they had a good response and people were eager to support the cause.
On whether they would succeed in fighting the appeal, he said: "I think the decision of the planning committee was made on the right basis, we argued on the environmental basis and we're hoping the appeals committee will do the same."
He added: "Everyone's got a mobile phone but they just wish the masts were on more suitable sites."
Meanwhile protestors say they are angry to have so far received no response from Hutchison 3G to their request to work with the company to find a more suitable location.
West Suffolk MP, Richard Spring – who has vociferously campaigned against phone masts in the town – has added his support to the campaign, writing personally to the Planning Inspectorate.
16 June 2005
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16 June 2005 | 09:57
Dunmow Broadcast and Recorder
IF THEY have got to have a new mobile phone mast, it could look like a fir tree!
Villagers on the edge of Dunmow are objecting fiercely to mobile operator Hutchinson G3's plan to put up a most on a field at Ash Grove just off the A120 to improve reception in an admitted poor coverage.
But if Uttlesford District Council approves the application, it could be disguised as one of these trees - like ones at Hallingbury and Hatfield Forest - instead of the normal eyesore lattice mast.
Sof ar people living near the site of the proposed mast have sent the council 138 letters objecting to the plan.
Uttlesford District Council received the letters from homeowners prior to the plans being considered by the council's development control committee last Wednesday.
A number of councillors were concerned about the plans, including Janice Loughlin who asked if it could be turned into a tree mast to suit the rural area it was situated in.
She said: "Seeing as it is among or near some trees, can we not specify that it is a tree mast?"
And Councillor Richard Harris questioned whether there was any need for the mast as the residents who were opposed to it would be the ones needing it the most.
He said: "Isn't it interesting that the people who are opposed to the mast are the very people who would want it."
But planning manager John Mitchell said the question of demand should not prevent the application being approved because it was not a planning consideration.
The councillors put off making an imemdiate decision.
Instead, they agreed to go and visit the site to see the situation for themselves.
- 17. Jun, 15:00
Lancaster Guardian 16.06.05
CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans to erect a mobile phone mast in Scale Hall this week handed more than 150 letters of objection to Lancaster City Council.
They will find out today, Friday, whether the council will move to prevent telecommunications giant O2 building the mast on land at the corner of West Drive and Scale Hall Lane.
The O2 application exploits a quirk in British planning law by asking for 'prior approval'. To block the plan, the council must object on the grounds that the mast represents an unwarranted visual intrusion.
The council contacted nearby residents in May to invite their comments, setting a deadline of Wednesday, June 15.
Rosemary Wilkie of West Drive, who led the campaign, said she had been delighted by the community's response.
"We've sent 159 letters and talked to a lot of people who sent in letters off their own back. I'm sure if we'd had more time we'd have got even more," she said.
A petition signed by more than 400 people has also been presented to the council.
"The petition adds weight to our argument," said Rosemary.
"But I think letters from individuals and addresses in the affected area will have more of an impact."
Rosemary said she and her neighbours, mostly virgin campaigners, were learning the ropes as they went along.
"From what we've gleaned, we have to fight this on the visual intrusion of the mast," she said. "Any potential health issues are not taken into account."
This annoys Rosemary's husband Jim.
"The real health issue is the stress and anxiety which comes from not knowing whether these masts are safe," he said.
But fellow campaigner Ken Pyne of Morecambe Road is confident the visual intrusion will be adequate to kill the plan.
"There'll be a large equipment box, a large electrical box, not to mention the mast itself, which will be half again as big as an ordinary lamp-post," he said.
"No way can that be anything but obtrusive."
The campaigners are now hopeful the council will pay heed to their concerns, said Rosemary.
A planning spokesman said: "All the observations we have received will be taken into account in reaching a recommendation and decision."
r NotoO2 campaigners who successfully scuppered plans to build masts in Slyne Road have made a film highlighting the potential health risks of emissions from mobile phones.
They intend to distribute the film – which shows campaigners measuring pulsed microwave radiation in houses near mobile phone masts – to councillors, MPs and the media.
Campaigner Adrian Hamilton said: "The idea behind the film is to convey the notion that these masts, especially those disguised as other things, are not as innocuous as they look."
16 June 2005
- 17. Jun, 14:58
Jun 16, 2005, 11:20
Mobile phone companies are being warned they will be fought all the way over the growing number of bids to erect masts close to homes and schools in Wolverhampton.
The council's three political parties are vowing to oppose all plans for masts in residential areas after mobile firms began asking councillors to support applications for aerials as tall as 15 metres.
In recent months, scores of applications have come in from companies eager to erect masts close to schools, old people's homes and even on top of a pub.
Although councillors have vowed to take a hard line with the phone companies, fears over unknown health risks are not actually a legitimate reason to refuse the applications.
Leader of the city's Conservative group Councillor Paddy Bradley said applications for masts across the city were rolling in "thick and fast".
"They haven't got the message yet but we are very definitely against them," she said.
"We are still worried they can do damage to children," adding that the mobile phone firms were wasting "time and effort" putting in applications for residential areas of Wolverhampton.
Labour councillor George Lockett hoped that a decision by planning officers last week to throw out an application for a mast in Whitburn Close in Oxley would act as a "warning" to mobile phone companies, after a petition attracted 200 signatures.
He said never again should companies be allowed to build masts close to schools - such as the one on top of Long Knowle Primary in Wednesfield.
Liberal Democrat Malc-olm Gwinnett added: "The situation at the moment is utterly ridiculous and the sooner the phone companies realise this the better."
Councillors are also highly critical of the tactics employed by T-Mobile, after private canvassing companies wrote to them on the telecommunication giant's behalf asking them to back its bids to erect phone masts. It is also believed Vodafone has used similar methods.
In just two of the city's 20 wards, Oxley and Wednesfield North, around eight masts have been proposed in this way in recent months.
Oxley Councillor Ian Brookfield said: "It looks like what they are doing is trying to win over the councillor instantly but the minute they start talking about residential areas, they need to know we are on the side of the residents."
Councillor Keith Inston, chairman of the city council's planning committee, said residents' fears were always considered when making decisions on applications. He said the council would be "a bit more open to suggestion" when it came to applications for masts in industrial areas.
A T-Mobile spokesman defended the decision to contact councillors with proposals, saying they gave people "a better idea as to the visual appearance of the proposed development".
- 17. Jun, 14:56
Comment #392: Citizens' Initiative Omega said on 6/17/05 @
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- 17. Jun, 14:43
by James Varley
Pontefract and Castleford Today
FURIOUS Kippax residents are dismayed by a mobile phone company's refusal to take down a video phone mast built in the middle of their busy shopping street.
Protesters – including Leeds City councillor Keith Wakefield – who claim the mast is unsightly and a potential health hazard, met with Hutchinson 3G on May 13 in a last ditch attempt to have the four-metre base station hauled down.
But H3G decided to leave the mast on top of the Craftsman Cues building on High Street and not move it to an alternative site away from residents – as suggested by Coun Wakefield and protesters.
Coun Wakefield said: "I am extremely disappointed H3G have not decided to move the mast to one of the alternative sites suggested by myself and my constituents.
"The whole process has been conducted in a lacklustre manner that has seen minimal consultation take place between H3G and concerned residents."
Protester Richard Sheppard, 57, said: "This is not the end of our fight – we will continue with our attempts to have this unsightly mast hauled down.
"Unfortunately, the meeting between ourselves and H3G was a token gesture because the mast was already built."
The mast, which did not require planning permission as it is under 25m, went up in the High Street in April despite objections from residents, including a 300-signature petition.
An H3G spokesman said: "We took on board the residents' comments regarding an alternative site following our meeting with them.
"A radio engineer looked at the alternative sites suggested by residents even though the base station is operating.
"They offered insufficient coverage for Kippax proving our original decision was correct. The residents' insistence that we move the base station would be detrimental to coverage and we do not intend to pursue that route."
16 June 2005
- 17. Jun, 14:40
Harlow Star 16.06.05
HARLOW MP Bill Rammell has censured mobile phone companies for failing to give people living near potential mast sites enough time to make their views heard.
Mr Rammell said he was appalled by the circumstances surrounding the recent application by O2 to erect a 12.5m (41ft) mast in the grounds of the Territorial Army base in Old Harlow.
The application was thrown out by council officers last month on the grounds it would cause significant harm to the comfort of residents and was contrary to the Local Plan.
People living in Bury Road, St John's Road and Old Road have since lobbied Mr Rammell, complaining that neither they nor users of the TA centre and nearby Harlowbury Primary School were properly informed of the application.
At the time a Harlow Council spokeswoman said letters had been sent to Old Road and St John's Road residents and some in Bury Road had also been consulted.
But this week Bury Road resident Kylie Jones said: "The lack of any consultation by O2 in this matter contradicts policies they themselves have published on their website.
"We trust O2 will now find a suitable site away from residential areas and schools and not appeal against this common sense decision."
Mr Rammell said the firm had breached a code of practice agreed by all mobile phone companies which includes a promise to significantly improve consultation.
He has written to the company's chief executive Peter Erskine demanding an explanation.
"I am appalled at the way in which the company, having signed up to the code several years ago, have disregarded it," he said.
"I am also concerned that the mobile phone operators generally are not abiding by the sprit of the code of practice here in Harlow."
Phone masts have courted controversy in recent years due to fears their emissions pose significant health risks.
Last year O2 was granted permission to erect three 16m-high masts and a base station at the Latton Bush Centre, in Southern Way, despite protests from local residents.
- 17. Jun, 14:29
Jun 16, 2005, 16:13 Great Barr Chronicle
A decision to refuse planning permission for a mobile phone mast just weeks after approval was granted for a similar structure nearby has baffled Oscott councillors.
Government planning inspectors upheld a decision to refuse permission for the mast on Queslett Road two weeks after Birmingham's planning committee gave the go-ahead for a similar application on the opposite side of the road.
Mobile phone firm O2 applied to Walsall Council earlier this year for permission to erect a ten metre high mast on land close to the junction of Queslett Road and Doe Bank Lane. Walsall's planning committee threw out the plans, forcing O2 to appeal.
The inspectors have now decided to back the council's original decision and refuse the proposal.
In the meantime, rival phone company T-Mobile applied to Birmingham Council for permission to site a 12 metre mast on land close to the Deer's Leap pub.
Despite overwhelming opposition from local residents, Birmingham planners gave the green light to the scheme.
Ward Councillors John Cotton, Barbara Dring and Keith Linnecor, who led the fight against both applications, said that they were "baffled" by the different stance taken by the two local authorities.
Councillor Cotton said:"It simply beggars belief that one side of the Queslett Road can be ruled as wholly unsuitable for a mast by a Government-appointed inspector, while Birmingham's planners seem content to allow a mast to be put up on the opposite side of the road, just a matter of yards away.
"Residents are understandably angry at Birmingham's failure to defend their interests, compared to the tougher stance taken by Walsall Council".
Cllr Dring, who collected a 500-signature petition against the Deer's Leap mast, added: "The Planning Inspector's findings are correct and welcome, but I have to say that they will come as cold comfort to local people who have already been let down by Birmingham's decision to allow the Deer's Leap mast through without a fight."
- 17. Jun, 14:24
Mobile phone campaigners across East Finchley and Muswell Hill have taken a leaf out of Bob Dylan's song book and penned a protest song to perform at the East Finchley Festival on June 26.
Hammering home their opposition message, the radiation song' will be performed to the tune of Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall by Muswell Hill band, the Doggy Jammers.
The band will be joined by a newly formed East Finchley-based protest group, who are collaborating to oppose the installation of a 3G phone mast at the quaint Holy Trinity Church, Church Lane, East Finchley.
For the past seven years the bell spire, where a mast is to be installed, has been the nesting grounds for a tawny own.
Protestors say that they have tried to contact the church's The Rev Laurence Hill to share their concerns, but say they have been continuously snubbed.
The church, through QS4, a firm specialising in negotiating deals between phone companies and churches, is expected to make around £10,000 a year for hosting the mast.
Campaign organiser David Broome, of Church Lane, said: "We intend to ask the vicar what insurance cover there would be that a mast of this power and design will guarantee our health in 25 years' time."
Mr Hill was not available for comment.
4:50pm Thursday 16th June 2005
- 17. Jun, 13:53
Jun 16 2005
By Linda Foo Guest, Maghull & Aintree Star
PLANS for a mobile phone mast at Central Square have been quashed by Sefton Council.
Vodafone's application to put a mast outside 46 West-way has been refused by Sefton Council's planning committee.
The mast was refused because it is an intrusive feature on the street scene.
Maghull councillors say they are "cautiously optimistic" that their efforts have seen off the telecommunications giant.
Cllr Cliff Mainey said: "I am delighted but tinged with a bit of caution that this mast application has failed at this attempt.
"As well as its proximity to a residential area this is a town centre. We must keep its open aspect.
"I believe the visual impact would be detrimental."
Mobile phone company, O2, first applied to build a mast at the same spot and was refused by Sefton Council.
The company have since appealed to the government's planning inspectorate who have reversed Sefton Council's decision and granted O2 permission to erect a mast on the spot.
Cllr Roy Connell said: "The three ward councillors would like to thank and congratulate Dorothy Barns and other residents who supported the petition.
"This is not necessarily the final decision, the applicant could appeal to the planning directorate and the decision could be overturned as was the one for O2."
A spokeswoman for Vodafone said: "It is a great disappointment for Vodafone's application to be rejected.
"We will look very carefully at the reasons for the decision before we appeal, it won't be a hurried decision."
- 17. Jun, 13:51
18:00 - 16 June 2005
Residents cheered when councillors refused a mobile phone mast on a Witham estate. Witham Area Committee rejected an application from Hutchison 3G for a mast off Spa Road, opposite Powers Hall Junior and Infants School. Planning officers recommended approval.
- 17. Jun, 13:50
- 17. Jun, 13:48
This is Devon
18:00 - 16 June 2005
An international mobile phone company has been rapped for flouting planning restrictions on Exmoor. Exmoor National Park Authority members sent a clear message to MM02 after the company raised the height of a mast at Beacon Down Quarry, Parracombe, to 30m.
Permission had been given in 2002 for a 20m mast for use in the Airwave police mobile communications system.
In October 2003, new agents acting on behalf of MM02 told the authority the mast was not good enough and in order to provide adequate coverage they needed to raise it to 29m.
An authority spokesman said the agents were told the mast would be too high on the skyline and damaging to the landscape.
But in August a new mast was discovered in the quarry.
It was 31m above ground level and thicker that the previous mast.
Also, the mast's equipment cabinet was cream with a plastic-like finish, rather than the stone and slate construction required by the authority.
After questions by planning officers the MM02 agent said a mistake had been made when the quarry cliff face was measured.
They said a 20m mast did not reach the top of the quarry and so could not provide coverage.
A spokesman said: "Airwave's radio planning department have always requested that a 4.5m height mast above the top of the quarry would be required to provide the necessary coverage.
"Indeed the original application submitted and approved details a mast which protrudes above the highest point of the quarry by four metres, plus antenna."
Planning officers said the original drawings were not accurate.
They said suggestions had also been made for alternative ways of providing coverage.
A retrospective application for the new mast was refused by the authority's planning committee and enforcement action will be taken to remove the mast.
After the meeting head of planning Chris France said: "It is a pity that this company who had received planning permission for a 20m mast subsequently erected one 50% higher, hoping to get away with it.
"I hope members' decision to refuse permission for its retention will send a clear message."
- 17. Jun, 13:45
-Greenpeace thanks you for taking action to protect the Tasmanian Old-growth forests-
Sakyo at Global rescue station © Greenpeace
© Murayama Yoshiaki
"With the voices from more than 15,000 Cyberactivists, the 400-year-old giant tree that we sat -in for five months has been protected. However, logging and clear cutting of old growth forests will still continue under this agreement despite the Australian people's desire to see the rapid phase out of old growth logging. Japanese markets still have the responsibility to take measures to avoid buying ancient forest destruction." Greenpeace Japan volunteer activist, Sakyo Noda.
In November, 2003, Greenpeace launched the Global Rescue Station in the Styx Valley of Tasmania, Australia to protect the world's tallest hardwood tree and the forest biodiversity. Greenpeace activists, including Sakyo Noda, sit-in at the Global Rescue Station for five months called on - international markets to take actions to protect the Tasmanian Old-growth forests. Also, you acted as a cyber-activist to - demanded that the Japanese paper market stop buying Tasmanian ancient forest destruction.
After the pressure and actions, recently the Australian Government has agreed to protection for some of the world's tallest hardwoods, the giant "Eucalyptus Regnans." Without the work of Greenpeace, other organizations and your action, these trees were all marked for being cut.
However, old growth logging in the state has not been phased yet and will continue at the rate of 2600 hectares per year. There is still more that remains to be done.
It is still important for customers, in the international market place, to know that the fight to protect the old growth forests of Tasmania is not over yet despite the Australian Government's announcement. The customers involvement in this problem, by demanding products that continue to drive the destruction, will be noted by Greenpeace and other groups.
THE DEAL - THE GOOD AND THE BAD
The deal on Tasmanian forests announced by Prime Minister Howard means the following:
* 120,000 hectares of old growth has been protected with only 58,000 hectares in formal reserves. Much of the rest is in streamside, steep slopes and skylines that could never be cut under forest management rules. It was hoped that total of 240,000hectares would have been protected.
* In the North Styx valley, a key area where giant eucalyptus trees grow up to 90 metres, 4,210 hectares has been protected, including the coup where Greenpeace had occupied a giant tree called Gandalf's Staff for over five months. It was hoped that 18,700 hectares would have been protected.
* Clear felling will be reduced to 20% of all the old growth logging in Tasmania
* Important old growth forests in the North East of Tasmania (Blue Tier, Great Western Tiers, Ben Lomond) remains open to logging
Greenpeace Japan continues the work to call for Japanese paper markets to have a procurement policy for paper products that avoids buying ancient forest destruction. Through the Greenpeace activities, Fuji Xerox and Canon have stated their procurement policy on paper products. They now needs to implement this policy.
Please send your message to the Japanese paper companies to protect Tasmanian forests. Act now!
You can help save ancient forest. Support Greenpeace Japan forest protection activities today!
- 17. Jun, 13:26
Cellular News 16 06 05
A study conducted by the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz has found that having a cell phone tower on a building reduces the price of neighboring residential properties by an average of 8-20%, with a peak of a halving of the value of an apartment in one case.
Property surveyor Boaz Barzilai discovered in his research that the location of a cellular antenna causes nearby apartments to lose 8-20 percent of their value and even more in some instances.
The paper noted that some lawsuits have been filed with local building and planning councils in Ramat Hasharon and Tel Aviv, due to a drop in value of apartments located near cellular antennas. Additional lawsuits are in their initial stages of preparation.
The lawsuits are for 20-30 percent of the apartments' value.
- 17. Jun, 13:21
17 June 2005
Hampstead and Highgate Express
CAMPAIGNERS in Highgate have won their fight to stop a mobile phone mast going up near their children's school.
Mobile phone giant O2 wanted to put a freestanding 12.5m mast on the pavement in Aylmer Road, just 200m from Highgate Primary School in North Hill.
More than 180 people signed a petition against the proposal and Haringey Council planners refused the application last week.
But parent Andrea Klein, who has a son at the 366-pupil school, said: "The mast has been refused but sadly for the wrong reasons. It was refused because it is in a conservation area, near Metropolitan Open Land and Transport for London also objected to having it on their pathway.
"It was lucky for us but we are continuing to fight for other reasons, such as health, to be just as valid.
- 17. Jun, 13:19
Bundeswirtschaftsminister Wolfgang Clement will die verschärfte Sozialkontrolle bei ALG-II-Empfängern. Dazu ein „Schrägstrich“ von Fritz Eckenga in der Sendung Morgenecho vom 8. Juni 2005. (pdf) http://www.wdr5.de/sendungen/morgenecho/manuskript/050608_eckenga.pdf
Auch zum Anhören:
Aus: LabourNet Nachrichtensammlung, Band 26, Eintrag 10
- 17. Jun, 13:14
„Erste Studie über Hartz-IV-Empfänger in Kreuzberg: Nach den Vorschriften müsste jeder Dritte seine Wohnung verlassen. Auf ganz Berlin gerechnet wären das 50.000 bis 70.000 Hartz-IV-Haushalte. Wegen Hartz IV müssen viel mehr Berliner um ihre Wohnungen fürchten als bislang gedacht. Das ergibt eine Studie des Stadtforschungsinstituts Topos über "Sozialstruktur und Lebensverhältnisse der Hartz-IV-Empfänger in Kreuzberg", die gestern vorgestellt wurde. Demnach zahlt etwa ein Drittel der Kreuzberger Hartz-IV-Haushalte Mieten, die über den vom rot-roten Senat festgelegten Höchstgrenzen für "angemessenen Wohnraum" liegen. Auf ganz Berlin hochgerechnet würde dies 50.000 bis 70.000 Haushalte betreffen…“ Artikel von Richard Rother in tageszeitung-Berlin-lokal vom 15.06.2005
Aus: LabourNet Nachrichtensammlung, Band 26, Eintrag 10
- 17. Jun, 13:10
Remitimos la tercera entrega de la serie HOY COMO AYER.
También alguna otra noticia, destacando como la más triste que en el Colegio Villa Fátima de Burriana (Castellón) se ha declarado un nuevo caso de leucemia en el mes de abril, en una niña de 5 años.
- 17. Jun, 11:44
Fear can be a lucrative business. That, at least, is what American companies selling security gadgets are finding out as the US government continues to spend billions of dollars on a variety of different Homeland Security programs. The only problem? Most of them are useless.
- 17. Jun, 11:32
Key lawmakers, alarmed by international condemnation of U.S. treatment of prisoners at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said yesterday they will press Congress to intervene in detainee policies despite the Bush administration's claim that running the detention camp is the province of the executive branch and the military.
- 17. Jun, 11:30
The indefinite holding of foreign terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay is creating new political headaches for President Bush and his allies on Capitol Hill.
- 17. Jun, 11:28
The House handed President Bush the first defeat in his effort to preserve the broad powers of the USA Patriot Act, voting yesterday to curtail the FBI's ability to seize library and bookstore records for terrorism investigations.
- 17. Jun, 11:27
Ilkley News 16.06.05
ADVANCING technology is the main reason why so many applications for phone masts are beginning to sprout up in the Wharfedale area, according to to a local councillor.
The technology used by many mobile phone companies today is Third Generation - more commonly known as `3G' - which essentially turns phones into multimedia players, with the capacity to download music and video clips.
Councillor Chris Greaves (Con, Wharfedale) told villagers attending the Menston Neighbourhood Forum last week that the Government has sold off 3G licenses for billions of pounds, and mobile phone operators need the infrastructure to run the services.
He said the previous 2G service required fewer but larger masts. However, the 3G service requires more but smaller masts.
Councillor Greaves said councils must follow Government policy regarding planning applications for masts.
And he added that the Government encourages new telecom systems and competition, which is why proposals for smaller masts can be `fast-tracked'.
The smaller masts, which are under 15 metres tall, require the applicant to submit a prior notification plan, in which a council is told by the operator that they intend to erect a mast.
The council then has 56 days to consider the proposal, and if refusal is not delivered within that time, the mast can be put up.
Coun Greaves said the second type of mast are those over 15 metres tall, which do require planning permission.
Planning officers have the delegated power to decide a refusal, and if officers recommend approval the decision is always made by the Area Planning Panel.
Coun Greaves stressed that if a refusal is not justified for policy reasons, it would be overturned on an appeal by the operator. He also said if a refusal is determined to be `perverse', a council could be sued with costs being awarded to the operator.
When deciding on a mast application, planning panels are allowed to consider design and siting issues.
But Coun Greaves said panels cannot refuse a mast on the basis of proximity to houses or health issues.
Two mobile phone mast proposals were recently proposed for Menston, one an application for a site on Bingley Road which was refused and the second a `prior notification' proposal at the Menstone Social Club that was withdrawn.
More than 200 Menston people rallied to the call of Farnley Road residents in a protest against the now-abandoned plan to put up a mast at the social club.
People living near the Coultas Close club recently called for the support of those living elsewhere in the village, against the plan they claimed would spoil the appearance of the area.
They also feared the as yet unknown long-term effects of mast emissions on the health of those living near masts.
Mobile phone network T Mobile has since withdrawn the plan, and is looking at putting up a mast on Bradford Road in Burley-in-Wharfedale, which is also attracting opposition.
A 238-signature petition drawn up against the now-withdrawn Coultas Close mast is due to be noted by Bradford Council's Shipley Area Planning Panel today.
Councillors are expected to note that the petition, plus any details of new proposals in the area, should be brought before a future panel meeting.
Posted Thursday 16 June 2005
Councillor Greaves needs educating!
- 17. Jun, 11:21
Attac - BUND - Campact - Mehr Demokratie
Berlin, 17. Juni 2005
* Aktion zur ersten Lesung der Neuregelung der Nebeneinkünfte von Abgeordneten: * "Lasst den Lobbyisten die Luft raus!"
Mit einer Aktion vor dem Bundestag haben das Online-Netzwerk Campact, Attac, der BUND und Mehr Demokratie alle Fraktionen des Bundestages aufgefordert, dem rot-grünen Gesetzentwurf für mehr Transparenz bei den Nebeneinkünften von Abgeordneten zuzustimmen.
Dieser wird heute in erster Lesung beraten. Unter dem Motto "Nebeneinkünfte veröffentlichen – Lasst den Lobbyisten die Luft raus!" ließen die Aktivisten vor dem Bundestag eine sechs Meter hohe, einen Lobbyisten darstellende Figur in sich zusammen sinken.
"Lobbyisten gehören nicht auf Abgeordnetenstühle", so Christoph Bautz, Pressesprecher von Campact. "Mit umfassenden Transparenzregeln müssen die Wähler ihnen das Handwerk legen." Die Bürger würden schon seit sechs Monaten auf Konsequenzen aus den Skandalen vom Jahresanfang warten.
Unterstützt wird die Aktion auch von 600 Online-Aktivisten: Diese forderten in einem Offenen Brief die Fraktions-vorsitzenden Angela Merkel (Union) und Wolfgang Gerhardt (FDP) auf, "der verschärften Veröffentlichungspflicht keine Steine in den Weg zu legen, sondern ihr zuzustimmen." Vor den Neuwahlen blieben noch zwei Wochen Zeit, sagte Bautz: "Wenn das Gesetz jetzt weiter verzögert wird, ist es tot. Das müssen wir verhindern."
Die Organisationen begrüßen den vorliegenden Gesetzentwurf als Schritt in die richtige Richtung, auch wenn er nicht alle ihre Forderungen erfüllt. So bemängeln sie, dass das Gesetz nur drei Einkommensstufen vorsieht. Auch sei die Freigrenze von 1.000 Euro zu hoch. "Durch dieses Gesetz könnten die Menschen wenigstens ungefähr sehen, wer sich von wem bezahlen lässt - und entsprechend reagieren", sagte Attac-Sprecher Malte Kreutzfeldt. "Damit wäre ein erster Schritt getan, weitere müssen folgen."
"Jetzt gilt es, das Gesetz sicher durch den Bundestag zu bekommen", so Norbert Franck vom BUND. Gerade bei Energie- und Umweltgesetzen sei der Einfluss von Industrielobbyisten enorm. Besonders vor einer Bundestagswahl sei entschiedenes Handeln der Politik in Sachen Transparenz wichtig, meint auch Christian Posselt von Mehr Demokratie: "Die Parlamentarier sollten alles tun, verloren gegangenes Vertrauen der Bürger zurückzugewinnen."
* Christoph Bautz, Campact e.V.: firstname.lastname@example.org,
t 04231-957441, m 0163-5957593
* Malte Kreutzfeldt, Attac: email@example.com,
t 069-90028142, m 0170-2334746
* Norbert Franck, BUND e.V.: firstname.lastname@example.org,
* Christian Posselt, Mehr Demokratie e.V.:
email@example.com, t 030-42082370
und Fotos von der Aktion (ab ca. 12 Uhr):
- 17. Jun, 10:59
- 17. Jun, 10:55
The basic function of government is to protect person and property, but all too often government does just the opposite. In their zeal to protect us from financial fraud, government officials recently engaged in a series of actions that have cost tens of thousands of innocent people their jobs, reduced U.S. international competitiveness, and destroyed more than $1 trillion in value for American shareholders. ... In the wake of the Enron scandal, the government went after Enron's auditor, Arthur Andersen, and destroyed the company. The Supreme Court has just overturned the conviction of Arthur Andersen. The government's irresponsible attack on the company cost 28,000 innocent people their jobs and made the auditing business less competitive, which has substantially increased auditing costs for every U.S. company. That, in turn, hurts their employees, suppliers and customers...
from Washington Times, by Richard W. Rahn
Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
- 17. Jun, 10:47
It is at this time of the year that some sentimental Americans reflect on the greatness of the Founding Fathers. Albeit, in the face of 'political Correctness,' the 'pop culture' mindset, and a government school system that has abandoned American history, the numbers who ponder such topics are shrinking. Nevertheless, several profound essays have been written on the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and their fates in the wake of that momentous occasion. It is worthwhile to consider just a few from among those perhaps greatest of Americans, how their examples spoke to the nation at its inception, and what an abandonment of their ideals might portend for its future...
from Frontiers of Freedom, by Chris Adamo
Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
- 17. Jun, 10:38
With American military personnel being sentenced to prison for abusing Iraqi prisoners of war and Amnesty International calling the military detention facility at Guantánamo Bay a 'gulag,' the world's attention is being drawn to this nation's treatment of the prisoners it takes on foreign battlefields. That's an encouraging development, but as someone who's spent more than his share of time in prisons right here in the U.S., I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. More than 2 million people languish in prisons and jails here, frequently enduring conditions of confinement that rise to the level of torture...
from CounterPunch, by Adrian Lomax
Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
- 17. Jun, 10:33
'Absurd!' George Bush exclaimed. 'Reprehensible!' Donald Rumsfeld charged. 'Ridiculous!' stated Scott McClellan. 'I'm offended!' declared Dick Cheney. What are they all so upset about? Is it the stripping and shackling of Guantanámo prisoners low to the ground, the forcible squeezing of their genitals, the smearing of menstrual blood on Muslim detainees, the shooting of rubber bullets at inmates, the forcing of prisoners to stand cruciform in the sun until they collapse, the desecration of the Koran, or the psychological torture documented at Gitmo by Physicians for Human Rights? Are they concerned about the treatment of Mohammed al-Qahtani, who was force-fed liquids through an IV and then forbidden from urinating, and who evidenced 'behavior consistent with extreme psychological trauma,' according to Time Magazine? No, it's Team Bush engaging in damage control after Amnesty International labeled the United States prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, 'the gulag of our time'...
from TruthOut, by Marjorie Cohn
Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
- 17. Jun, 10:31
Many critics see the memo as the ultimate proof of Bush's duplicity -- and, given that no U.S. newspaper picked up the story for two weeks (and then buried it deep inside), as further evidence of the mainstream media's cravenness. Others, and not just Bush apologists, see the affair as overblown and the document's contents as no big deal. So, let's go to the memo. Actually, let's go to seven memos: the famous minutes; a secret Cabinet Office report written two days before the ministers' meeting (published last weekend by the Sunday Times and the Washington Post); and five eyes-only memos, written around the same time, about various official British meetings with President Bush, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz...
from Slate, by Fred Kaplan
Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
- 17. Jun, 10:25
Tomorrow's presidential elections in Iran will prompt a predictable chorus of criticism from many officials and lobby groups throughout the United States. The elections, they will point out, are a sham intended to give a cloak of respectability to what we all know is just a tyranny. What the Iranian people need, their argument will continue, is a change of regime, sponsored by the United States, that will bring them democracy and open a new chapter on human rights. But to argue that the United States should try to destabilize the present order in Iran and help introduce new democratic rule reveals a curious irony that reveals much about contemporary values... [editor's note: Interesting article ... but I was kind of hoping it would reveal a different kind of "sham" -- how come proponents of "democracy" in Iran never note that it's easier for an opposition candidate to get on the ballot in Iran than in, say, Oklahoma? - TLK]
Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
from Intellectual Conservative, by Roger Howard
- 17. Jun, 10:22
As Democrats regroup from the electoral drubbing of 2004, they intend to portray Republicans as they themselves were cast a decade ago: a majority corrupted by political hubris gone awry. If a unifying strategic theme can be found among Democrats as they prepare for midterm elections, it is their intention to run as the alternative to what they claim is Republican legislative overreach and abuse. They'll 'absolutely' run on their refusal to capitulate to Republican policies, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared in an interview. But compared with the Republicans of 1994, she said, 'We have a stronger case.'" [subscription or ad view required] (06/17/05)
from Salon, by David Paul Kuhn
Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
- 17. Jun, 10:20
We will lose the war in Iraq, whether in five years time or 50. The longer the postponement, the more costly the delay. We do not know the enemy; we do not know our own history; we do not know ourselves. That collective ignorance may lead to knowledge one day, a knowledge too painful to accept at the present, but we're fated to learn some fragments of it one day in the future, more than a few painful lessons...
Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
- 17. Jun, 10:19
Bob Woodward revealed that the decision to go to war had already been made in his book, Plan of Attack, but the media doesn't cover books. Leaked memos, however, are another matter: especially ones with 'SECRET AND STRICTLY PERSONAL -- UK EYES ONLY' emblazoned at the top, along with a further notation: 'This record is extremely sensitive. No further copies should be made. It should be shown only to those with a genuine need to know its contents.' Well, yes, we genuinely do need to know why our young people are dying by the dozens every week, until now it's over 1,700 and rising. And it isn't sensitive anymore, now that the horse is out of the barn, so it's OK for the public to see these previously secret documents: that's why we're reading them today and why they're being covered in the 'mainstream' media...
from AntiWar.Com, by Justin Raimondo
Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
- 17. Jun, 10:17
Section 215 of the new Patriot Act destroys fundamental parts of our Constitution. Under Section 215, there no longer needs to be probable cause for a search. Under Section 215, the searchers no longer need a search warrant, to be delivered up to the person being searched. Under Section 215, judicial review of requests for search warrants is reduced to a mockery. The judge is only entitled to determine if the applicant is a government agent. Meaningful judicial review of the grounds for the search is eliminated. Under Section 215, requests for a search warrant may be based in part on an assertion that someone has exercised their Constitutional rights under the First Amendment...
from Liberty For All, by George Phillies
Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
- 17. Jun, 10:15
American officials lied to British ministers over the use of 'internationally reviled' napalm-type firebombs in Iraq. Yesterday's disclosure led to calls by MPs for a full statement to the Commons and opened ministers to allegations that they held back the facts until after the general election. Despite persistent rumours of injuries among Iraqis consistent with the use of incendiary weapons such as napalm, Adam Ingram, the Defence minister, assured Labour MPs in January that US forces had not used a new generation of incendiary weapons, codenamed MK77, in Iraq. But Mr Ingram admitted to the Labour MP Harry Cohen in a private letter obtained by The Independent that he had inadvertently misled Parliament because he had been misinformed by the US...
from Independent [UK]
Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
- 17. Jun, 10:11
Rank-and-file House Republicans, citing nervousness among colleagues and lack of intensity on the issue, say their leaders probably won't force a vote on Social Security this year. But the White House is calling for action and promising to campaign for those who back the effort to revamp the program. 'I think there's a growing feeling that there's a greater chance it won't happen this time,' said Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia Republican. Another House Republican, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that Republicans 'have lost a lot of momentum' on the effort and that a Supreme Court vacancy will likely 'shut the Senate down for months [and] push the issue into next year. There's a growing expectation this will not happen this year,' the Republican said...
from Washington Times
Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
- 17. Jun, 10:08
Amid new questions about President Bush's drive to topple Saddam Hussein, several House Democrats urged lawmakers on Thursday to conduct an official inquiry to determine whether the president intentionally misled Congress. At a public forum where the word 'impeachment' loomed large, Exhibit A was the so-called Downing Street memo, a prewar document leaked from inside the British government to The Sunday Times of London a month and a half ago. Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, organized the event.
from Indianapolis Star
Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
- 17. Jun, 10:06
Mobile phone giant O2 wants to put up a new mast in Pagham across the road from a popular playgroup meeting place. The firm has issued notification that it intends to install the structure, believed to be 15 metres high, a similar distance across Nyetimber Lane from the Pagham Church Centre.
This is used five mornings and two afternoons a week by 65 children in Pagham Playgroup. It also hosts sessions of the Brownies, Guides, Rainbows as well as a mother and toddler group.
Two masts are already sited nearby on the football club and cricket club grounds.
Full report in the June 16 edition of the Bognor Regis Observer
16 June 2005
This is one of three local campaigns against 02. The other two areas, Avisford Park (near me), and West Park, have joined together to fight 02 on three fronts. Other areas of Bognor Regis are helping, too.
Pagham and West Park proposed sites are only 1 mile away on opposite sides from Avisford Park. West Park has been blitzed for the past eighteen months.
The petition total has now passed the 500 mark with many more to come in.
Viva the people and people power!
- 17. Jun, 10:01
16/06/2005 Walton news and Mail
By TONY GREEN
PLANS to install a phone mast near to homes have sparked a protest from dozens of families concerned about the health risk to their children.
Telecommunications company Vodafone sent Elmbridge Council details of their intention to erect a 12-metre mast on land by Somerset Close in Hersham, near two blocks of flats and several houses.
The site is just yards away from the spot where T-Mobile wanted to erect a 10-metre mast on the roundabout at Queens Road in Hersham. That application was not approved but T-mobile has lodged an appeal against the council’s decision.
Because of the planning laws surrounding mobile phone masts, applications cannot be rejected on the basis of health concerns. The council has already received 50 letters of objection about the Vodafone mast.
Mum Tara Howland told the News & Mail: “Nobody I have spoken to wants it and we are all concerned about the health risks although they aren’t something the council can take into consideration.”
Masts less than 15 metres tall do not need full planning permission. Mobile phone operators only need to give the council prior notification. If the council objects within eight weeks, permission is refused, but the authority can only do this on the grounds of the mast’s location and appearance.
“Residents are completely outraged,” said Tara. “Vodafone haven’t considered other sites away from people’s homes and they haven’t considered mast sharing.
“We were surprised to have a minimum of 21 days to object. They just put a notice up on the post a couple of months ago saying they were considering putting in an application, but nobody has been contacted since. It was the council that contacted me once the application was sent in.
“There are lots and lots of families in this area,” she said. “The residents and the whole community just do not want these masts in and around our village. If the Government is advising that masts should not be put up near schools, why put one near to where my daughter will be sleeping 10 to 12 hours a night?”
A Vodafone spokeswoman said the proposal was designed to improve their network signal in the area.
“In order for people to use mobile phones – and lots of us do – there has to be nearby base stations,” she said. “They have to be near because they are very low-powered.
“The guidelines to which we comply are there to protect all of us, 24 hours a day, whether you live nearby or not. Proximity to residences is not the issue.
Omega this statement is plain and simple not true. See further under: http://omega.twoday.net/stories/771911/
“It is always regrettable if people feel they have not been consulted when they should be. We do work very hard to try and ensure we consult people, at the very least at ward councillor level.
“We are always happy to address any concern at any stage in the process. As soon as the application goes in, there is an opportunity, as the residents have taken, to make their views known.
“We have a requirement in a specific area and moving outside that area would not work for us technically.
“We always consider every option. It is only after taking into account all the various elements that we come up with an option that we put forward as a planning application.”
Details of the application, number 2005/1172, can be seen at the planning department of the Civic Centre on Esher High Street.
- 17. Jun, 09:58
- 17. Jun, 09:55
by David Wynn
PROTESTERS in East Kilbride have rung up a victory against mobile phone giants T-Mobile.
The News can reveal the German company has ‘put on hold’ plans to erect a 50 foot phone mast on Mossneuk Road.
The shock decision comes after nearby residents and Hairmyres councillor David Watson launched petitions against the controversial plans.
More than 300 people put their names to the protest amid fears that the masts are a health hazard.
And locals were delighted this week when T-Mobile announced they are now looking for a more suitable location.
The unlikely victory will also give hope to fellow protesters in Calderwood and Stewartfield who are battling against similar plans for their area.
Councillor Watson said: “This is definitely a victory of sorts as T-Mobile are now looking for a more suitable, alternative site.
“They have said the plans are ‘on-hold’ because they have to be very careful about how they word such things.
“If they said they were scrapped then that would perhaps set a precedent and the company obviously wouldn’t want that.
“But this has shown that if a community sticks together and shows resolve then things can be done.
“We voiced a lot of concerns about this proposal and in fairness to T-Mobile, they took these on board.
“If the company did decide to come back to this site or another one in my ward then I would be looking for re-assurances that they would carry out a full public consultation and also attend a public meeting.”
Residents living near Barrie Road in Calderwood and Fairfield Place in Stewartfield will now be looking to give T-Mobile another bloody nose after they announced plans to build masts near them.
A spokesperson for T-Mobile confirmed the company were looking at alternatives to Mossneuk Road. He said: “After pre-planning consultation we have re-evaluated the site and are looking at other options.
“We have looked at the various feedback and want to find the best alternative for both the company and the communities we serve.”
The spokesperson added that no decision had been made yet on the proposed sites at Calderwood and Stewartfield as consultation was still ongoing.
- 17. Jun, 09:51
EDITORIAL - firstname.lastname@example.org
16 June 2005
A LARGE mobile phone base station could be built within 30 metres of a primary school playing field.
Parents, governors and staff at St Dominic's School in Harpenden are united in their opposition to the proposed building of the base station on Network Rail land near their playing field.
Ironically the land was once used as a playing field by the school which leased it from the-then Railtrack and eventually reached agreement with the company to return it to them for use as a car park.
St Dominic's head, Andrew Rafferty, confirmed that after researching the proposal, they had discovered that the 20-metre mast would be just 30 metres away from the school's playing field.
He said: "The PTA has met, the governors have met and the parents are very anxious and concerned about this. They want this proposed mast stopped. We feel that while technology moves on, the risks associated with this kind of technology are just too great to put it near a school."
Mr Rafferty said he understood that the applicants, Hutchison 3G, had made approaches to put the base station at a number of other sites but they were refused.
The school would now be approaching Network Rail to ask them to refuse permission. Mr Rafferty added: "We don't want this mast near the school. We are not politicians but there must be other sites not near schools and there must be other ways of achieving a mast in Harpenden."
Cllr Julian Daly, who incorporates St Dominic's in his district council Harpenden West ward, said Hutchison 3G were currently in the pre-consultation stage and would probably go ahead to planning around the end of July.
He maintained situating the base station where it was proposed was contrary to the findings of the Stewart Report which recommends they should not be near schools. Cllr Daly added: "I don't think it should be there because of the proximity to the school. I appreciate the difficulties because we all have mobile phones but the scientific evidence is ambivalent and I go along with the findings of the Stewart Report."
A spokesman for Hutchison 3G said no decision had yet been taken about pushing ahead to the planning stage. While the base station was close to a school, the site was classed as industrial by the district council because it was at a railway station which meant they might take a more favourable view of it.
The company had carried out a thorough search for alternative sites and had a couple of other options which were less favourable and not so far advanced.
- 17. Jun, 09:49
BBC News Online
Residents against the siting of a 3G mobile phone mast near their homes plan to voice their opposition to phone company T-Mobile on Thursday.
The company hopes to build a 15m mast on farmland near a school and housing estate in Hoghton, Lancashire .
A representative from T-Mobile will be available to meet residents in a drop-in session one-to-one from 1600 to 1900 BST at Coupe Green Primary School .
But opponents believe the company should have a public meeting.
Campaigner Chris Nelson said residents were concerned about the siting of the masts near a housing estate and Coupe Green school.
"Other groups have told us that these one-to-one meetings are a waste of time," he said.
"We are expecting more than 150 people going along and not everybody will get a chance to have their say," he said.
An email sent to Mr Nelson from the company said the drop-in sessions followed a code of conduct agreed with the government.
"In our experience we find that members of the community prefer the one-to-one type of meeting to address their own issues at a time which suits them, rather than the public meeting which often becomes confrontational and counter productive," said John Carwardine, Community Affairs Manager with T-Mobile (UK).
A T-Mobile spokesman told the BBC: "Based on over 40 years of research, T-Mobile is confident that its base stations, operating within strict national and international guidelines (recognised by the World Health Organisation), do not present a health risk to any member of the public."
Omega this statement is plain and simple not true. See further under: http://omega.twoday.net/stories/771911/
T-Mobile and its "40 years of research" yet again - this blatant lie is becoming very tiresome indeed - as is the term " strict guidelines".
- 17. Jun, 09:40
The industry/establishment's recitation is that 'evidence' of mast safety comes from an esteemed International body known as ICNIRP supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the British Medical Association (BMA) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon.
Sounds impressive. So does it mean that all their pronouncements are quite separate and so additive, coming from unchallengeable sources?
The BMA have not conducted any technical or original work. Their Interim Report 2001 and Update 2005 only re-state the published Reviews of ICNIRP participants, including the UK's NRPB (now HPA).
The original selection of which research to include and more importantly what to exclude for review, apart from how it was assessed, rather determines all conclusions. Visit the BMA website - they are not offering any independent certainty, just echoing the less than independent 'experts' applying their erroneous dogma.
When we hear 'World Health Organisation', what is meant is The WHO EMF Group - until recently led by Michael Repacholi, an ICNIRP stalwart, and his few industry connected seconded helpers. There is very good reason for the public not to have confidence in the impartiality of this group. The IARC are also represented on the ICNIRP Committee. The Cancer establishment have never been inclined to shine light on environmental causes of cancer when it is man made. Though they are relaxed so long as it's a 'natural' source.
Current wheeze in explaining localised excesses (e.g.masts, nuclear, ) is that - 'viruses are involved'.
Nifty, since there are well known particular cancers of viral origin, such as cervical -hpv/warts, liver - hep and Epstein-Barr virus.
So, 98% of cancer resources much publicly donated, goes in every other direction, but usually towards the progression mechanisms linked to the creation of 'treatments', on behalf of big pharma. A perfect world.
What we see throughout is the fine tradition of elites endorsing the statements of other elites.
How about this?
1. The ICNIRP Guidelines
The ICNIRP guidelines as officially endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) were formulated in 1998 and largely adopted in the Western world..
"Induction of cancer from long-term EMF exposure was not considered to be established, and so these guidelines are based on short-term immediate health effects such as stimulation of peripheral nerves and muscles, shocks and burns caused by touching conducting objects and elevated tissue temperatures resulting from absorption of energy during exposure to EMF. In the case of potential long term effects of exposure, such as an increased risk of cancer, ICNIRP concluded that available data are insufficient to provide a basis for setting exposure restrictions..." http://www.icnirp.de/documents/emfgdl.pdf
That is to say that the ICNIRP only protect against short-term heat effects, i.e. we won't be Œcooked in the beam! There are no guidelines to protect against any other effects!
However in 1992 The German Federal Radiation Protection Agency had published a statement, which clearly referred to non-thermal, biological effects of microwave radiation and marked a watershed in our understanding of living systems. "Specific effects which are not related to heating have been described in the scientific literature for approximately 15 years. If a high frequency radiation is amplitude modulated with another frequency, field effects can occur, which do not exist under unmodulated radiation. These manifest mostly as changes in the permeability of the cell membranes. For example, it has been found that with high frequency radiation with a frequency of 147 MHz, which was modulated with frequencies between 6 and 20 Hz, the calcium efflux from cell cultures was significantly increased (by 1020%) for certain frequencies. Generally, a complex dependency of these effects on intensity and frequency has been observed, showing that certain frequency windows are particularly active. These membrane effects have been replicated many times, so that their existence has become established scientific knowledge. It needs to be noted that the SAR values used in some studies were lower than 0.01 W/kg, and therefore significantly below the threshold of thermally relevant intensities."
Mobilfunk - die verkaufte Gesundheit (Mobile communications - the sell-out of health) by Dr med Hans-Christoph Scheiner, published by Michaels Verlag, March 2006 The source listed in the Bibliographie of the book reads: Strahlenschutzkommission SSK, 1992: 'Schutz vor elektromagnetischer Strahlung beim Mobilfunk'. Bundesanzeiger Nr 43, 03. March 1992, Veroeffentlichungen der Strahlenschutzkommission, Band 24. The original publication can be ordered here http://www.ssk.de/pub/kurzinfo/b24.htm
An eminent epidemiologist, Prof. J.R. Goldsmith, said: "There are strong political and economic reasons for wanting there to be no health effect of RF/MW exposure, just as there are strong public health reasons for more accurately portraying the risks. Those of us who intend to speak for public health must be ready for opposition that is nominally, but not truly, scientific."
From Mast Sanity/Mast Network
Competing interests, conflicts of interest: Who's funding WHO?
The guidelines are obsolete
Review of ICNIRP EMF exposure guidelines
The Precautionary Principle and Regulation of Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields
GUIDELINES BASED ON KEY STUDIES
Emissions from Cell Sites below International Guidelines
ICNIRP Guideline Critique
Mobile Telephony: Standards more than insufficient
Current planning guidelines do not recognise adverse health effects of masts
The Inadequacy of the ICNIRP Guidelines
The ICNIRP Saga
On ICNIRP EMF exposure guidelines
The ICNIRP Guidelines: RF risk assessment built on a house of cards
ICNIRP EMF exposure guidelines to be revised
Measure people, not masts
WLAN, DECT in Schools and Kindergardens
Letter to the WHO from the WSF (World Social Forum)
WHO, EMF, Electromagnetic Radiation and Mobile Phones
- 17. Jun, 09:39
Date Published: Thursday 16 June 2005
Marlborough Gazette and Herald
A controversial plan to erect a mobile phone mast within 170 metres of Great Bedwyn Primary School has been approved despite concerns about the children's health.
Vodafone's telecommunications base station at Wansdyke Crossing in Little Bedwyn will be the fourth mast within 400 metres of the school.
The regulatory committee of Kennet District Council approved the application by seven votes to five after hearing that a recent Appeal Court decision meant that the telecom giants would almost certainly win any appeal against refusal.
Gordon Stone, chairman of Great Bedwyn parish council, told the meeting last Thursday that there was grave concern because the site was so close to the school and there were already three masts within 400 metres.
He said that a report into the health dangers of mobile phone masts by a committee led by Sir William Stewart had recommended that masts should not be erected within 400m of schools.
Coun Rosemary Cummins, the member for Bedwyn, not only stressed the health dangers, but was also incredulous that Vodafone was planning to erect the mast so close to the Wansdyke.
She said the mast was likely to damage a national historic monument and that Vodafone had "completely disregarded the historic importance of the site."
Mike Wilmott, Kennet's chief planning officer, said that the mast was not going to be placed on the Wansdyke itself but close to it.
He also said that, if the applicants were able to prove that the mast's emissions were within safety guidelines, the council would be laughed out of court at any appeal.
Committee chairman Coun John Booth said that he would be more sympathetic to the protesters if children were banned from having mobiles, which had far higher emissions than masts .
The council's legal officer Mike Rowan said that a recent Appeal Court decision had found in favour of masts and the council would lose with substantial costs in the event of an appeal.
- 17. Jun, 09:25
- 17. Jun, 09:23
RESIDENTS who say they weren't told of plans to erect a phone mast say they will try their best to get it taken down.
The first thing that residents knew about a Vodaphone mast on Dewhurst Road in Birchwood, was when workers arrived this week to erect it.
Now mum-of-four Tracy Valentine, who lives in nearby Whitworth Close, says with the help of other residents, she is too start up a petition against the mast.
She believes the residents should have been consulted about the proposals which were passed by Warrington Borough Council as a 'deemed application', which are new planning laws, in January this year.
She said: "No residents have been informed about this.
"The first we knew of it was when the workers arrived to put it up.
"We all though that they were speed cameras at first.
"It just seems so underhand in how it is done. I would urge anyone who lives nearby to come and sign the petition."
The petition will be in the Oakwood Neighbourhood Centre if anyone wishes to sign.
Their are no 'new planning laws' that I know of - and no such thing as a 'deemed application'. It might well be that the council failed to respond to an application for prior approval within the statutory 56 days and thus it was approved by default - in other words 'deemed'.
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