Residents in Westgate have contacted the Secretary of State for Upgrading, Housing & Communities, asking him to withdraw a decision to allow a 20ft 5G mobile phone to be installed next to St Saviour’s Primary School.
Nik Wells and his mother-in-law Del Bentley took action as part of a campaign to stop the installation from going ahead.
The move was made last year by MBNL (EE UK LTD and EE UK LTD) to install 20m high Monopoles in a cypress tree with 6 antenna holes & 2 600mm plates after Tanet decided the project did not require prior approval.
But Nik and Del say the decision is invalid because Tanet’s council incorrectly stated that the site is not in the Westgate Conservation Area.
Nik said: “We have challenged the TDC on this and have suggested that due process was not followed properly and the ‘No Prior Approval Required’ decision is not valid and should be revoked under section 97 of the Town and Country Act 1990.
“Tanet rejects this decision and claims that it is an “administrative” error that does not affect their decision. We do not agree and have asked the Secretary of State The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Housing & Communities to make a decision under section 100 of the Act. 1990 would recall. This request has been formally acknowledged and we are awaiting a decision.
Residents launched a petition against the bad phone, which was signed by some 630 people online and a further 150 on paper.
A similar application was made in 2018, but due to Kent County Council’s planning at the time, including less than 25 years on the cricket ground site and due to the precautionary principle regarding the safety of mobile phones near schools, the KCC was cancelled. plans
During the lockdown, a new application was launched and the previous one was given.
Nik said: “There is only one objection that is raised, which is a joke, but it may fall due to the situation of the people and the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. I live about 100 meters from the proposed installation and was completely unaware of it and certainly not consulted. One of my children attends a school whose playing field is in a bad location and until about 3 weeks ago no communication was received from the parents.
Campaigners say they are backed by councilors including Derek Crow-Brown and Bertie Braidwood and Nik in charge at St Saviour’s, Nick Bonell said, also concerned about the plans due to unknown health risks.
Council documents say the evil, which will be on the Westgate Cricket Club ground, is 100 meters away from the nearest school but campaigners say the distance is closer to 14 metres.
The petition, which will be sent to the council led by Tanet Ashbee, says: “How safe is it for the children from St Saviour’s C of E Junior School (aged 7 to 11) to play in this new piece of electromagnetic radiation technology?
“Players also use the fields from Westgate Cricket Club for juniors every Sunday and match. Do they also like to be drenched in this electro smog?
About the 5G application
The government’s 5G technology plan aims to greatly increase data speeds for applications such as near-instant downloads of HD movies to connected cars, medical devices and smart cities.
The application for Westgate says: “This proposal is required to provide continuous mobile coverage to the local area, as is the existing MBNL (EE and Three) base station, which is located at St Peter’s Church, Archdiocese of Southwark, Canterbury Road, Westgate. due to removal
“This telecommunications site currently provides network coverage to the surrounding area and the potential loss of this site from the network will result in the loss of communications and data services locally and a wider disruption of the mobile network if the site is replaced, which replicates. Lost coverage, cannot be found and in networks that the first opportunity to join.
“This operational base station must be released in the near future, generating the need for a replacement to avoid a coverage gap in the mobile network.”
Fears have been raised that electromagnetic radiation from the use of mobile phone technology will lead to increased health risks, including the development of certain types of cancer.
The World Health Organization says that no adverse health effects have been established but that it has also classified all high-frequency radiation as “possibly carcinogenic”.
But because 5G technology uses more transmissions than previous versions, these run at lower power levels meaning that the level of radiation exposure is lower than previous bad technology.
‘Strong and straight’
A Tanet council spokesperson said: “In the report published on the application, the site was incorrectly identified as being adjacent to the Westgate conservation area rather than in it. That would not have changed the determination of this application.
“The bad phone was still considered acceptable because it affected the significance of the Westgate Conservation Area and is considered acceptable in terms of its location and appearance.
“We are aware of the proposal to revoke this decision, however our opinion is that this decision is still valid and correct.”