Bath gets new 5G mast application
BATH has form in getting into a tizz over 5G masts, with objectors – supported by the town’s MP – citing elf-an-safety concerns and councillors rejecting an application because of its proximity to an area of outstanding natural beauty and the green belt, and the threat they thought it posed to bees and bats.
In a planning statement, CK Hutchison Networks said: ‘In these unprecedented times of the Covid19 pandemic, it is recognized that high-speed mobile connectivity is the lifeblood of a community’. Faster buffering, they add, could benefit education, businesses, home-working, and access to leisure activities.’
The application included a note by Mobile UK which said: ‘In May 2011, a working group of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified RF electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). The World Health Organization (WHO) explains that this is a category used when a causal association is considered credible, but when chance, bias, or confounding cannot be ruled out with reasonable confidence. It is important to note that following the classification, the WHO has not recommended any changes to the exposure limits applicable to wireless networks and devices.’
Full Fact, an independent UK fact checking organization, said: ‘Radio waves cannot damage the DNA inside cells, which is how waves with higher frequencies (such as x-rays, gamma rays, and ultraviolet light) are thought to cause cancer. 5G uses a higher frequency of radio waves compared to its older generations. The frequency of this new wireless technology remains very low: the maximum levels of electromagnetic radiation measured by Ofcom were about 66 times smaller than the safety limits set by international guidelines.’
July 1 is the deadline for comment on the Locksbrook Road mast application.