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(en) UK, THE UNDERDOG - Waltham Forest's rabble rousing rebel rag Issue 9 - June 2004

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 28 Jun 2004 12:16:03 +0200 (CEST)


- Mobile Phone Masts: Untested, Unsafe & Unwanted
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Orange, the mobile phone company, want to install another 3 mobile phone
masts on the roof of 2 High Street - the Embassy Snooker Club. Local
residents and shop keepers have objected and as a result the council has
refused permission for the masts to go up twice. But rather than lsiten
to the concerns of locals Orange are appealing against the decision.
Why is this a problem?
Local people have already said they do not want more
phone masts in an area where there are so many
houses, shops, schools, health centres etc - basically
somewhere where people live their lives, day in, day out.
Not only do mobile phone masts look ugly,
they produce continuous emissions of low-
level radiation. The World Health Organi-
sation now recognises that electro mag-
netic fields could have negative health
effects and could cause cancer, with chil-
dren and the elderly being particularly
vulnerable. For this reason in some coun-
tries these masts are banned from resi-
dential areas, schools and hospitals.
There are already 12 masts on top of
number 2. As Orange already claims 99%
network coverage is this not enough? Does
the local community, including staff and
patrons of The Embassy need even higher
levels of radiation just so the Club can
make even more money out of new masts

on the roof?
What should Orange and the Embassy

Snooker Club do?
Orange should respect the views of local
people and withdraw their appeal immedi-
ately If absolutely necessary, Orange could
look for a more suitable site - one that is
not so close to homes, schools and shops.
The Embassy should tell Orange they no
longer want their masts - new and old - as
the health and safety of their staff, patrons
and the local community is worth more to
them than a few grand
from Orange.

What can we do?
Continue to show our opposition to the sit-
ing of new masts in such places.
Get together and make a difference. The Under-
dog, together with residents from the St
James Street area and Chingford, where an-
other campaign has been going on, are hold-
ing a public meeting about the greatly in-
creased number of masts in the borough.
The meeting will be held at the end of June.
If you share our concerns then contact us
for the meeting details and come along.
A borough wide concern
This battle between residents and mobile
phone companies is being repeated across
the borough. Due to the efforts of Highams
Park residents there is still no mast on the
Regal. On a national level there has been
hundreds of successful anti-mast cam-
paigns.
The Underdog is not aither pro or anti
moblie. We are for local communites hav-
ing control over technology effecting
them, and access to any relevant research
about these possible effects.. The cur-
rent situation is one where powerful mul-
tinationals colluding with politicians pull
the wool over people's eyes and rip us all
off between them, with no regard for the
health of ordinary people.
For more information, or if you are cam-
paigning against a mast in your area, call
Kim on 0771 235 7183 or email
notomoremasts@yahoo.co.uk
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On a national level
In May 2000, the government-sponsored
`Stewart' report presented its findings.
This study of the possible health effects
of mobile phones, base stations and trans-
mitters conducted a review of the litera-
ture and then asked for evidence from
experts, members of the public, repre-
sentatives of government, interest groups
and the industry. Some conclusions
reached by the report include:
! Some scientific evidence shows that
radio-frequency (RF) radiation may affect
biological function. It is not possible to
say, therefore that exposure to RF radia-
tion, even at levels below national guide-
lines, is totally without potential adverse
health effects.
! A precautionary approach should be
adopted until more detailed information
becomes available.
! Some people's well-being may be ad-
versely affected by the environmental im-
pact of mobile phone masts sited next to
houses, schools or other buildings, as well
as by fear of perceived direct effects.
! All masts should have permitted de-
velopment rights revoked and the siting of
all new masts should be subject to the
normal planning process.
Despite this in 2001 the governmnet stated
that "concerns over health may not be
considered as a legitimate planning issue
when approving new phone mast sites"
and also offered exceptional relief from
planning restrictions as an encouragement
to the telecoms companies to bid for new
licences.
More info from www.mastsanity.org

W@G
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Walthamstow Anarchist Group.

bringing revolution to the east end; bringing the east end to the revolution

The Underdog is produced by Walthamstow
Anarchist Group. We are a group of
Waltham Forest residents who are sick of
the system of capitalism which allows the
rich and the bosses to exploit and control
the rest of us. We promote working class
resistance and self-organisation and
through this aim to create a new society
where people live together in freedom and
as equals. We believe in direct action as a
method by which we working class people
can begin to take control of our commu-
nities and workplaces now and in doing so
build a movement strong enough to chal-
lenge the entire system.
If you want to get in touch you can e-mail
us, phone or text us or drop us a line at,
or visit our website.
We also meet fortnightly at a local
venue and you are welcome to meet up
with us for a chat if you are interested in
getting involved.

If you need a copy of
The Underdog in LARGE
TEXT or would like a
taped copy, we would
be happy to supply
either. You can also
download The Underdog
from our website.


Walthamstow Anarchist Group
PO Box 35832
London E11 3WT
Tel: 07810 288 889
www.walthamstowanarchy.org.uk
info@walthamstowanarchy.org.uk


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