UK: Telecomingenieur strijdt tegen plaatsing zendmast ter bescherming dochter. (Update + Uitspraak)

vrijdag, 05 februari 2010 - Categorie: Berichten Internationaal

Bericht oorspronkelijk geplaats 22 jan 2010,
Update met uitspraak van de rechtbank 5 febr 2010.

Alan Cox, een ingenieur met expertise op het gebied van data overdracht d.m.v. hoogfrequente velden, zegt dat een geplande zendmast tegenover zijn huis de gezondheid van zijn dochter bedreigt. De 26 jarige dochter leidt haar gehele leven al aan neurologische gezondheidsklachten door een hersenbeschadiging bij haar geboorte. Haar vader is bezorgd over de effecten die de straling van de zendmast op haar gezondheid zal hebben. Een rechtbank zal binnenkort schriftelijk vonnis wijzen.

Bron: The Comet 22 jan 2010

An engineer who claims plans for a mobile phone mast right outside his home threaten the health of his autistic daughter must wait to hear the outcome of his High Court test case challenge to the proposal.

Alan Cox, of Hitchin Road, Letchworth GC has asked Judge Robin Purchas QC to quash planning permission granted by a Government planning inspector to T-Mobile (UK) Ltd for a 10-metre high column with three mobile telecommunications antennae on the grass verge immediately adjacent to his home.

Mr Cox, a chartered engineer and member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, whose professional experience includes microwave transmission, says that the proposal puts his 26-year old daughter at risk.

She has suffered lifelong severe neurological problems resulting from a brain injury at birth, and is autistic and hypersensitive. She spends most of the time in the house, where her mother is her full time carer.

Mr Cox says he is concerned what further effect low level microwave radiation will have on her.

He says that the planning application was formally opposed by four people on health and visual impact grounds, and that a petition against it received 31 signatures.

North Herts District Council rejected the application, finding that the proposal would be inappropriate development and out of keeping with the nearby lampposts, one of which it would replace. It found that ancillary equipment cabinets would be unacceptable street clutter.

However, in February 2007, a Government planning inspector allowed T-Mobile's appeal and granted planning permission. The inspector found that the proposed mast fell well within international guidelines on microwave emissions, and that health concerns were not sufficient to justify refusing permission.

But Mr Cox claims that the exposure at bedroom level at his home may be close to or even above the international guideline limit.

He says that T-Mobile provided insufficient technical justification that this site was the optimum location to achieve the improved mobile phone coverage that was required for the area, adding that it could have shared an existing mast, or built a new one at the Wyevale Nurseries site.

This week the judge reserved his decision in order to give it in writing at a later date.

The debate on mobile phone radiation has been raging for years.

The World Health Organisation, based on the consensus view of the scientific and medical communities, says that cancer is unlikely to be caused by mobile phones or their base stations and that reviews have found no convincing evidence for other health effects. It expects to make recommendations about mobile phones this year.

Mast Sanity is an organisation opposing the insensitive siting of mobile phone masts in the UK. A paper prepared for it by a retired lecturer in biology says ''it is perfectly possible that unmodulated microwaves could mitigate the effects of Alzheimer's disease, but modulated microwaves (such as those used by mobile phones) are likely to do more harm than good''.

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En de uitslag van het vonnis; de vader verliest de strijd, rechter beroept zich op de ter discussie staande ICNIRP emissienormen:

Bron: The Independent 2 febr. 2010

Father loses legal battle over mobile mast

Auteur: John Aston

The father of an autistic daughter lost a High Court battle today against a mobile phone mast being sited outside his home.

Alan Cox, an engineer with professional experience of microwave transmission, expressed concern that radiation from the mast could affect his daughter's health.

The family home in Hitchin Road, Letchworth, Herts, is just 24 metres (78 feet) from the site of the proposed mast.

Mr Cox's 26-year-old daughter suffers from neurological problems following brain injury at birth and is in the house most of the time, with her mother as full-time carer.

In a ruling at London's High Court today, deputy judge Robin Purchas QC said Mr Cox remained concerned about the neurological effects on his daughter of microwave radiation from the proposed mast.

Mr Cox, a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, asked the court to quash planning permission for the 10-metre (33 feet) high column with three antennae granted by a Government planning inspector to T-Mobile UK Ltd.

Rejecting the application, Judge Purchas ruled the inspector had been entitled to find there was little objective evidence to support local fears about the mast.

The judge said there had also been sufficient evidence to support the inspector's conclusion that the microwave emissions would be well within guidelines laid down by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).

The case went to the inspector after North Hertfordshire District Council refused the mast planning permission on the grounds that it would be inappropriate development.

In February 2007, the inspector allowed T-Mobile's appeal against the council's refusal, triggering today's High Court challenge.

Richard Buxton, solicitor for Mr Cox, said: ''We are very concerned about the judgment and are considering whether to appeal.

''The case raises important issues about disclosure of information to the inspector.

''T-Mobile said it was enclosing a particular document about exposure to mast emissions, but it was not there. We say that was crucial.''

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