New 5G mast in Felpham gets green light despite 60 objections

Plans for a 5G phone pole have been approved despite more than 60 objections.

Mobile operator Three wants to build it near the intersection of Middleton Road and Park Drive in Felpham.

Arun County Council Planning Committee Chair, Councilor Terence Chapman, allowed the motion to be “pulled” because of the number of objections.

This followed a request from councilor Paul English that this should be decided by the committee rather than officials.

Most objectors feared that the 15 meter high mast would be overwhelming and too close to properties.

The Argus: A drawing of what the 5g mast will look likeA drawing of what the 5g mast will look like

Among them is Bognor and Littlehampton MP Nick Gibb, who said some of his constituents had written to him about the mast.

A Felpham resident spoke about her health concerns during the planning meeting.

“This proposed mast will beam microwaves directly into people’s bedrooms, including my own,” she said. “My only choices will be to move or try to radiation-proof my house.”

The woman said her house doesn’t have a smart meter, cordless phone or wireless internet connection “because of the radiation they all give off”.

Planning officials said that applications for new telecom equipment must be accompanied by security certificates, adding that in this case one had already been submitted.

According to government guidelines, new telecoms infrastructure like 5G masts may not require full planning permission, but councils can have a say in where they are placed and what they look like.

The Argus: The pylon will be erected on a grass verge at the intersection of Middleton Road and Park DriveThe tower will be erected on a grass verge at the intersection of Middleton Road and Park Drive

The 5G networks are based on signals carried by radio waves, a type of radiation. Concerns surround the fact that 5G will use higher frequency waves to bring faster internet speeds to a growing number of users.

This type of radiation also comes from TV and radio signals, cell phones and sunlight, and 5G has been declared safe by the World Health Organization.

A BT spokesman said mobile phone technology had “no proven health risks”.

“It is important that the facts are explained and that the public is informed and not misled,” he said.

“No health risks have been identified [the] Use of cellular technology and exposure to the weak radio signals used for it – although cellular networks have been around since the 1980s and the radio technology used is basically the same.

“This is the repeated finding of a number of studies conducted over several years.”

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