Ponteland phone mast

OFCOM propose a fourfold signal power boost to all 3G mobile masts in the UK. This will be of interest to many residents, especially in Ponteland. OFCOM refers all interested parties to The Health Protection Agency for the latest information about risks from mobile masts and they say:
exposure to RF radiation below guidelines does not cause adverse health effects to the general population;
there is some scientific evidence which suggests that there may be biological effects occurring at exposures below these guidelines;
biological effects do not necessarily result in health effects;
gaps in knowledge justify a precautionary approach to the use of mobile phone technologies until much more detailed and scientifically robust information on any health effects becomes available;
there are possible indirect effects on well being in some cases;
drivers should be dissuaded from using either hand-held or hands-free phones whilst on the move.
if there are currently unrecognised adverse health effects from the use of mobile phones, children may be more vulnerable because of their developing nervous system, the greater absorption of energy in the tissues of the head and a longer lifetime of exposure.
the widespread use of phones by children for non-essential calls should be discouraged.
that the mobile phone industry should refrain from promoting the use of mobile phones by children.
This is an unfolding story. There is much uncertainty.

As in so many areas of life the precautionary approach is the wise one. Placing transmitters close to people anywhere flouts this general principle. I hope that the problems that Ponteland has faced are not repeated elsewhere but the power increase proposed should alert everyone to the possibility of problems ahead.

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