and East Hampshire
On 20th November 2003, Chichester District Council refused 2 further
TETRA masts at Foxhill Petworth and Forge Farm Rogate. The only
reason 2 Councillors voted against the motion - adverse effect on an
area of natural beauty - was because they felt so strongly that
health concerns should have been included in the reason for the
refusal. Great concern was expressed again about the untried nature
of the technology and how Airwave had had no consultation with
schools etc, as required by PPG8.
On the same day in Petersfield, East Hampshire District Council voted
by 29 - 2 NOT to allow Airwave to bypass the planning system in order
that they might get their 'certificate of completion' for Hampshire
in time. This apparently was needed by December 13th. They informed
the council that if they were to miss this time frame, which they now
will, Hampshire would not get another 'slot' for the system to become
operational until 2005. They had last week erected 6 unlawful masts
in the New Forest in an attempt to achieve this aim.
This reprieve will allow more time for the vital research that is so
desperately needed. One
alarming fact came to light during this meeting, namely that Airwave
might slip their antennae onto Orange masts.
The District Councillors all expressed concern about the unknown
nature of TETRA technology. They felt there was potential, without
the proper research being conducted into it's safety, of Tetra being
found to be harmful. Until such research had been done, it was
suggested, we should adopt the precautionary approach. Mention was
also made about the companies' unlawful masts in East Hants region
and, again, their lack of consultation with local communities.