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Mobile phone mast next to nursery - Stop the threat of non ionising radiation to children

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Willows Pre-School has recently become aware of a proposal to site a mobile phone mast in the tennis court area of the recreation ground and has been asked for a considered response to such plans.

We are all for progress as long as it is managed in a considered and safe way. Telecommunications use non-ionising radiation to communicate between devices such as phones, tablets and laptops. The phone mast is at the centre these communications and we see an increasing presence of wifi both in the commercial environment and at home. It would seem that currently all studies that have looked at the possibility of this form of radiation causing ill health has largely concluded that it is unlikely. However, it is important to note the majority of  these studies have been performed in adults and over a relatively short period of  time.  As an example if the role of asbestos in causing asbestosis was studied over the same time period it is unlikely that a link would be made. A corollary to this is that we simply do not know  the health outcome of long term  continuous exposure to this type of non-ionising radiation, in particular to children. As a society we should protect the most vulnerable and as such we have a responsibility to show that this type of radiation is safe for a cohort of children to be within 50 meters of a vast for up to eight hours a day each day of the week. There is NO published evidence to support the claim that it is safe. On this basis I would suggest that we err on the side of caution and reject the planning proposal to erect a mast juxtaposed to Willows Pre-School or indeed, any school.

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