Homeowners paid to hide phone masts - Shell to reveal hidden phone masts
Tramès per Klaus Rudolph (Citizens'
Thanks to Alasdair Philips for this human interest article on how
Britian's telcos have come up with a wonderful plan to help homeowners
pay their mortgage payments. Simply agree to hide a base station mast
in your home and you can get up to £7,000 a year in rent! An added bonus
it that the telcos do not even have to apply for planning permission.
A win-win situation for everyone. And £7,000 is certainly more than enough
to pay for the sleeping pills and anti-depressents that may be needed
by the homeowner. Of cource, if you are an a absentee landlord, you can
save on the medication, though you may have an increased turnover of tenants.
Perhaps the UK carriers should also try a tactic now employed by Australia's
Telstra to help a local Victorian Councillor see the logic in approving
a controversial site. Just arrange to get him short-listed in the Telstra/
MAV Local Govt Fellowship for a $ 10,000 grant to study overseas. It works!
Shell to reveal hidden
Shell forecourt price signs conceal mobile phone masts
8 October, 2002
Shell has promised to reveal
which 210 of its 1,100 petrol stations have mobile phone masts hidden
inside the forecourt price signs. The oil company, which has a deal with
T-mobile, said the transmitters were safe but concerns have been expressed
by campaigners. The only clue to their existence is a small light at the
T-mobile spokeswoman Gill Kerr told BBC News Online the antennae ensured
"the about 46 million people with a mobile in the UK get the best
They promised faithfully they would consult with residents before they
put these masts up
But the director of the Mast Sanity pressure group Lisa Oldham said operators
were "making a mockery" of the planning process. "They
promised faithfully they would consult with residents before they put
these masts up," she added.
Mobile operators were recently barred from putting the masts close to
schools in the UK; many parents had said they were worried about health
and safety implications. Shell UK retail director Mick McMahon said: "We
have a legal obligation to inform the local authority. "We also have
to meet stringent EU and UK safety guidelines and satisfy the local petroleum
But Nigel Bruen, 52, from Martley, Worcestershire, who is campaigning
against the siting of a transmitter close to his home, said: "These
masts do not have to go through the full development process. "In
instances like these, it is classified as a permitted development and
nobody legally has a say in whether they are there or not - they will
not even know."
Meanwhile fast-food chain McDonald's has revealed "small coated
fins" fixed to the walls of 120 of its restaurants were transmitters.
A spokesman said they emitted radio waves 10 to 20 times weaker than a
baby listening device.
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