|Betreff: Sutton Coldfield again in spotlight|
|Von: Iris Atzmon
|Datum: Fri, 10 Mar 2006 21:08:15 +0200|
Please see enclosed links which give full details and photographs about the Sutton Coldfield TV Masts, notice the new mast growing up next to it.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer my doctors told me Sutton Coldfield has the second highest rate of breast cancer in the UK which makes it one of the hot spots of the world, see proof enclosed and ignored http://www.arpansa.gov.au/news/hocking.htm
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Read the news article SAFETY FEARS SWITCHED OFF BY TV MAST CLAIMS the Sutton Observer also commented on this story in their comment section which was titled
Mixed Signals and said:
“Its behind you” That is the traditional cry when looming danger – with a farcical element – is spotted.
Masts in Sutton, except they are not just behind you – they are everywhere. But is there a danger? With so many mixed signals about health effects, a degree of pantomime has entered the row.
It is frustration over this situation which has led campaigners this week to remind people that their earnest efforts are serious – despite some scientists’ claims appearing to trivialise their concerns.
The Government says there is no proof of risk. Campaigners believe in proof too. But they say there should be no mobile phone masts near people’s homes until proven safe.
Their efforts should be applauded whatever you believe about the risks – if a mast is set to appear in your back yard, to whom will you turn?
SAFETY FEARS SWITCHED OFF BY TV MAST CLAIMS Date : 10.03.06
Sutton has had its fair share of mast
controversies. Matters came to a head a couple of years ago when
vigilantes felled a mobile phone mast in Wishaw which was believed to
have caused a spate of cancer cases nearby. Campaign groups then grew
in number and strength, with most local mast applications facing fierce
opposition from residents despite planning chiefs' hands being tied by
Government insistence that the devices were safe. Here, JOHN NEWTON
reports on the latest local twist in the ongoing row which this week
turned full circle as the debate returned to Sutton's original - and
tallest - antenna.
This week, exasperated campaigners have said that Sutton's TV transmitter - allegedly responsible for a cluster of cancer cases - has had its supposed risks completely undermined following a science conference. "People who are suffering or who have sadly died have a right to be represented and should not be forgotten or ridiculed," explained Eileen O'Connor, founder of action group Sutton Coldfield Residents Against Masts (SCRAM) who feared campaigners' efforts had been belittled.
Her comments came after Professor Anthony Barker, an eminent scientist investigating mobile communications' effects on health, told a high-profile, national seminar that there was no proof of phone masts posing safety risks - a threat as negligible, he said, as TV transmitters.
Mrs O'Connor, who left SCRAM - now 'Seriously Concerned Residents' - to take her campaigning to national level, complained: "Professor Barker said there are no concerns about TV transmitters.
"But a study has provided evidence of cancer clusters around the Sutton Coldfield TV transmitter.
"How can important studies such as this have been missed?"
The 1997 report to which she refers, Cancer Incidence Near Radio and TV Transmitters: One, studied the amount of leukaemia cases among people living close to the mast which is in Four Oaks; using national cancer rates as the control group.
Its conclusions claimed there was an increased risk of adult leukaemia within a 2km radius of the transmitter and that there was a significant decline in risk outside of the boundary.
However, a second study conducted on other UK transmitters to test the Sutton results found no excess of adult leukaemia within the 2km mark.
There was a significant decline in risk with distance from the transmitters, but it did not repeat the Sutton data - leading to the conclusion that the second set of results gave only very weak support to the Sutton findings.
The results were not found in childhood leukaemia, but instances of the illness in youngsters did not decline with distance from antennae.
Professor Barker, who has three decades experience in studying the biological effects of electromagnetic fields, told the conference: "There is no reason to expect mobile phone signals - which are essentially low-powered radio transmissions - to be bad for health.
"We have big TV and radio transmitters all around us," he said recounting the last six or seven decades, adding controversy began only when phone masts entered the public consciousness.
The Government-commissioned Stewart report concluded in 2000 that there was no evidence of health risks associated with using mobile phones.
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