Why we must fight plan for new TETRA mast
Letters, Bognor Regis Observer, December 28th 2006
I read with horror the article about MM02 suggesting that they need to install a large Tetra mast on top of the Fitzleet Tower Block in last weeks paper. We have enough Tetra in this area already. How do I know?? Because I can feel it every day when I go out and about. This new mast appears to be described as a booster for the many existing Tetra masts already in our area and yet by the description this means only one thing to me, another mast.. Why should Bognor Regis be blighted with yet another one?
In the spring of 2004 the residents affected by the old Mother Mast on top of Reynolds Depository building fought for their health and sanity against all the odds. We fought because we were experiencing nose Bleeds, headaches, sleep deprivation and all sorts of other horrible symptoms, Of course the Authorities told us that we were not really suffering these things and that Tetra Masts do not harm us!! But Tetra DOES HARM SOME OF US!
Mr Dominic Reynolds had the mast taken down and switched it off on the 26th May 2005, he listened to the Bognor people and he did not disbelieve us of our plight because there were too many of us.
My family, two sons, myself, my sister and niece were extremely badly affected . We lived and worked too near to the mast. My youngest son had nose bleeds sometimes up to 25 times a day. I fought hard for his health. He was tired, listless and always in some sort of pain and distress.
I moved in March this year, a little further from the Town Centre and low and behold my son’s health returned almost to normal. Having had 10 months off school he is now back at school and doing well again. Therefore, I have proved that Tetra harms my family at least to myself!
People of Bognor Regis we have to come out once more and fight for our town!! Putting a Tetra mast on the roof of Fitzleet will result in many of us having Tetra related illnesses once more.
The plan to resurrect the Bognor TETRA mast and dump it on the top of the Fitzleet building in the heart of the town was quite a shock.
Apparently, Airwave’s agent, RPS Planning, is committed to addressing concerns that may arise, especially in sites near schools, hospitals and residential areas. The Fitzleet building has many residents and Bognor town is mainly residential with the relevant number of schools and medical facilities.
Will those who were ill in 2004 and recovered when the Bognor TETRA mast was removed have forgotten how their lives were blighted? Will others remember the TV and radio disruption and the car locking problems? Will the smaller birds disappear again? Will parents cease to be concerned for their children? Will those who have become sensitive to TETRA feel any less pain after this consultation?
TETRA is not a mobile phone mast. It is harsher. It operates 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The TETRA masts have to all link up with each other to form a continuous national network. So there are lines of emission crossing all areas of the UK going through houses, schools, shops, hospitals etc that stand in the path of the lines of emission. In this area, lines of emissions cross over from the I.O.W to meet masts on the mainland, so TETRA lines can and do stretch for miles. At any point along any of these lines of emission there can be people who react badly to the harsh TETRA signal. Some become sensitive to TETRA and can feel the places where TETRA lines cross the area.
I am one of those who can feel the TETRA lines and there are many others in the UK. There are only a few of us who will speak out about it because many fear the reaction they might get. People look at you sideways or walk away. Some openly disbelieve you, ridicule you or react angrily towards you. It isn’t easy, but then life is harder if you are sensitive to something, even something acceptable to the public such as pollen, chemicals and sunshine.
The few of us who speak out do so because we are concerned for those who are not sensitive and for the more vulnerable children.
Many sensitive people have had to move out of homes they were happy in. I have just moved and may have to move again soon because of TETRA. Would we resort to this expense and disruption on a whim?
TETRA was never tested on the general public before it was rolled out. We and the members of the emergency services are testing it now. We are also helping to pay for it via our council tax.