Reading Borough Council Approves 5G Mast
Plans for two 5G masts approved by Reading Borough Council following independent review into health concerns.
08:53 10 June 2020
Reading Borough Council has unanimously approved two 5G tower proposals following an independent review into health concerns. This will see the installation of a "huge" 5G tower in Southcote and the replacement of antennas at a mast on top of a student accommodation on Kings Road.
The approval was delayed after residents raised concerns about the possible health effects of 5G.
An independent review into 5G has now been published by the council. It states: "The local planning authority will require that the operator provides a declaration or certificate to confirm compliance with ICNIRP guidance.
"Clearly, planning officers do not have the scientific expertise to scrutinise the data provided but can check that the applicant has addressed the relevant guidance.
"Should a health concern arise, it will fall to Ofcom and the HSE to monitor and address."
The applications were approved on June 3 by Reading Borough Council's Planning Applications committee.