Residents Concerned About Affects on Wildlife and Human Health of 5G Masts
Anti-5G campaigners fear new 5G phone masts at Brixham may harm rare baths and affect human health.
08:49 07 February 2020
Anti-5G campaigners have voiced their concerns against the installation of two 5G phone masts in Brixham. Concerned residents argue that the technology could harm rare bats in the area and may have adverse effects on human health. The site is near Berry Head National Nature Reserve, which is home to a rare bird called cirl bunting and rare greater horseshoe bat, which is protected under planning law.
One objector said: “5G is a new technology and has the potential to cause immense harm to humans, trees, insects and wildlife.
“I feel it is imperative that the council put safety first and do not allow installations like this to go ahead until such time as it can be determined there are no detrimental effects.”
Another objector wrote: “I feel this action, were it to go ahead, would represent a most unforgiving blot on a very beautiful area of Torbay.
“It is not only the health concerns for us all but also for our precious bats and other wildlife, which are simply irreplaceable.”
The agent says in a planning statement: “The proposed increase in height is the minimum capable of providing the technological improvements sought.
“It is imperative that support is given to the introduction of 5G technology as this will allow networks to be able to handle more data and connect more devices simultaneously at much faster speeds than is possible using the existing technology.
“This will enable places to remain competitive in and will support the Government’s ambition for the UK to become a world leader in 5G technology.”