*** Please note that links to additional sources of information have been added at the base of this page *** (Latest update – 17:45 19 June)
Haggerston School has been approached by company to provide a site for a mobile phone base station. The antennae would be installed above roof level on the tallest block on our site and would replace the base station 150m away on the roof of Mecca Bingo on Hackney Road.
School leaders and Governors have given careful consideration to this proposal and believe it is in the interests of the school and local residents to accept the proposal for the following reasons:
- Local phone signal: Our rooftop has been identified as the best location for the replacement base station. Whilst it is probable that another site could be found, the signal in spots in the local area would be weaker.
- Minimising visual impact: Haggerston School is a listed building so the telecoms company have been forced to plan for ‘flag pole’ antennae that are far less visually intrusive than the standard antennae that are normally used. They would be painted white as in the image below.
- Income for the School: In this era of financial austerity, schools are actively encouraged to seek external sources of income. The rent of £18,500 per year that we have been offered equates to almost half the salary of an Inner London teacher at the top of the Main pay scale.
View of Haggerston School from Dawson Street showing proposed flagpole antennae
Details of the project
Proposed western elevation (view of school from Weymouth Terrace)
To provide coverage in all directions, a total of 4 antennae would be installed. Two on the northern end of the roof and two on the southern end.
Proposed northern elevation (view of school from Thurtle Road)
Recognising that siting phone masts on or close to schools has in the past led to public concern about health effects, school leaders have asked careful questions to satisfy themselves and the school community that phone masts are not harmful or dangerous.
What research has been conducted on potential health effects of phone masts?
Over the last two decades, there has been a vast amount of research into the possible health effects of mobile phone technology. Noting the huge growth of mobile phone use worldwide, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) have both taken a keen interest in this area. The current advice from the WHO is that from the studies performed over the last two decades, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use. Although the bulk of the studies focus on mobile phone use rather than exposure to radio waves from base stations, the World Health Organisation’s agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has concluded that ‘typical exposures to the brain from mobile phone base stations are several orders of magnitude lower than those from handsets.
The main sources of information reviewed are contained in the links below:
What public exposure guidelines are in place for non-ionising radiation?
Public exposure guidelines established by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). These guidelines have the support of UK Government, the European Union and they also have the formal backing of the World Health Organisation.
Will the installation be compliant with public exposure guidelines?
All Telefonica’s installations are designed to be fully compliant with the public exposure guidelines. A certificate of ICNIRP compliance will be included within the planning submission. In fact, because of the very low power utilised by telecommunications sites the emissions will be many times lower than the ICNIRP threshold.
If you have views on this proposal or any unanswered questions or concerns, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Simon Walden, Haggerston School, Weymouth Terrace, London, E2 8LS.
I look forward to hearing from you and although, the formal consultation will close on 25 June, I will be happy to discuss this matter at any time.
NEW LINKS AND INFORMATION
Link to “Mobile phone base stations: radio waves and health”. Guidance from Public Health England dated July 2013.
Link to ‘The Stewart Report’ on Mobile Phones and Health which was produced by the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones (IEGMP), dated April 2000.
Link to “Mobile Phone Base Stations/Masts”. An article on this subject on the politics.co.uk website.