No More Mobile Masts Next to Our Children

We the undersigned are against the placement of further telecommunication masts on the Territorial Army Building in Balham (213 Balham High Road SW17 7BQ).

EE plans to locate four additional mobile masts on the rooftop of the Territorial Army building, which is already a host of six visible telecom antennas. This building is also next to or in immediate proximity to three primary schools (Rutherford House 15m, Eveline Day School 45m, Bertrum House 150m), a nursery - 100m, a children play center -70m, a care home and a number of residential homes.

All of the existing antennas have been installed on their respective places at a time when there were no children establishments nearby.

Despite Rutherford House School refusal to host the proposed masts following a parental consultation EE is going ahead with plans to place them just 15m from the school in blatant disregard to the unequivocal opposition of the RHS parents.

Electromagnetic radiation (such as from telecom masts) has been linked to a plethora of diseases such as brain tumors, cancers, damage to DNA and genes, adverse effects on memory, learning, behavior and attention deficits, sleep disruption and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, immune system’s function disruption – to name a few.

Current UK radiation protection guidelines are much laxer than in many other countries (such as Belgium, Italy, Austria, China, Luxembourg, Russia, Switzerland), which has the disadvantage that they protect only against heating (thermal effects) but not against biological effects – i.e. the non-heating effects that scientists have now proved change the cell and are behind the majority of the diseases cited above.

In light of all this having an antenna cluster next to a children establishment is most unfortunate given the fact that children are even more vulnerable than adults. Their bodies and brains are still developing which offers more opportunities for damages and adverse development effects. Their immune systems are weaker, their skulls smaller and thinner causing them to absorb substantially more radiation than adults. Children have a longer lifetime exposure compared to adults with as of yet unknown long term health effects.

In that respect WHO and the Institute for Cancer Research have classified electromagnetic fields as a possible carcinogen in 2011 and recommended further research on the subject. Equally the Council of Europe in its Resolution from May 2011 called on governments to "take all reasonable measures" to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields and to apply a precautionary approach in particularly with regards to “vulnerable groups such as young people and children”. The Council warned that "inaction could lead to extremely high human and economic costs"

Some countries, specifically New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Italy and parts of the United States, have followed the precautionary principle further by banning mobile phone masts in or near schools.

UK authorities (NHS, Public Health England as well as the MTHR Programme, jointly set by UK Government and Telecom industry) acknowledge the fact that a further research is needed to quantify the long-term effects on human health. All their safety findings so far cover only the 1st 15 years of usage.Previous public health threats (tobacco, asbestos, sun-bed cancers) indicate that the evidence of risk often increases as research progresses.

Therefore until it has been proven there is no danger to youngsters, children in particular should not be exposed to the 'potential' dangers of masts. We do not want to wait for irrefutable evidence that mast radiation is harmful. Given a latency lag of up to 20 years for many tumors and risk diseases at that point it might be already too late for our children.


By signing this petition the signatories declare that they object to the proposed erection of EE mobile phone masts on Territorial Army building on 213 Balham High Road on grounds of the uncertain health risks of locating communication masts near schools, homes and play areas, because of the associated stress and anxiety connected with it and the apparent lack of consideration by EE as to the concerns of the parents .

We would also like to appeal to the Territorial Army Landlord to reconsider its decision to proceed with the masts installation.

Lastly we would like to request the Wandsworth council to use all of its executive powers to stop these masts.

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  • Leigh Jackson Revisiting, I must point out a very serious false claim.

    It is absolutely not true that scientists have proved that non-heating effects of radio frequency radiation can cause disease. Or non-heating effects from any other form of human-produced environmental electromagnetic radiation, for that matter.

    Extremely low frequency radiation from power cables and in and around buildings was identified as possibly carcinogenic by IARC (WHO) in 2002. As was the radio frequency radiation from handheld mobile phones in 2011. There is no evidence of any harm at presently permitted levels. The evidence of harm precedes current standards - based on concerns arising from that evidence. The precautionary principle in operation.

    It is not certain that the evidence is anything more than statistical noise. It absolutely is not established that power cables and mobile phones cause disease.

    The different ranges within the electromagnetic spectrum must not be fudged together. Radically different effects result from different ranges. To pile different associations from different parts of the spectrum with different human sources - television transmission, radio transmission, microwave ovens, handheld phones, bluetooth devices etc. on to relay masts is inappropriate. Each case has to be examined on its own terms.

    What should be done in this case is to measure existing relay mast radiation intensities at points of concern and calculate what difference additional antennae would have. The intensity may still very well be far short of the amount of radiation from television and radio transmission and domestic transmitters e.g.microwave, internet and mobile phones. In which case they should be the focus of concern.

  • Leigh Jackson As a local resident may I say a few words.
    WHO have specified mobile radio transmission as a potential cancer risk to the public - not radio mast transmission.
    Mobile and cordless phones, bluetooth, local computer networks, etc may be a danger because of their immediate proximity to users. Genotoxicity etc, have been associated with mobile radio devices - not radio masts.
    The proposed resolution for the Council of Europe is similarly aimed at mobile devices. It calls for a ban on all mobile phones, cordless phones, WiFi and WLAN systems in schools.
    It also calls for consultation with local residents and associations, for the siting of relay antennas. This is as it should be for all developments which local people have a legitimate interest in or concern about.

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