Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Fight goes on for mobile phone mast controls

January 16, 2007 5:09 PM

Andrew Stunell standing by a mast at Romiley stationThis week in Westminster, Hazel Grove MP Andrew Stunell has continued his battle to bring mobile phone masts under strict planning control.

Mr Stunell presented a Parliamentary Motion to the Government demanding that they should bring in the 'precautionary principle' to mobile phone mast applications, giving extra safeguards for schools, homes, and medical facilities from the risk of excessive radiation.

Commenting on his latest challenge to the Government, Mr Stunell said:

"Under the current ridiculous rules, it is easier to get planning permission for a mast than it is for a porch. This is an alarming situation and needs to be addressed.

"The positioning of phone masts has upset many people across Stockport as masts have been put up close to schools, hospitals and residential areas. There are dozens of stories of people coming home from work to find a mast that they knew nothing about at the end of their garden.

"I am asking the Government to change the law so that planning authorities can take account of health concerns, and to require the industry to produce more evidence about the radiation emitted." ENDS

Notes to Editors:

1. Mr Stunell's Parliamentary Motion states:

MOBILE PHONE MASTS

That this House recognises the high level of concern in many communities regarding the siting of telecommunication mast base stations; believes that the current planning system is not sufficiently robust and often prevents councils from acting in the best interests of local residents when considering their location; and calls on the Government to bring all telecommunication masts back under planning control and to allow local councils to have regard to health issues on a precautionary basis.

2. In 2005 Mr Stunell presented a Bill to Parliament to introduce tighter planning controls for masts, which was opposed by the Government.

What would you like to do next?

  • Subscribe for updates

    Read updates from this website in your desktop or online news reader

    • On a news reader website

      •  
      •  
      •  

      In a desktop news reader or a website not listed above

      •  
    • Example monthly digest email
      •  
      •  
      •  
    • If you submit your contact details, Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image

    Join our email list

    • If you submit your contact details, Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image

    Follow the party's activity on...

  • Share this page

    Share this page on another website

    Link to this page

    On websites and printed material:
    andrewstunell.org.uk/en/article/2007/031827/fight-goes-on-for-mobile-phone-mast-controls
    In text messages, Twitter, or reading over the phone:
    stunell.co.uk/a71lg

    Email this page to a friend


    • Generate different image
  • Help out or donate

    Help out in your local area

      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
    • If you submit your contact details, Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image
  • Tell us what you think

    Send us your views

    If you are a resident of the Hazel Grove constituency and are writing to discuss any issue that Parliament or government is responsible for, you must provide your home address as MPs are generally only permitted to act on behalf of constituents.

    If you are not a constituent, you do not need to provide your address, but the matters we can deal with are more limited and you may wish to contact your local MP in the first instance.

    • If you agree, Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image