From DevonLive, June 25, 2018
Parents and students at a Devon primary school are planning a mass walk-out in protest of a controversial mobile phone mast.
The 10m high structure is located just 50 metres away from Dartington Primary School, Totnes, which has worried parents over suggested radiation readings at the school which apparently show the highest reading of ‘excessive radiation.’
Those involved in the protest want the mast located at least 1km away from the school, as well as the outdoor pool, a children’s playground and a school for children with additional needs that fall within a 100m radius of the Vodafone mast.
Some have claimed these masts emit levels of electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) and radiation that can lead to significant health issues.
Dr David Carpenter, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Albany, USA said:
“Children are more vulnerable to RF/MW radiation because of the susceptibility of their developing nervous systems.
“Children are largely unable to remove themselves from exposures to harmful substances in their environments. Their exposure is involuntary.
“There is a major legal difference between an exposure that an individual chooses to accept and one that is forced upon a person, especially a dependent, who can do nothing about it.”
Michelle McHale, Director of Attachment Parenting UK whose girls attended Dartington Primary said she is astonished at the lack of precaution or care in siting the mast.
Locals agree that young children’s health is absolutely paramount. Mum Natascha, whose son has additional needs and has been thriving at Dartington Primary commented:
“We love our school and we agree with technological development but the mast’s closeness casts a dark shadow over our newly built school and many parents are seriously considering de-registering which could create a real conundrum for the council who own the small roadside verge where the mast is erected.”
Mum of one, Leela, feels strongly that the mast needs to be located at a distance to both amenities and housing and that extensive consultation was sorely missing. Leela commented;
“Why would we risk subjecting our children to consistent radiation while other European Countries adhere to the EU’s ‘precautionary principle’ when it comes to EMFs?
“I can see how phone companies could shatter our confidence in the safety of where we live by placing a 10m mast with permitted planning rights alongside a home or school and we have zero rights to appeal our involuntary radiation exposure. What does that mean for our human rights?”