Signal system supported

2015-10-06 06:00

An application for a telecommunications base station to be hosted near Lansdowne train station has been supported.

People’s Post previously reported on the proposal for the base station (“Comms station still up in air”, 1 September).

This comes after the application was initially referred back to the applicant by ward councillor Anthea Green as the proposal was sent to the incorrect civic association for comment.

At the most recent Athlone subcouncil meeting held on Thursday 17 September, the application was once again tabled and supported by subcouncil.

In the application submitted, the applicant, Warren Patterson Planning, motivates the base station on behalf of Prasa by stating that it will “improve the current communications system used to control trains”.

“Railway lines and precincts in urban environments are generally cluttered with tall structures supporting power lines, lighting and other related infrastructure.

“Due to passing of time and technological advances, the current system is in need of upgrading and to ensure that future expansion is catered for, higher structures are requested to host the antennae,” the application states.

Health effectsThe applicant also mentions that health implications have been reviewed.

“There has been increasing public concern about health risks associated with cellular and other types of communications infrastructure.

“Current scientific research is yet to produce conclusive evidence suggesting adverse health effects associated with, working with or living close to cellular and other communication technology,” the applicant states.

To date, only one objection has been received from a resident. V

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