Wind against the cellphone mast

2016-11-01 06:00

Scores of objections to a cellphone mast in Noordhoek have been received.

Marike Colyn, Noordhoek Ratepayers’ Association’s exco member for planning and land use, says the most common objection following the application for the installation of the mast is that the cell mast will impact on Noordhoek’s character. Colyn says a number of the objections dealt with the health risks the tower may pose.

The national guidelines do not acknowledge that telecommunication mast installations can be detrimental to general health if used according to safety standards, based on a 2011 report by the World Health Organisation that found, after a large number of studies over two decades, “no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use”.

“Many objectors believe, however, when there are indications of possible adverse effects, the risks from doing nothing may be far greater than the risks of taking action to control these exposures.”

Colyn says the association has been copied in on almost 150 objections.

Johan van der Merwe, Mayco member for energy, environmental and spatial planning, says the City had received around 60 objections by the closing date. “These objections will be forwarded to the applicant for comment. Once the comment has been received, the Planning and Building Development Management Department will assess the application and write a report to the Municipal Planning Tribunal which will make a decision on the application.”

People’s Post was unable to reach the applicant for comment.

The application will probably be tabled at the Municipal Planning Tribunal towards the beginning of next year, Van der Merwe says.

Colyn adds: “While we recognise that there is a cellular signal deficiency and provision needs to be made, we do not see the need for a proliferation of masts.”

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