SUBSEQUENT to last week’s article in Hillcrest Fever regarding the objection by residents of Forest Hills against the erection of a 30m high cellular tower with plans for a 12m squared base along Forest Hills, scores of concerned residents and companies have come out in their numbers to support the cause.
An immediate neighbour said she was unaware that a tower was to be constructed next door to her home.
“As immediate neighbours I would think that they would need to get permission first before even getting to the stage where it is now.
“I have three children and both my parents passed away from cancer. There is not enough conclusive evidence to prove that these towers are harmless.
“Even if the radiation rumours are not true, this is what the public believes. Which means that not only our house, but all the houses in our beautiful area will devaluate, because of the perceived belief that it will make you sick. “We moved here because it is such a beautiful, peaceful, quiet, safe neighbourhood surrounded by nature - all these things will go out the door when that tower gets built. “Apparently as it stands now, there will be six containers as well as generators, which will be an eyesore and extremely noisy.”
Francois Sanson, Head of Site Acquisition of ATC South Africa, the company responsible for the construction said: “Please note that we take health concerns raised very seriously. Not only do we have an internal health and safety division that continuously monitors all our sites for safety, health and environmental issues, we also use independent companies and experts to ensure compliance with international, national and local requirements.
“In this regard, we support and ensure conformance with the requirements of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection guidelines as endorsed by the Department of Health, in order to assure there is no RF hazard for the public.
“This is typically achieved by placing antennas at a sufficient height, pattern and power levels so as not to induce any hazard to the public,” he said.
In respect of Ms Grobler’s sale of property Sanson said: “We cannot comment on the details of a private property transaction.
“We are required to abide by the applicable legislation that governs the erection of telecommunication towers. The procedure in respect of public participation is regulated by local legislation and we would encourage any persons that are concerned with that process to raise their particular concerns with their local municipal council,” he said.