Planning Application: 21/00966/PRIOR

I’ve had the recent unfortunate experience of seeing one of these huge 5G monopoles in the flesh and they are much more obtrusive than the previous ones which tend to blend in.

I object to the overall plan for 5G technology: facial recognition, autonomous drones, driverless cars and the proliferation of the internet of things – this plan if it comes to fruition will leave us with an Artificial Intelligence dominated world.

Since the announcement of this plan a few years ago there has been increased scrutiny of the safety of wireless devices and infrastructure, with ever increasing doubt about that safety for humans, wildlife and the natural world more generally.
There is a growing body of evidence of health and environmental harm inflicted by Polarised, Pulsed, and Modulated Radio Frequency Radiation. In light of this I feel that it’s particularly inappropriate to allow further proliferation of this technology at this time. It appears that the ICNIRP standards are way out of date and not suitable to assess the current situation.

5G will incorporate some of the current frequencies and will start to move into the millimetre wave spectrum, which is even more of an unknown than the current frequency ranges, but early indications are that they could be of particular concern regarding the well being of Bees.

I believe that the burden of proof should fall on the industry to prove that this technology is safe before deployment. I also understand that the NPPF is advisory, not Legislation or Law. So it is my contention that the council can choose to uphold your duty of care if you so wish.

I ask the council to draw a line in the sand on this, with either a precautionary approach or an investigation into the polluting effects of the technologies.

I also ask the council to be mindful that allowing a tip toe towards an Artificial Intelligence dominated environment, is surely something that would need to be transparently part of the Local Plan, and therefore would require widespread public consultation.

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