Group commissions study on masts

A CAMPAIGN group set up to fight the erection of a mobile phone mast in Belper has commissioned an epidemiology study into any health implications of masts.

Belper Against Masts (BAM), which is primarily opposed to a mast at the junction of Marsh Lane and Laund Nook, which has planning permission, says it wants to provide a true picture of the health-related effects a mobile phone mast could have on the community.

Members say that despite growing support for the group within the town, mobile phone giant Vodafone is going ahead with the plans.

The group also revealed that more than 200 petitions opposing the masts have been signed by parents of children from nearby St John’s Primary School.

A spokeswoman for BAM said: “This exceptionally high percentage of returned and signed petitions demonstrates quite clearly the true feelings of local residents and parents and the need for a moratorium to take place.”

She added that evidence suggested masts could cause cancer, sleep disturbance, headaches and depression

A spokesman for Vodafone has said “we undertook appropriate pre-application consultation, allowing the community to provide us with feedback on the proposal”.