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20 m EIRCOM MAST FOR RAMELTON - KEY FACTS

 

  1. The mast is 20 m high (65 feet- about six stories high)

  2. Eircom are using the justification that this mast is necessary for Emergency Services, but their own submission for the planning application states the following:

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    a. The Emergency Services use is the primary and intended use of the proposed structure.
    b. The mast will be used to provide duplex communications allowing digital radio terminals to access mobile and land based telephone systems. (In other words it is likely that this is a dual Purpose Mast, and can be used in the future for other purposes).
    c. Their own site assessment states that regular measurement of emission levels will be required to comply with the International Radiation Protection Association Guidelines.

    d.

    The Coverage Map submitted with the planning application appears to show the mast broadcasting as far as Buncrana. (NOTE: This claim is based on the planning documents on the internet and the map is unclear. Need to see original file before this claim can be used).
  3. In reality this mast is principally a commercial profit making Venture for a consortium of communications companies including; Eircom, Threefold Project Management Limited and TETRA Ireland Communications. (TETRA is a consortium of Motorola, Sigma Wireless and Eircom). (All Dublin based)

  4. Department of the Environment Guidelines for Planning Authorities on the Telecommunications Act 1996 states that only as last resort... should free standing masts be located in a residential area or beside schools. ( How can this location be described "as a last resort" and be the only location that Eircom could find???)

  5. This mast is approximately:

    30 m from the nearest housing estate (100 feet)

    140 m from the nearest school (460 feet)

    183 m from nearest nursing home (600 feet)

    103 m from the local Chapel and parochial hall (340 feet)

    264 m from the local Churches and hall (870 feet)
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  6. Ramelton is a Fáilte Ireland designated Heritage Town. Chosen because of its Irish Georgian architecture and the beautiful Irish Georgian Mall that stretches along the river Lennon, yet this extremely unsightly structure has been located directly adjacent to these features, and on the busiest main approach road to the town. This mast will be the first structure seen by visitors entering the heritage town.

  7. We are unsure of Health implications, but in any case this mast will have a very definite and detrimental impact on the visual approaches to the town, and will also have a very definite detrimental impact on property values in the town.

  8. People can choose whether to use a mobile handset, but where is the choice in whether a base station is put up nearby and have houses, families, children, schools and a nursing home being covered 24 hours a day by mast emissions and having their properties devalued and their views and landscape spoiled?

  9. These TETRA "Emergency Service Masts" have also caused severe interference to local television reception. Recent problems have been experienced in Kinsale, in Cork and Dunleer in Dundalk.

The Planning Application

  1. Why were the local Councillors, TD's and members of the local community not made aware of this planning application or appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanála?

  2. Why was no one of the local community able to see the site notice or advertisement? Why is there no confirmation in the council site report that the site notice was erected and visible? [NOTE: This claim is based on the planning documents on the internet. Need to see original file before this claim can be used. Also check the planning file to see which paper the planning application was advertised in, it was probably a national paper and not a local paper.]

  3. Why did the Council inform the local Irish Aviation Authority about the mast application but not the local community, however this is still a good point as the local authority is supposed to represent and serve the interests community.

  4. Why did the Council's Planning Department not follow the Department of the Environment Guidelines for Planning Authorities on the Telecommunications Act 1996 states that only as a last resort... should free standing masts be located in a residential area or beside schools.

The Health Debate

The World Health Organisation has said, to date there is no evidence to conclude that exposure to low level electromagnetic fields is harmful to human health.

BUT it cannot be proven that an effect does not occur.

Remember all the things that we were told in the past that were safe?

It is well documented that certain individuals have reported suffering from uncomfortable and often disabling symptoms when exposed to electromagnetic fields in environments where the field levels are usually no greater than normal, and certainly well within accepted international standards.
The syndrome is known as Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) or sometimes Electrical Hypersensitivity.


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Every help and support in this matter
would be very much appreciated.


 
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