I asked the following question of tonight’s Full Council meeting and the response, published yesterday evening, shows Cllr Gerry Clark, Cabinet Member Transport, Infrastructure and Digital Connectivity at RBWM is willing to listen to residents concerns.
So please share your concerns in the form below and I will convene a meeting for Gerry to host. Thank you.
a) Councillor Davey asked the following question of Councillor Clark, Cabinet Member for Transport, Infrastructure and Digital Connectivity:
How is RBWM ensuring that new 5G Masts are not exceeding ICNIRP guidelines once installed?
Written response: The council is required to deal with the planning, installation and operation of new telecommunications equipment in line with legislation and policy as set out by central Government. Those seeking to install and operate electronic communications infrastructure are required to self-certify that their installations will comply with the ICNIRP guidelines. We are not permitted to set health safeguards or require additional information beyond this through the planning process. Monitoring and enforcement powers sit with OFCOM as the regulator and therefore the council has no powers in this regard. As the Cabinet Member for this issue alongside the responsible officers I would be happy to meet with any local residents who have concerns about specific sites to understand the concerns and consider what we can do as a local authority. Where appropriate we can request surveys to be undertaken by Ofcom to assess the compliance with ICNIRP guidelines.