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Residents oppose increase in transmittersOpposition is growing over proposals to increase the number of satellite dishes and mobile phone masts at the Brookmans Park Transmitter Station.
Local residents, concerned that they pose a health risk, have called a public meeting for Monday night to draw up an action plan to try to limit any increase. The meeting is being held in the cafe at the Dutch Nursery at 7.30pm.
According to the North Mymms District Green Belt Society, plans have been submitted for more dishes and mobile phone masts to be erected. Residents want the planning applications to be rejected.
For years locals have reported music coming from radiators, toasters and telephones and incidents of electronic garage doors opening on their own.
Many have raised concerns on this site about the possible risk to humans and one local resident has contact the Royal Veterinary College in Hawkeshead Lane, asking about the risks posed to animals following the death of his dog from cancer.
The man, who lives in Kentish Lane which backs onto the transmitter site lost his dog in January. He says that at dogs belonging to at least three neighbours have also died in the last year and he wanted to know about the effects of concentrated beams of microwave transmissions on animals.
Local residents have asked the North Mymms District Green Belt Society to be represented and to explain about the Welwyn Hatfield Master Plan, which is part of the District Plan, and anything else the society knows about these dishes.
According to Bob Horrocks of the NMDGBS, the society has asked for another public meeting as part of the consultation on the proposed update of the master plan for this site.
Last year the Council obtained a letter of explanation from Castle Communications in support of their application for more satellite dishes. This is reproduced on the society's - 'activities 2000' page.
According to the NMDGBS, the site has three types of radio waves - microwaves to and from satellites, microwaves for mobile phones and the medium wave band signals from the radio transmitters
May 11, 2001