Labour Councillors and Rosie Cooper MP undertook to fight to stop mobile phone masts being erected on WLDC land after angry residents from all over West Lancashire fought against application after application from mobile phone companies. The problem is simply that not enough is know about the affects of siting telephone masts in populated areas.
The Labour councillors put forward a motion to the council to adopt a policy of not siting phone masts on West Lancashire District Council land. At the full council it was agreed there would be no policy “at the present time”.
Deputy leader of the Labour Group Councillor Terry Rice says:
"As the Labour group we are campaigning to see changes to the law to recognise the potential health factors, the need to promote new technology and further research into how companies can share masts."
"All we want is an open and responsible debate that deals in facts rather than myths. This is too important an issue to tackle any other way."
Local MP Rosie Cooper said:
"Residents in West Lancashire just don't want mobile phone masts close to their homes. They find the masts visually ugly and are very concerned that their health may be affected by them. In public meetings before the General Election it was clear that on planning grounds it was difficult to stop mast applications being successful especially if the mast was alongside the Highway, and that any health implications could not be considered as there was no proof of harm. I undertook to lobby Government, and I understand they are looking at the planning regulations in relation to telephone masts."
"I am disappointed the council has not chosen to adopt a policy of not siting phone masts on its land. However, by having this discussion in the council the issues that concern local residents are being recognised and given consideration. I hope this is just the first stage of a longer debate on having a responsible policy on phone masts in West Lancashire.”