Councillors Glen Burrows, Tony Heywood, Dave Loveridge and Li Gibson, from the Eastover ward in Bridgwater, are calling upon Sedgemoor District Council to suspend decisions on current applications to erect 5G masts in the Bridgwater area – two are in Eastover – because of growing fears about the safety of 5G technology and the high levels of radiation emitted.
Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that electro-magnetic radiation adversely affects living organisms. The dangers include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damage, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. There is also growing evidence of harmful effects to both plants and animals.
The Councillors believe that the government is ignoring the growing body of scientific evidence about the dangers and that Sedgemoor District Council should oppose the roll-out of 5G, until further information is made available on the safety or otherwise of the technology.
Said Cllr Burrows: “Michael Mansfield QC is currently leading a legal challenge to the government, for failing to take notice of health risks and public concern over 5G. Let’s wait to see what the court decides. It is not uncommon for commercial interests to take precedence over public health: tobacco and asbestos are two well-known examples. 5G might well be another.”