Precautionary Principle Statements from Councils in the UK and Ireland
Until there is a consensus that 5G wireless radiation is harmless to humans and the environment, Frome Town Council adopts the precautionary principle and opposes the roll out 5G in the town.”
SHEPTON MALLET (25.9.19)
Shepton Mallet Town Council has a moral responsibility to protect public health and the local environment. Until there is more independent and disinterested scientific consensus that 5G wireless radiation is harmless to humans and the environment, Shepton Mallet Town Council adopts the precautionary principle and will not endorse the roll out of 5G.
This Council has a responsibility to protect the public and environment from exposure to harm, albeit unpredictable in the current state of scientific knowledge, and therefore opposes the roll-out of 5G in the Parish of Wells City Council –based on the precautionary principle –until further information is revealed.”
This council has a social responsibility to protect the public and environment from exposure to harm, albeit unpredictable in the current state of scientific knowledge, and therefore opposes the roll-out of 5G in the Parish of Glastonbury – based on the precautionary principle – until further information is revealed from a newly convened 5G advisory committee (working group).
Glastonbury Calls for 5G Enquiry (Glastonbury Town Council 29.4.20) Full report
WEST MONKTON (12.11.19)
West Monkton Parish Council has a social responsibility to protect the public and environment from exposure to harm from 5G wireless radiation. Until there is consensus amongst independent scientific advisory groups that 5G radiation does not pose threat of harm to humans, animals and plants, WMPC invokes the Precautionary Principle and does not endorse the rollout of 5G in the Parish.
TOTNES (Aug-Sep 19)
Changed from a Moratorium to a “resolution”
Original August 2019 Planning recommendation
To RECOMMEND to Full Council that Totnes Town Council makes a statement on its website that on the precautionary principle, Totnes Town Council is concerned about potential health risks caused by 5G based on a lack of scientific research into the issue.
From September 2019 Council minutes:
Totnes Town Council will issue a statement on its website issuing a moratorium on the installation of any 5G equipment (including phone masts and street lighting) into the public realm due to the significant health and safety concerns raised. All applications will be met with refusal until the safety of the effects of electromagnetic radiation is demonstrably proven.
Amended resolution put forward:
Totnes Town Council will issue a statement on its website and Facebook page stating that We object to the proposed reforms to permitted development rights. In particular as it currently relates to support the deployment of 5G and extend mobile coverage until we have sound scientific information with regard to the health impact on local residents.”
After lengthy debate, councillors agreed to honour a moratorium as a show of solidarity with other councils.
From November 2019 Council Minutes: PROVISION OF 5G TECHNOLOGY
Councillors noted it was not known how many masts would be erected within the parish boundaries. They did not consider there to be enough information to evaluate what harm the short-wave radiation might cause. Whilst it was felt that a small local Council might not have a significant effect on what would essentially be a Central Government decision, Councillors agreed they should make their voice heard, along with other Councils doing the same nation-wide.
RESOLVED to adopt the Precautionary Principle relating to the roll-out of 5G technology.
RESOLVED for the Clerk to write to Central Government setting out the Council’s position and requesting any reports or data relating to health concerns.
Trafford Council Rejects 5G, News4Trafford, 11/02/2019
Trafford Council has today told us that they have no plans to let any mobile network install 5G antennas or masts on lamposts or buildings in the borough.
11/2019 Lampeter Town Council
- “Lampeter Town Council has agreed to ‘draw a line in the sand’ and refuse to endorse the rollout of 5G technology pending more scientific research on any potential harmful effects”–Town council takes stand against 5G – Cambrian News, 20th November 2019
Co Clare – June 2019 – Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy
- “In light of a recent appeal to the EU from 180 scientists and doctors from 36 countries warning about the danger of 5G, which will lead to a massive increase in involuntary exposure to electromagnetic radiation, that Clare County Council in exercising its responsibility to protect the environment and the public from harm: opposes the roll-out of 5G in the County; and calls on CommReg to deny licensing for its roll-out; and calls on the Minister for Communication, Climate Change and the Environment, to establish a working group to establish the facts about the radiation impact of 5G on the environment & human health due to the current questionable scientific knowledge.”
Co. Roscommon – July 2019 – Cllr Orla Leyden:
- “That Roscommon County Council opposes the (1) testing of 5G and the roll out of 5G in County Roscommon, (2) calls on ComReg to deny licencing for its rollout and (3) calls on the Minister for Communications, Climate Change and the Environment to establish the facts about the radiation impact of 5G on the environment and human health with reference to global scientific knowledge.”
Co. Leitrim – September 2019 – Cllr Justin Warnock:
- “That Leitrim County Council, in exercising its responsibility to protect the environment and the public from harm, and in invoking the precautionary principle in relation to 5G, opposes the testing of 5G, the roll out of 5G, and any action that would facilitate the deployment of 5G in the County, calls on ComReg to deny licencing for its roll out, and calls on the Minister for Communications, Climate Change and the Environment to establish the facts about the radiation impact of 5G on the environment and human health with reference to global scientific knowledge.”
Co. Sligo – September 2019 – Cllrs Martin Baker, Michael Clarke, Martin Connolly, Gerard Mullaney, Dara Mulvey, Joe Queenan and Paul Taylor:
- “That Sligo County Council delays (1) the testing of 5G and the roll-out of 5G in County Sligo (2) calls on ComReg to delay the licensing of its roll-out and (3) calls on the Minister for Communication, Climate Action and the Environment to establish the facts about the radiation impact of 5G, and to delay the roll-out across the country until a full assessment of the health and environmental implications are carried out with a report compiled and presented to the Oireachtas.”
Co. Wicklow – October 2019 – Cllr Tom Fortune and Mary Kavanagh
- “Wicklow county Council has a social responsibility to serve, inform and protect the public and environment from exposure to harm, and therefore it opposes the roll-out of unregulated 5G in the county of Wicklow based on the precautionary principle pending the enactment by Dail Eireann of protective legislation. In the meantime, it is proposed that a 5G Advisory Council Committee or working group be established (including independent representatives) who would be mandated to report back to the Council on the potentially harmful effects of wireless EMF on the environment and in particular on our carbon footprint”