EASTOVER councillors are calling for decisions over new 5G masts in Bridgwater to be put on hold over health fears due to radiation.
Labour’s Glen Burrows, Tony Heywood, Dave Loveridge and Li Gibson want Sedgemoor District Council to suspend decisions on current applications to erect 5G masts. Two of the masts would be built in Eastover.
They said in a statement: “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.
“We believe that the government is ignoring the growing body of scientific evidence about the dangers and that Sedgemoor council should oppose the roll-out of 5G until further information is made available on the safety or otherwise of the technology.”
Cllr Burrows added: “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.”