Campaigners celebrate as phone mast in Byron Avenue, Winchester, is set to be removed

Campaigners in Byron Avenue last year

Campaigners in Byron Avenue last year

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Winchester Chief Reporter

IT’S the end of an era.

The Byron Avenue phone mast in Winchester, which sparked a long-running protest campaign, is set to be removed.

Local city councillor Martin Tod says he has a promise that the mast will be gone by the end of August.

The mast was delayed as residents battled for four years to stop its erection in the early noughties.

They lost in the end but now the advance of technology has made the mast redundant.

Cllr Tod, pictured right, found the contact that can get the mast removed – and got a commitment from Dan Perlet, the director of corporate affairs at EE, that it will be gone by the end of the month.

Cllr Tod said: “It’s been surprisingly difficult to get this sorted, but I’m glad we’ve got it done.

"I tried via the county council officers who work with mobile companies to coordinate street works, via customer services at EE and Orange, via various contact emails on the Orange and EE websites and even via social media, but finally hit the jackpot when I wrote via the Mobile Operators Association!”

Daily Echo:
The mast in Byron Avenue

The mast was switched off some time ago, but has been sitting there not working since then. It was also blocking possible disabled access for a path through to Chilbolton Avenue.

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5:01pm Mon 25 Aug 14

dango says...

you watch, they'll all start moaning about no phone signal next week ;)
you watch, they'll all start moaning about no phone signal next week ;) dango
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9:06pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Shoong says...

dango wrote:
you watch, they'll all start moaning about no phone signal next week ;)
Indeed.

They may regret it when the kids are in their ear about not being able to get on Facebook.
[quote][p][bold]dango[/bold] wrote: you watch, they'll all start moaning about no phone signal next week ;)[/p][/quote]Indeed. They may regret it when the kids are in their ear about not being able to get on Facebook. Shoong
  • Score: 0

10:52pm Mon 25 Aug 14

RadioEng says...

I don't work for any mobile phone company but I am in the radio communications industry. This Ill informed nimby attitude drives me mad. Many is the time I've installed antennas on residential blocks and received complaints of headache nausea vomiting etc long (sometimes months) BEFORE they've even been connected to any equipment. A few facts;
(1) the only proven effect of radio frequency energy is heating, that's how a microwave oven works.
(2) RF energy obeys the inverse-square law (as does light) ie it diminishes with the square of the distance. So the energy measured a 2 metres from the antenna would be a quarter of that measured at 1 metre. At 3M it would be one ninth etc, so by the time it gets to ground level it's a fraction of nothing! You are therefore no more likely to get burned by RF from an antenna on a mast than you are from the bulb in a street lamp. I wouldn't recommend touching an antenna element but then again I wouldn't recommend touching the bulb in a street lamp either.
(3) Cellular antennas are directional and 'focus' the RF energy in a particular direction, similar to the light in a lighthouse. In the same way as you would see little of the light at the base of a lighthouse, you will see little RF energy at the base of a mast.
(4) RF exposure to a mobile phone user with a phone held to their ear will be FAR higher than from any mast due to the close proximity. Furthermore a mobile phone adjusts it's transmission power to the minimum required to maintain the connection. If there is a mast nearby, the phone will transmit at a very low power level. If the locals have had the mast removed then their mobiles will increase their output power to reach the next nearest mast and therefore INCREASE their RF exposure.

Whilst I understand the masts can be a bit of an eyesore, the 'health' issues don't really hold water with me.
I don't work for any mobile phone company but I am in the radio communications industry. This Ill informed nimby attitude drives me mad. Many is the time I've installed antennas on residential blocks and received complaints of headache nausea vomiting etc long (sometimes months) BEFORE they've even been connected to any equipment. A few facts; (1) the only proven effect of radio frequency energy is heating, that's how a microwave oven works. (2) RF energy obeys the inverse-square law (as does light) ie it diminishes with the square of the distance. So the energy measured a 2 metres from the antenna would be a quarter of that measured at 1 metre. At 3M it would be one ninth etc, so by the time it gets to ground level it's a fraction of nothing! You are therefore no more likely to get burned by RF from an antenna on a mast than you are from the bulb in a street lamp. I wouldn't recommend touching an antenna element but then again I wouldn't recommend touching the bulb in a street lamp either. (3) Cellular antennas are directional and 'focus' the RF energy in a particular direction, similar to the light in a lighthouse. In the same way as you would see little of the light at the base of a lighthouse, you will see little RF energy at the base of a mast. (4) RF exposure to a mobile phone user with a phone held to their ear will be FAR higher than from any mast due to the close proximity. Furthermore a mobile phone adjusts it's transmission power to the minimum required to maintain the connection. If there is a mast nearby, the phone will transmit at a very low power level. If the locals have had the mast removed then their mobiles will increase their output power to reach the next nearest mast and therefore INCREASE their RF exposure. Whilst I understand the masts can be a bit of an eyesore, the 'health' issues don't really hold water with me. RadioEng
  • Score: 11

6:07am Tue 26 Aug 14

Turtlebay says...

They may not #hold water for you' but they sure make life a misery for many others affected by your industry's equipment!
They may not #hold water for you' but they sure make life a misery for many others affected by your industry's equipment! Turtlebay
  • Score: -5

6:10am Tue 26 Aug 14

Turtlebay says...

And as an amateur radio licensee I do know what I'm talking about!
And as an amateur radio licensee I do know what I'm talking about! Turtlebay
  • Score: -4

7:27am Tue 26 Aug 14

Niffum says...

Have there been any health issues then?
Have there been any health issues then? Niffum
  • Score: 0

8:14am Tue 26 Aug 14

Crazywolf says...

totally agree with radioeng. as always the emotions of a subject become far more significant than the facts. Having said that, if the people that put the mast there really did put it in a place that reduced wheelchair access on a public thoroughfare (the article suggests this but equally it may be a cut through that is used but without legal right of way, which would be different) then they are idiots.
totally agree with radioeng. as always the emotions of a subject become far more significant than the facts. Having said that, if the people that put the mast there really did put it in a place that reduced wheelchair access on a public thoroughfare (the article suggests this but equally it may be a cut through that is used but without legal right of way, which would be different) then they are idiots. Crazywolf
  • Score: 0

8:42am Tue 26 Aug 14

Quentin Heslop says...

That leaning lamp post looks more of an eyesore. Probably more likely to injure someone too.
That leaning lamp post looks more of an eyesore. Probably more likely to injure someone too. Quentin Heslop
  • Score: 2

11:41am Tue 26 Aug 14

richieroo says...

Shoong wrote:
dango wrote: you watch, they'll all start moaning about no phone signal next week ;)
Indeed. They may regret it when the kids are in their ear about not being able to get on Facebook.
As per the last line of the article -

The mast was switched off some time ago, but has been sitting there not working since then. It was also blocking possible disabled access for a path through to Chilbolton Avenue.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dango[/bold] wrote: you watch, they'll all start moaning about no phone signal next week ;)[/p][/quote]Indeed. They may regret it when the kids are in their ear about not being able to get on Facebook.[/p][/quote]As per the last line of the article - The mast was switched off some time ago, but has been sitting there not working since then. It was also blocking possible disabled access for a path through to Chilbolton Avenue. richieroo
  • Score: -1

11:43am Tue 26 Aug 14

richieroo says...

Quentin Heslop wrote:
That leaning lamp post looks more of an eyesore. Probably more likely to injure someone too.
It was also blocking possible disabled access for a path through to Chilbolton Avenue....

Possibly a wheelchair user tried to bash out of the way lol !. :-)
[quote][p][bold]Quentin Heslop[/bold] wrote: That leaning lamp post looks more of an eyesore. Probably more likely to injure someone too.[/p][/quote]It was also blocking possible disabled access for a path through to Chilbolton Avenue.... Possibly a wheelchair user tried to bash out of the way lol !. :-) richieroo
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11:44am Tue 26 Aug 14

richieroo says...

richieroo wrote:
Quentin Heslop wrote: That leaning lamp post looks more of an eyesore. Probably more likely to injure someone too.
It was also blocking possible disabled access for a path through to Chilbolton Avenue.... Possibly a wheelchair user tried to bash out of the way lol !. :-)
bash **it** out of the way!!.
[quote][p][bold]richieroo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quentin Heslop[/bold] wrote: That leaning lamp post looks more of an eyesore. Probably more likely to injure someone too.[/p][/quote]It was also blocking possible disabled access for a path through to Chilbolton Avenue.... Possibly a wheelchair user tried to bash out of the way lol !. :-)[/p][/quote]bash **it** out of the way!!. richieroo
  • Score: 0

11:49am Tue 26 Aug 14

forest hump says...

It is nothing more than a washing line post! You would think the locals would have better things to do .
It is nothing more than a washing line post! You would think the locals would have better things to do . forest hump
  • Score: 1

5:22pm Tue 26 Aug 14

RadioEng says...

I think the most hypocritical thing I've seen on the subject was on a TV show, may have been Beadle or something (can't stand the bloke). Anyway, they were winding up Uri Geller (avid anti phone masts). They put a mast on the edge of his property and filmed his reaction. What was the first thing he did?...... He got his mobile phone out and started ringing people about it. Says it all!!
I think the most hypocritical thing I've seen on the subject was on a TV show, may have been Beadle or something (can't stand the bloke). Anyway, they were winding up Uri Geller (avid anti phone masts). They put a mast on the edge of his property and filmed his reaction. What was the first thing he did?...... He got his mobile phone out and started ringing people about it. Says it all!! RadioEng
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