Camden has totally failed in its statutory duty to consult local residents about the proposal to install phone masts on the roof of Troyes House, Lawn Road.

In a meeting in October 2015 Camden decided to approach mobile phone companies to offer them the opportunity to install masts on council property in a effort to boost the authority’s revenues.

However in the same memo they state:
‘For any proposed sites we will proactively engage tenants and leaseholders to ensure that local views and feedback are taken into account as part of any installation.’ The minutes go on, inter alia, to state that
’There are no health and safety issues associated with the masts.’

The first that Troyes House residents knew of the proposed installation on  their roof was a flyer posted by Waldon Telecoms Ltd on behalf of Telefonica (02) on one (out of four) doors into Troyes House on 8th August 2016 – nearly a year after the decision was made by the council. No notices were posted on any of the surrounding houses.

The first communication from Camden was a ‘Planning Application Consultation’ sent to the residents of Troyes House, one adjoining house in Lawn Road and three houses in Upper Park Road that back onto Troyes house on the 12th September 2016 – over a month later.

No notifications was sent to any of the other houses in Lawn Road or Upper Park Road who would be very directly impacted by the installation of Phone masts on the roof of Troyes house.

Meanwhile Waldon Telecom put in for planning application on 31st August but – the application was not registered (no objections can be made until an application has been registered) until 12th September – leaving the residents just 21 days to inform other affected residents and register their objections.

The Local Government Association guidelines state that ‘as with other public bodies, councils have statutory duties to consult with local people about changes to their area, for example over school closures, planning applications, plans for redevelopment and regeneration. Official consultations are bound by legal requirements.’

In this instance Camden has signally failed to ‘consult with local people’ – presumably in an attempt to ensure that a financially lucrative deal (on their reckoning the ‘rent’ paid by Waldon/02 would be around £10,000 pa) could be set up before local residents ‘noticed’.

Moreover they have equally signally failed to exercise a duty of care for the residents of their property and their borough. As long ago as 2000, the Stewart report  stated that :
‘It is not possible at present to say that exposure to RF radiation, even at levels below national guidelines, is totally without potential adverse health effects, and that the gaps in knowledge are sufficient to justify a precautionary approach” (Chapter 5, paragraphs 6.35–6.42).

Since then many thousands of research studies have shown that RF radiation can have adverse health effect – especially on children and vulnerable populations. See Research.

Meanwhile, neither Waldon Telecoms nor Camden Council have provided any more detailed information on the proposed installation that would have allowed the residents to make an informed choice as to whether or not they wished to consider the it - eg:

1) What is the maximum power output of the mobile phone mast that you plan to install on Troyes House?
2) Where does the beam of maximum intensity fall for each antenna?
3) What is the coverage map of radiation from the mast?
4) What is the frequency range over which the base station operates?
5) What is the maximum down tilt angle of the antennas?
6) What specifically is the relationship between the EMF exposure from each antenna and the distance from the antenna?
7) What is the power level per square centimetre at 3m from the each antenna?