'A park in Hove has seen the early skirmishes in a battle spreading across Britain.
There, this summer, a planning application was lodged to replace a mobile phone mast with one capable of transmitting 5G — the fifth generation of wireless technology.
Not only does it promise superfast download speeds for smartphones, but to change how we live — paving the way for everything from self-driving cars to wearable health devices providing round-the-clock monitoring.
But not everyone in this affluent South Coast community believes it’s a future they want to be part of. Of 146 letters sent to the local council, all but one objected to the proposal.
And of those objections, virtually all highlighted concerns about the risks they claim 5G poses to human health.
Among those opposing the plan are Richard and Myra Bianco, who called for the installation to be blocked until more research was carried out. ‘So little is known about the effects on human health that it worries me companies are being given the go-ahead to use this technology,’ said Mrs Bianco, 71. ‘It doesn’t seem right. They should carry out independent tests then install them — not the other way round.’
Another letter lodged with the council reads: ‘The launch of 5G will be similar to turning on your microwave, opening its door, and leaving it on for the rest of your life. These towers are not only dangerous — they’re lethal!’
A third commented: ‘My concern is particularly centred with children . . . 5G is 1,500 times stronger than 3G and 4G . . . I urge you to stop this going ahead.’
Those sentiments are not confined to this corner of Britain. This week it emerged that opponents of 5G in Totnes, Devon, have persuaded their council to demand a moratorium on the new network’s installation. Similar steps have been taken in Frome and Glastonbury, across the border in Somerset.
Cancer, damage to the nervous system and reduced fertility are the main concerns, with claims that 5G will turn out to be the ‘asbestos and tobacco’ of the 21st century.
Some online contibutors warn of a 5G ‘apocalypse’ caused by ‘dangerous microwaves that destroy living matter’. Humans, birds and insect life are all said to be at imminent risk.'
Read more: Should we be hung up over 5G mega masts? As hundreds of 65ft mobile towers are set to transform internet speeds, residents in towns such as Totnes are fighting back
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