Brighton residents (from left) Daryl Hanna, Merle Williamson, Matthew Hanna (4), Eli Bowen (7), Rachel Bowen and Asher Bowen (4) stand near the site of a proposed 2degrees cellphone tower. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
A group of Brighton residents has pledged to fight the
erection of a 2degrees cellphone tower over concerns the
signals it produces could be harmful.
The group, Brighton Residents v 2degrees, was formed on
Sunday after residents in Scroggs Hill Rd were informed a 12m
tower would be installed within the next 20 days.
A group spokesman, Daryl Hanna, said yesterday it would do
everything it could to stop the tower being installed so
close to their homes.
Although the site meets World Health Organisation guidelines
on cellphone towers,
Mr Hanna claimed there was still ''doubt'' about the impact
of towers on people's health. He pointed to a BBC
documentary, which found the towers could potentially be
Residents were disappointed there was no consultation period
before the council approved the tower last week.
''I think the council is supposed to represent us and, right
now, they don't care about us. They are more concerned about
letting the corporate come in and set up camp right in our
The group had set up a petition, given out flyers to Brighton
residents and planned to get as ''many people as possible''
to a meeting held by 2degrees at the memorial hall in Ocean
View between 4pm and 8pm next Monday.
He accepted cellphone towers were necessary, but said they
should be further from homes than the planned one
was.2degrees external communications manager Charlene White
encouraged members of the group to attend next week's meeting
and hoped the company would be able to allay their fears.
There was a lot of ''misinformation'' about the towers, she
''Most people don't realise that our equipment uses the same
technology as other household items such as cordless phones
and baby monitors.''
A council spokeswoman said it had no responsibility to inform
the community about what was essentially an addition to
utilities in the area. It had suggested 2degrees hold a
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