Glastonbury Town Council meeting report 11 June by Jon Cousins

Glastonbury Town Council meeting report 11 June by Jon Cousins


Jon Cousins, a Town Councillor for Glastonbury

With regard to #Glastonbury Town Council’s resolution of the #5G motion on Tuesday, 11th June, this post contains:
1. a text copy of the Town Council’s Press Release of 12th June 2019;
2. an outline plan for the creation of a 5G Advisory Committee.
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Glastonbury Town Council
For immediate release:
12th June 2019

Town Council challenges 5G

Glastonbury Town Councillors opposed the introduction of 5th Generation (5G) technology in Glastonbury until further information has been obtained on the health effects on residents.

At the Glastonbury Town Council meeting on Tuesday, 11th June a motion proposed by Cllr Mike Smyth and seconded by Cllr Jon Cousins read as follows:
This council has a social responsibility to protect the public and environment from exposure to harm, albeit unpredictable in the current state of scientific knowledge, and therefore opposes the roll-out of 5G in the Parish of Glastonbury – based on the precautionary principle – until further information is revealed from a newly convened 5G advisory committee (working group).

Cllr Smyth told the packed meeting that for many months, members of the public had raised concerns with the council about the safety of the 5G technology, claiming that it is hazardous to human health and the environment due to the higher radiofrequency, which can interfere with small cells, like those in the body and in plants.

He went on to say, “In April this year, 5G internet roll-out was postponed in Brussels when Celine Fremault, Environment and Energy Minister, identified that it was not compatible with Belgian radiation safety standards of 9 V/m, or 95 mW/m2.5.”

Cllr Smyth quoted Celine Fremault statement, that she could not “welcome such technology if the radiation standards, which must protect the citizen, are not respected, 5G or not. The people of Brussels are not guinea pigs whose health I can sell at a profit. We cannot leave anything to doubt.”

The meeting was also told that in April, a planned upgrade to 5G in Geneva was stopped through the application of the precautionary principle, until independent findings on possible health damage become available.

Cllr Smyth finished his address by revealing that in May, more than 230 scientists and doctors from 40 countries appealed to the World Health Organisation calling for a moratorium on 5G wireless technology and that the 5G wireless signal should be moved from a Group 2B Carcinogen to a Group 1, the same as asbestos and arsenic.

He cited their appeal, which states: “We, the undersigned scientists, recommend a moratorium on the roll-out of the fifth generation, 5G, for telecommunication until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from industry. 5G will substantially increase exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) on top of the 2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi etc. for telecommunications already in place. RF-EMF has been proven to be harmful for humans and the environment.”

Cllr Smyth concluded “This council has a duty of care to the people of Glastonbury and our environment, and we should protect them from potentially harmful situations.”

The motion was approved by the council.

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1. Glastonbury Town Council will:
i) Ratify the ‘terms of reference’ in accordance with a) Glastonbury Town Council’s Standing Order 46; and b) Glastonbury Town Council’s resolution of 5G motion on Tuesday, 11th June 2019;
ii) Discuss in outline and approve the task and the outputs of the group.

2. Members of the public will be invited to submit expressions of interest to sit on the 5G Advisory Committee. These will be assessed by the councillor members against the parameters set in the initial meeting. Non-councillor members will be invited to join the committee.

3. The first meeting of the committee will be convened – the agenda will include – among other items:
i) A review the business of the committee against the a) terms of reference, b) the tasks, and c) the outputs required.
ii) A discussion and agreement of a suitable period of time in which to complete the committee’s tasks.
iii) The setting of dates and times of future meetings – for the duration of the Advisory Committee’s task as set against the time scale agreed.

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