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Dear St Albans District Council,

My enquiry is around mobile phone technology, and more specifically, '5g' mobile technology reportedly being rolled out around the UK by next year (2020).

1/ Are there plans for installation of 5g mobile technology in St.Albans district?

2/ Are you currently aware of any tree felling specifically for the purposes of installing new mobile phone masts or to facilitate the use of mobile phone technology in or around St.Albans District?

3/ Have any health and safety studies been carried out by St.Albans district council to verify that there is no impact to human or animal health? If no studies have been conducted, how are you assured that newer, more powerful 5g technology is safe to be installed?

4/ Have you received similar enquiries from other residents in St.Albans, and approximately how many?

Yours faithfully,
R. Duncan

Lisa McCormack, St Albans District Council

CORPORATE SERVICES
Head of Service - Simonne De Vall
 
Our Ref: 000003120
Please ask for: FOI Coordinator
Direct Dial:  (01727) 819209
e-mail address: [St Albans District Council request email]
Date:  22nd February 2019

 
 
Dear Mr Duncan
 
Freedom of Information Request - acknowledgement
Reference:000003120
 
I write with regard to your request for information to St Albans City &
District Council. Your email was received by the Council on 22nd February
2019.
 
Under Section 10(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we are
required to respond no later than 20 working days after the date we
receive your request.
This means that you should have a response by the 22nd March 2019 . 
 
However, if we feel that we require further information to fulfill your
request we will write to inform you within the twenty day period [section
1(3)].
 
If the Council considers that we require further time to respond then we
will write to you informing you of the estimated date of response [section
10 (3)].
 
If we consider that complying with the request will exceed the cost limit
then we will write to tell you within 20 working days.
 
Kind Regards
 
 
 
FOI Coordinator
Corporate Services
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Data Controller) will use any personal information we collect about you
when you use our services.
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Linda Batham, St Albans District Council

CORPORATE SERVICES
Head of Service - Simonne De Vall
 
Our Ref: 000003120
Please ask for: FOI Coordinator
Direct Dial:  (01727) 819209
e-mail address: [St Albans District Council request email]
Date:  14th March 2019

 
 
Dear Mr Duncan,
 
Freedom of Information Request Ref. No. 000003120
 
I write with regard to your request for information sent by email to St
Albans City & District Council.  Your email was received by the Council on
22nd February 2019.
 
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we are required to confirm what
information we hold, and if we do hold the information, disclose the
information, subject to exemptions or other provisions applying.
 
You requested:
 
My enquiry is around mobile phone technology, and more specifically, '5g'
mobile technology reportedly being rolled out around the UK by next year
(2020).

1/ Are there plans for installation of 5g mobile technology in St.Albans
district?

2/ Are you currently aware of any tree felling specifically for the
purposes of installing new mobile phone masts or to facilitate the use of
mobile phone technology in or around St.Albans District?

3/ Have any health and safety studies been carried out by St.Albans
district council to verify that there is no impact to human or animal
health? If no studies have been conducted, how are you assured that newer,
more powerful 5g technology is safe to be installed?

4/ Have you received similar enquiries from other residents in St.Albans,
and approximately how many?
 
Our response:
 
We can confirm that we hold the following information.
 
1.  We are not aware of any notifications or planning applications for 5G
in the District.
 
2. We are unaware of any tree losses due to new phone masts. It is
possible that Hertfordshire County Council could have an application
affecting their land if a mast is installed on the highway.
 
3. No. Such matters are national/international and are not within the
Council’s remit.  Guidelines are set by the International Commission on
Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and in the UK would fall under
the remit of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
 
The installation of most telecoms equipment is permitted development ie
does not require planning permission.  However, where planning permission
is sought, we are unable to refuse applications on grounds of health and
safety if the equipment complies with the ICNIRP guidelines.
 
Para 116 of the National Planning Policy Framework (as amended on February
2019) states:
 
116.  Local planning authorities must determine applications on planning
grounds only. They should not seek to prevent competition between
different operators, question the need for an electronic communications
system, or set health safeguards different from the International
Commission guidelines for public exposure.
 
4. No.
 
If you are dissatisfied with this response the Commissioner’s Office
recommends that you first refer the matter to the Council. You can do this
by writing to [1][St Albans District Council request email] asking for an internal review of my
decision. If you wish the Council to undertake an internal review, then
you must write to the Council within 40 working days of the date of this
letter. The Council will not consider any requests received after this
date unless there are exceptional circumstances for the delay. 
 
You have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner's Office at the
following address: Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.
You must do this no later than two months after the Local Authority’s last
response to you.
 
 
Kind Regards
 
 
FOI Coordinator
Corporate Services
 
 
 
 
Your vote matters; don’t lose it.
 
To vote in the local council elections on Thursday 2 May
2019 you must be registered to vote.
 
Register online at: [2]www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. The
deadline to register to vote is Friday 12 April 2019.
 
Registration forms are also available. Email
[email address] or call 01727 819294.
 
For further information go to: [3]www.yourvotematters.co.uk
and [4]www.stalbans.gov.uk/elections.
 
Last date for postal vote applications is 5pm Monday 15
April.
Last date for proxy applications is 5pm Wednesday 24 April.
 
****Disclaimer****
The information in this message should be regarded as Private and is
intended for the addressee only unless explicitly stated.
If you have received this message in error it must be deleted and the
sender
notified.
The views expressed in this message are personal and not necessarily
those of St Albans City and District Council unless explicitly stated.
Please be aware that emails sent to or received from St Albans City and
District Council may be intercepted and read by the council.
Interception will only occur to ensure compliance with council policies or
procedures or regulatory obligations, to prevent or deter crime, or for
the
purposes of essential maintenance or support of the email system.
Please note that the Council does not accept service by e-mail
The personal information you provide will be held in accordance with the
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Council’s Data
Protection Policy.  You can find more information about how we will handle
your personal information in our privacy notice: [5]Privacy Notice

References

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2. http://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
3. http://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/
4. http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/elections
5. http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/Images/Privac...

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