Dear Halton Borough Council,

1. Do you have a 5G strategy?

1.1 If yes, I request to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its objectives in Word, PDF or picture format.

1.2 If yes, has the public had the opportunity to read and understand HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL’S 5G strategy? Where was this information published?

1.3 I also request a supplementary document that includes the highest level of detail on all 5G technology that’s planned to be used and current in use in public spaces within the Borough.

(a)Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity officers.
(b) Specification sheets of all 5G technology.
(c) What technology e.g. units and arrays are not currently 5G, but can be 5G enabled e.g. with current software, future software, hardware upgrades or retrofitting?
(d) What UK, EU and International safety standards is HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL complying with for the 5G strategy and existing 5G technology?
(e) I request proof e.g. a certificate from HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been met.

1.4 If no, I request all documentation, memos, emails and communication on companies and entities you’re in talks with regarding the formulation of a 5G strategy.

2. I request the name/s of the Officer/s in charge of the 5G strategy and roll out including their CV and qualifications in 5G and Smart Cities; and who their subject area expert or consultancy is, their CV and qualifications on 5G and Smart Cities.

3. Are you in talks with any experts, companies or entities about autonomous vehicles (AV) for public transport and/or private use on Public Highways?

3.1 If yes, I request to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its objectives in Word, PDF or picture format.

3.2 I also request a supplementary document that includes all levels of detail on:

(a) Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity officers?
(b) Specification sheets of all technology.
(c) What type of communication system will HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL be/are utilising to control the vehicles?
(d) What UK, EU and International safety standards does your AV strategy and rollout comply with?
(e) I request proof e.g. a certificate from HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been met.

3.3 If no, I request all documentation, memos, emails and communication on companies and entities you’re in talks with regarding the formulations of an autonomous public and private vehicle technology strategy.

4. Do you have a strategy for smart roads and smart signage on Public Highways and Public spaces?

4.1 If yes, I request to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its objectives in Word, PDF or picture format.

4.2 I also request a supplementary document that includes all levels of detail on:

(a) Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity officers?
(b) Specification sheets of all technology.
(c) What technology e.g. units and arrays will not be 5G, but can be 5G enabled e.g. with current software, future software, hardware upgrades or retrofitting etc. (you must be specific on anything here)?
(d) What UK, EU and International safety standards does your 5G strategy and rollout comply with?
(e) I request proof e.g. a certificate from HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been met.

4.3 If no, I request all documentation, memos, emails and communication on companies and entities you’re in talks with regarding smart roads and smart signage.

5. Are you planning to rollout or have rolled out LED street lighting?

5.1 If yes, please answer these questions:

(a) What is the CMS and specification of the software and hardware of the LED street light system?
(b) What type of waveform is the LED? e.g. Square wave?
(c) Can you control the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) of the streetlight system using the CMS?
(d) Can you control the PWM of each streetlight that’s connected to the system?
(e) What restrictions do you have in place for the control of the PWM?
(f) What is the UK, EU and International safety limit (low and high) for the amount of ‘flicker’ (Hz) the Human Body and eyes can be exposed to and for how long?
(g) I request to see the training manual and safety operation manual for the CMS and the LED streetlight system.
(h) Who is the company who is or has installed the CMS LED streetlight system?
(i) What company maintains and repairs the CMS and LED streetlight system?
(j) What entity and Officer is responsible for the safety standards for the CMS and LED streetlight system?
(k) I request proof e.g. a certificate from HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been met.
(l) What is the amount of Blue Light leakage that’s safe for the public and workers during the LED streetlights operation?
(m) What level of LED streetlight exposure is safe for the public at daytime and night time?
(n) Is there a legal requirement for diffusers to be fitted to LED streetlights?
(o) How have you have addressed the amount of Oxidative Stress on Human and Animal cells that’s produced from LED?

5.2 If no, then I request a declaration from HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL that you will not be installing LED streetlights in the future. If you cannot provide a declaration, I would like the following answered in the future tense:

(a) What are the CMS and specification of the software and hardware of the LED street light system?
(b) What type of waveform is the LED? E.g. Square wave?
(c) Can you control the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) of the streetlight system using the CMS?
(d) Can you control the PWM of each streetlight that’s connected to the system?
(e) What restrictions do you have in place for the control of the PWM?
(f) What is the UK, EU and International safety limit (low and high) for the amount of ‘flicker’ (Hz) the Human Body and eyes can be exposed to and for how long?
(g) I request to see the training manual and safety operation manual for the CMS and the LED streetlight system.
(h) Who is the company who is or has installed the CMS LED streetlight system?
(i) What company maintains and repairs the CMS and LED streetlight system?
(j) What entity and Officer is responsible for the safety standards for the CMS and LED streetlight system?
(k) I request proof e.g. a certificate from HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been met.
(l) What is the amount of Blue Light leakage that’s safe for the public and workers during the LED streetlights operation?
(m) What level of LED streetlight exposure is safe for the public at daytime and night time?
(n) Is there a legal requirement for diffusers to be fitted to LED streetlights?
(o) How have you addressed the amount of Oxidative Stress on Human and Animal cells that’s produced from LED?

6. I request all memos, presentations, documents, plans, rollouts, emails and details regarding 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi and WI GIG in public spaces.

Yours faithfully,

Paul: O'Brien

Halton Borough Council

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Dear Halton Borough Council,
The time scale set out in legislation for a response to a F.O.I has expired. Could you please reply to my F.O.I request concerning 5G & Street Lighting, i do realise that my request would take some man hours, never the less you should at least make a response giving an explanation to the delayed response.
Could you please advise on when a reply can be expected if it is not yet complete.

Yours faithfully,

Paul: O'Brien

Halton Borough Council

Dear Paul

Thank you for your enquiry. I have forwarded your email onto our Information Goverance Team and the Departments responsible for collating the information you have asked for. I have requested they contact you with an update and/or the information.

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HBC1

Pat Oliver, Halton Borough Council

Dear Mr. O’Brien

 

Apologies for the delay in responding – I was waiting for colleagues with
their input.

 

Please find, inline below, responses to your FOI Request. If you have any
queries in respect of this response then please contact myself in the
first instance.

 

Regards

 

Pat Oliver

0151 511 7001

 

1. Do you have a 5G strategy?
This information does not exist.

 

1.1 If yes, I request to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its
objectives in Word, PDF or picture format.

 

This information does not exist.

1.2 If yes, has the public had the opportunity to read and understand
HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL’S 5G strategy? Where was this information
published?

 

This information does not exist.

1.3 I also request a supplementary document that includes the highest
level of detail on all 5G technology that’s planned to be used and current
in use in public spaces within the Borough.

 

This information does not exist.

(a)Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity
officers.
(b) Specification sheets of all 5G technology.
(c) What technology e.g. units and arrays are not currently 5G, but can be
5G enabled e.g. with current software, future software, hardware upgrades
or retrofitting?
(d) What UK, EU and International safety standards is HALTON BOROUGH
COUNCIL complying with for the 5G strategy and existing 5G technology?
(e) I request proof e.g. a certificate from HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL that
confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and
the public have been met.

1.4 If no, I request all documentation, memos, emails and communication on
companies and entities you’re in talks with regarding the formulation of a
5G strategy.

This information does not exist.

2. I request the name/s of the Officer/s in charge of the 5G strategy and
roll out including their CV and qualifications in 5G and Smart Cities; and
who their subject area expert or consultancy is, their CV and
qualifications on 5G and Smart Cities.

This information does not exist.

3. Are you in talks with any experts, companies or entities about
autonomous vehicles (AV) for public transport and/or private use on Public
Highways?

This information does not exist.

3.1 If yes, I request to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its
objectives in Word, PDF or picture format.

 

This information does not exist.

3.2 I also request a supplementary document that includes all levels of
detail on:

 

This information does not exist.

(a) Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity
officers?
(b) Specification sheets of all technology.
(c) What type of communication system will HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL be/are
utilising to control the vehicles?
(d) What UK, EU and International safety standards does your AV strategy
and rollout comply with?
(e) I request proof e.g. a certificate from HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL that
confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and
the public have been met.

3.3 If no, I request all documentation, memos, emails and communication on
companies and entities you’re in talks with regarding the formulations of
an autonomous public and private vehicle technology strategy.

This information does not exist.

4. Do you have a strategy for smart roads and smart signage on Public
Highways and Public spaces?

This information does not exist.

4.1 If yes, I request to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its
objectives in Word, PDF or picture format.

 

This information does not exist.

4.2 I also request a supplementary document that includes all levels of
detail on:

 

This information does not exist.

(a) Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity
officers?
(b) Specification sheets of all technology.
(c) What technology e.g. units and arrays will not be 5G, but can be 5G
enabled e.g. with current software, future software, hardware upgrades or
retrofitting etc. (you must be specific on anything here)?
(d) What UK, EU and International safety standards does your 5G strategy
and rollout comply with?
(e) I request proof e.g. a certificate from HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL that
confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and
the public have been met.

4.3 If no, I request all documentation, memos, emails and communication on
companies and entities you’re in talks with regarding smart roads and
smart signage.

This information does not exist.

5. Are you planning to rollout or have rolled out LED street lighting? Yes
HBC currently rolling out an LED programme.

5.1 If yes, please answer these questions:

(a) What is the CMS and specification of the software and hardware of the
LED street light system?  N/A HBC not utilising CMS systems
(b) What type of waveform is the LED? e.g. Square wave? The LED Driver
provides DC supply to the LED Chips
(c) Can you control the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) of the streetlight
system using the CMS? N/A HBC not using CMS
(d) Can you control the PWM of each streetlight that’s connected to the
system? N/A HBC not using CMS
(e) What restrictions do you have in place for the control of the PWM? 
N/A HBC not using CMS
(f) What is the UK, EU and International safety limit (low and high) for
the amount of ‘flicker’ (Hz) the Human Body and eyes can be exposed to and
for how long?  The recommendations are outlined in IEC 62471 and IEEE 1789
(g) I request to see the training manual and safety operation manual for
the CMS and the LED streetlight system. There is no CMS operation manual
available, as HBC not operating a CMS System, The documentation available
for the LED Luminaires consists of the installation and maintenance guides
as provided by the manufacturer
(h) Who is the company who is or has installed the CMS LED streetlight
system? N/A HBC not using CMS
(i) What company maintains and repairs the CMS and LED streetlight system?
 N/A HBC not using CMS. LED streetlights currently maintained by term
maintenance contractor Tarmac Lighting
(j) What entity and Officer is responsible for the safety standards for
the CMS and LED streetlight system? The ultimate responsibility for the
management of the council’s highway lighting asset lies with the Chief
Executive
(k) I request proof e.g. a certificate from HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL that
confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and
the public have been met. HBC does not provide certification on such
matters, however, all lighting equipment installed is compliant with
current UK and European safety standards, Design and installation are
undertaken in accordance with BS5489, BS 7671, CDM 2015 Regulations and
the Health & Safety at work Act.
(l) What is the amount of Blue Light leakage that’s safe for the public
and workers during the LED streetlights operation? There is no specified
value for this at present.
(m) What level of LED streetlight exposure is safe for the public at
daytime and night time?  There is no specified value for this at present
at present.
(n) Is there a legal requirement for diffusers to be fitted to LED
streetlights?  There is no legal requirement for this at present.
(o) How have you have addressed the amount of Oxidative Stress on Human
and Animal cells that’s produced from LED? HBC utilise equipment which
meets with the recommendations set out in the American Medical Association

5.2 If no, then I request a declaration from HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL that
you will not be installing LED streetlights in the future. If you cannot
provide a declaration, I would like the following answered in the future
tense:

(a) What are the CMS and specification of the software and hardware of the
LED street light system?
(b) What type of waveform is the LED? E.g. Square wave?
(c) Can you control the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) of the streetlight
system using the CMS?
(d) Can you control the PWM of each streetlight that’s connected to the
system?
(e) What restrictions do you have in place for the control of the PWM?
(f) What is the UK, EU and International safety limit (low and high) for
the amount of ‘flicker’ (Hz) the Human Body and eyes can be exposed to and
for how long?
(g) I request to see the training manual and safety operation manual for
the CMS and the LED streetlight system.
(h) Who is the company who is or has installed the CMS LED streetlight
system?
(i) What company maintains and repairs the CMS and LED streetlight system?
(j) What entity and Officer is responsible for the safety standards for
the CMS and LED streetlight system?
(k) I request proof e.g. a certificate from HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL that
confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and
the public have been met.
(l) What is the amount of Blue Light leakage that’s safe for the public
and workers during the LED streetlights operation?
(m) What level of LED streetlight exposure is safe for the public at
daytime and night time?
(n) Is there a legal requirement for diffusers to be fitted to LED
streetlights?
(o) How have you addressed the amount of Oxidative Stress on Human and
Animal cells that’s produced from LED?

6. I request all memos, presentations, documents, plans, rollouts, emails
and details regarding 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi and WI GIG in public spaces

This information is not available.

Yours faithfully,

Paul: O'Brien

This email is from Halton Borough Council. It is intended for the
indicated addressees only and shall be confidential. If this email has
come to you in error you must not disclose it or its contents or take any
action based on it, nor must you copy it to anyone; If received in error
please inform us immediately quoting the name of the sender and the email
address to which it has been sent from and then please delete it. Please
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e-mail is not a 100% secure communication medium. We strongly advise that
you bear this in mind and act on it when sending or receiving e-mail.
This communication does not, unless expressly indicated by the sender in
the body of the message, create or modify any contract. Although this
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virus. Please note that neither Halton Borough Council nor the sender
accepts any responsibility for viruses or any loss arising from them.
Halton Borough Council does not accept liability for any statements made
which are clearly the senders own personal views and are not expressly
made on behalf of Halton Borough Council. The information contained in
this email may be subject to public disclosure under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 or other legal duty. Unless the information is
legally exempt from disclosure, the confidentiality of this email AND YOUR
REPLY cannot be guaranteed. Halton Borough Council is the Data
Controller for Data Protection legislation in relation to any personal
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collected and processed by the Council. Privacy notices can be viewed at
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