Freedom of Information Request for 5G Infrastructure

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Dear West Sussex County Council,

Please supply the following answers to the questions below:

1) Regarding installation of 5G equipment including large monopole installations in West Sussex County: Has said Council an Environmental and Health Impact Analysis for the granting of planning permissions for the 5G masts and monopoles equipments, which have been installed all over said county

2) can said Council provide insurance details for causing harm to men, women and their sons and daughters due to the radiation exposure of said equipment that has been installed in West Sussex

3) can said Council provide the Structural Integrity Data Report for the monopoles within the county and product insurance for structural integrity, fire, and fatigue collapse

4) can said Council provide the details of the Self-Certification Certificate from the installers of the 5G equipment with ICNIRP guideline, showing radiation output levels from each radiation transmitter, in dBm or Watts, to confirm compliance with the self-certification, where said Council has permitted the development

5) can said Council provide details of the Council's compliance with the Social Care Act 2012 (https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/201... - Radiation protection functions) in regard to protection from increasing ionizing and non-Ionizing emissions from 5G-equipment installations

Kind regards,

Stefanie Parnell

westsussex@infreemation.co.uk, West Sussex County Council

Dear Stefanie Parnell

Thank you for your request which has been assigned reference FOI/5984

Freedom of Information request - Freedom of Information Request for 5G
Infrastructure

If you have submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) or the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR), we aim to
respond within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, i.e. by or on
06/10/2023. 

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Yours sincerely,
West Sussex County Council

 

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westsussex@infreemation.co.uk, West Sussex County Council

Dear Ms Parnell,

Our Ref: FOI/5984

On the 8th September 2023 you made the following requests for information
relating to 5G infrastructure. These have been dealt with in accordance
with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the
responses can be seen below:

1.    West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is not the planning department
responsible for approving 5G infrastructure applications. WSCC therefore
does not hold the data in relation to this question. 
2.    WSCC’s Public Liability Insurance indemnifies the Council against
any loss, damage or injury for which it is legally liable.
3.    WSCC does not hold the data in relation to this question. The
provision of 5G is currently a commercial activity within West Sussex and
the owner/operators of the equipment are liable and responsible for the
maintenance of the equipment that they install on the public highway.
However WSCC undertakes regular and routine inspections of the highway as
well investigating safety reports made by the public. Should any
safety issues be identified with 3rd party equipment installed within the
public highway these will be investigated and raised with the
owner/operator of the equipment.
4.    WSCC is not the planning department responsible for approving 5G
infrastructure applications. WSCC therefore does not hold the data in
relation to this question. 
5.    The link did not lead to an active webpage so we are unable to
respond the to the question. 

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Thank you for your interest.
 
Yours sincerely,

Digital Infrastructure Team

 

Dear [email address],

many thanks for your reply. Please clarify regarding my question number five: You say that: "The link did not lead to an active webpage so we are unable to respond the to the question. " Did you mean that the Government's website is not valid/active in the sense of having no authority anymore?

In case you meant that you couldn't open the link from your end, I have copied the relevant paragraph from the Government's website regarding the Health & Care Act 2012:
- Radiation protection functions -
(1)The appropriate authority must take such steps as it considers appropriate for the purposes of protecting the public from radiation (whether ionising or not).
(2)The steps that may be taken under subsection (1) include—
(a)the conduct of research or such other steps as the appropriate authority considers appropriate for advancing knowledge and understanding;
(b)providing technical services (whether in laboratories or otherwise);
(c)providing services for the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of illness arising from exposure to radiation;
(d)providing training;
(e)providing information and advice;
(f)making available the services of any person or any facilities.

The full link is below, you might have to copy & paste into your browser, it leads to the government website.
https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/201...

Kind regards,

Stefanie parnell

westsussex@infreemation.co.uk, West Sussex County Council

Dear Stefanie Parnell

We acknowledge receipt of your email to West Sussex County Council

We will pass your email on to the team handling your case FOI/5984.

 

If your email requires a response it will be issued within twenty working
days. If that is not possible then we will contact you again.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

FOI Team

westsussex@infreemation.co.uk, West Sussex County Council

Dear Ms Parnell,

Thank you for sharing additional information. To clarify the link led us
to a page that would not load or did not provide any links relevant to the
question

I have reviewed the further information you have provided and can confirm
that WSCC is not the planning authority responsible for approving mobile
communication infrastructure. The provision of 5G is currently a
commercial activity in West Sussex. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)
is the primary authority on radiation protection for the section cited
within the Health and Social Care Act 2012. 

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your
own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for
the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for example commercial
publication, would require the permission of the copyright holder. Most
documents supplied by us will be copyright of West Sussex County Council.

Information you receive which is not subject to WSCC continues to be
protected by the copyright of the person, or organisation, from which the
information originated. You must ensure that you gain their permission
before reproducing any third party (non WSCC) information.

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reference number above in any future communications.
 
Thank you for your interest.
 
Yours sincerely,

Digital Infrastructure Team

Dear man or woman that is replying to my request,

in your last email, you state "The provision of 5G is currently a
commercial activity in West Sussex." Can you name any of those or the company who is doing this 'commercial activity' please?

Kind regards,

Stefanie Parnell

westsussex@infreemation.co.uk, West Sussex County Council

Dear Stefanie Parnell

We acknowledge receipt of your email to West Sussex County Council

We will pass your email on to the team handling your case FOI/5984.

 

If your email requires a response it will be issued within twenty working
days. If that is not possible then we will contact you again.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

FOI Team

westsussex@infreemation.co.uk, West Sussex County Council

Dear Stefanie Parnell

Our ref: FOI/5984

Thank you for your request for further information following the council's
response to your recent request for information.

I have passed this to the Digital Infrastructure Team to consider a
response.

Yours sincerely,

Darren Green,
Customer Relations Team
West Sussex County Council

westsussex@infreemation.co.uk, West Sussex County Council

Dear Stefanie Parnell

Thank you for your request which has been assigned reference FOI/6379

Further to 5984, request for details of contractors (5G)

If you have submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) or the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR), we aim to
respond within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, i.e. by or on
28/11/2023. 

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this request, please
reply to this email leaving the subject line unchanged.

Yours sincerely,
West Sussex County Council

 

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Council (disclosure-log.co.uk)? If not, why not use it in future for a
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westsussex@infreemation.co.uk, West Sussex County Council

Dear Ms Parnell,

Our Ref: FOI/6379

On the 31^st October 2023 you made the following requests for information
relating to 5G Commercial Activity. These have been dealt with in
accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The roll out of mobile technology is expected to be largely driven by the
four main Mobile Network Operators (MNO’s). These are Virgin Media O2,
Three, EE and Vodafone. Details of their current coverage can be found via
the [1]OFCOM website and also via the respective MNO’s websites.

Details of their future coverage plans appear limited but I have provided
below the links to their contact pages should you wish to enquire directly
with them about any future potential proposals.

02 - [2]Contact Us | Help, Support and Useful Numbers | O2
Three - [3]https://www.three.co.uk/support/contact-us
EE - [4]Contact EE
Vodafone - [5]How to get in touch with Vodafone

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your
own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for
the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for example commercial
publication, would require the permission of the copyright holder. Most
documents supplied by us will be copyright of West Sussex County Council.

Information you receive which is not subject to WSCC continues to be
protected by the copyright of the person, or organisation, from which the
information originated. You must ensure that you gain their permission
before reproducing any third party (non WSCC) information.

If you have any queries about any of this information, please contact me
by responding to this email. Please do not amend the Subject line.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you may
wish to ask for a review of our decision by responding to this email.
Please do not amend the Subject line.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally,
the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted our internal
review procedure. The Information Commissioner can be contacted
at: [6]www.ico.org.uk; or The Information Commissioners Office, Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.  Please remember to quote
the reference number above in any future communications.
 
Thank you for your interest.
 
Yours sincerely,

Digital Infrastructure Team

References

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1. https://checker.ofcom.org.uk/en-gb/mobil...
2. https://www.o2.co.uk/contactus
3. https://www.three.co.uk/support/contact-us
4. https://ee.co.uk/contact-ee
5. https://www.vodafone.co.uk/contact-us/
6. http://www.ico.org.uk/