Dear Shropshire Council,

This is a Freedom of Information Request. Please return all recorded information and documentary evidence as requested.

1. Do you have a 5G strategy?
1.1 If yes, I request to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its objectives in PPTX, Word, PDF or picture format.
1.2 If yes, has the public had the opportunity to read and understand [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 [Council]:
(a) Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity officers.
(b) Specification sheets of 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 [Council] complying with for the 5G strategy and existing 5G technology.
(e) I request proof e.g. a certificate from [Council] that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.
1.4 If no, I request to know when you will be chairing a 5G strategy?
2. I request the name/s of the Officer/s in charge of the 5G strategy and roll out for 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 PPTX, 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 [Council] be 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 [Council] that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.
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 PPTX, 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 [Council] that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.
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 [Council] that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.
(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 [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 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 [Council] that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.
(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?
6. Where do you have 3G and 4G systems in public spaces and public roads?

Yours faithfully, P Newton.

FOI, Shropshire Council

Dear Mr Newton

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 09/04/2019.  We are
currently processing your request in accordance with the relevant
legislation.

 

Your request is for information relating to preparations for 5G.

 

(Please note this may be a summary of your request and full details, as
outlined in the request, will be sent to the team providing the response).

 

If you feel the information is inaccurate or requires amendment, please
notify us as soon as possible using the contact details provided below. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Team

Shropshire Council

Shirehall

Abbey Foregate

SHREWSBURY

SY2 6ND

 

Tel:                  01743 252179 / 252774 / 252747

Email:             [Shropshire Council request email]

Web:               [1]www.shropshire.gov.uk/access-to-information

 

 

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your response. I am aware however, that the respondents name is not legible, I am therefore obliged to ask whether a robot is dealing with this matter?
I await further response at your convenience.

Yours sincerely,
P Newton

Information.Request, Shropshire Council

Dear Mr Newton,

I can confirm your request has been logged and we will issue a response in due course.

Kind Regards

Tom

Tom Mullen
Data Protection Officer
Shropshire Council
Shirehall
Abbey Foregate
Shrewsbury
SY2 6ND

Tel: 01743 252774
Email: [email address]
Web www.shropshire.gov.uk

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Mark Barrow, Shropshire Council

Good morning

 

Please find below answers relating to questions 3-6.

 

 

3. No

 

4. The answer for 4 is no we currently do not have that policy and it
isn’t covered in the development of LTP 4

 

 

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

                Yes

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?

The Authority will be seeking to provide a CMS system at the same time as
lighting is converted to LED lanterns the specification of the CMS has not
been confirmed at this stage as the Authority is still examining the
available options.

(b) What type of waveform is the LED? e.g. Square wave?

See response to question 5.1(a)

(c) Can you control the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) of the streetlight
system using the CMS?

See response to question 5.1(a)

(d) Can you control the PWM of each streetlight that’s connected to the
system?

See response to question 5.1(a)

(e) What restrictions do you have in place for the control of the PWM?

              See response to question 5.1(a)

(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?

Please see the paper, Opinion on Potential Risks to Human Health of light
emitting Diodes (LEDs) by the Scientific Committee on Health,
Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) produced by the European
Commission which can be found by following the link:-
 [1]https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health...
where in particular I would draw your attention to the contents of the
ABSRACT on page 2 and Para. 6.11 Overall Conclusions on page 41

(g) I request to see the training manual and safety operation manual for
the CMS and the LED streetlight system.

See response to question 5.1(a)

(h) Who is the company who is or has installed the CMS LED streetlight
system?

The equipment may be installed by the incumbent Term Maintenance
Contractor, Kier Highways, or it could be another Contractor who is yet to
be decided.

(i) What company maintains and repairs the CMS and LED streetlight system?

See response to question 5.1(a)

(j) What entity and Officer is responsible for the safety standards for
the CMS and LED streetlight system?

              Jason Hughes, Traffic Signals and Street Lighting
Commissioner for Shropshire Council

(k) I request proof e.g. a certificate from [Council] that confirms that
UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have
been meet.

              Shropshire Council abides by UK, EU and International safety
standards wherever laid down

(l) What is the amount of Blue Light leakage that’s safe for the public
and workers during the LED streetlights operation?

See response to question 5.1(f)

(m) What level of LED streetlight exposure is safe for the public at
daytime and night time?

See response to question 5.1(f)

(n) Is there a legal requirement for diffusers to be fitted to LED
streetlights?

See response to question 5.1(f) but I would draw your attention to ANNEX
IV Photometry, Radiometry and Dosimetry on pages 86 & 87

(o) How have you have addressed the amount of Oxidative Stress on Human
and Animal cells that’s produced from LED? 

See response to question 5.1(f) but I would draw your attention to Para
6.5.1 Thermal and photochemical aspects

 

 

 

6. Where do you have 3G and 4G systems in public spaces and public roads?

3G

Battlefield Road/Arlington Way junction, Shrewsbury

Ludford Bridge, Ludlow

Berwick Road, Shrewsbury

Five Ways, Whitchurch

RAF Cosford junction, Cosford

Abbey Foregate/Monkmoor Road junction, Shrewsbury

4G

Oteley Road/Percy Throwers junction, Shrewsbury

M54 J4 Priorslee Road Dual Toucan, Telford

 

 

Regards

 

Mark Barrow

Director of Place

 

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Dear Mark Barrow,

Thank you for your response, much appreciated. I look forward to receiving the remainder of the information relating to the questions which have so far been unanswered.

Yours sincerely,

P Newton

FOI, Shropshire Council

 

Dear Mr Newton 

 

Further to your request for information and our email of 8 May providing
responses to Questions 3-6 of your request, please find responses to
Questions 1 and 2 below.

1. Do you have a 5G strategy? - No

i. If yes, I request to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its
objectives in PPTX, Word, PDF or picture format.
ii. If yes, has the public had the opportunity to read and understand
[Council’s] 5G strategy? Where was this information published?
iii. 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 [Council] Mobile Network
Operators (MNO’s) are commercial companies who make their deployment
decisions based upon commercial opportunities. Shropshire Council has
no influence upon these decisions. The MNO’s have code powers under
the Electronic Telecommunications Code 2017 and are able to install
new equipment without prior planning approval. There are currently no
5G antennas in any Shropshire council public spaces that the council
is aware of

o Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity
officers. See above
o Specification sheets of 5G technology. N/A
o 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? N/A
o What UK, EU and International safety standards is [Council]
complying with for the 5G strategy and existing 5G technology. N/A
o I request proof e.g. a certificate from [Council] that confirms
that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the
public have been meet. N/A

If no, I request to know when you will be chairing a 5G strategy?
Shropshire Council is planning to assess 5G opportunities along with other
digital opportunities for our communities and businesses. The evaluation
will form part of a wider Digital Strategy. This work will be undertaken
during 2019/2020.

 

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

 

Chris Taylor is the Connecting Shropshire Programme Manager is tasked with
looking into the opportunities for 5G.

No consultancy is employed. We are working with Department for Digital,
Culture, Media & Sport and West Midlands Combined Authority.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Team

Shropshire Council

Shirehall

Abbey Foregate

SHREWSBURY

SY2 6ND

 

Tel:                  01743252179 / 252774 / 252747 

Email:             [Shropshire Council request email]

Web:               [1]www.shropshire.gov.uk/access-to-information

 

 

 

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Dear Shropshire Council,

Thank you for taking the time to respond in detail. Your conduct has been exemplary. Very much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

P Newton

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