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Wirral Council 5G strategy and LED streetlighting concerns

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan 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 PPTX, Word, PDF or picture format.

1.2 If yes, has the public had the opportunity to read and understand Wirral 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 currently in use in public spaces within Wirral:

(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 Wirral 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 Wirral Council that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been met.

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 Wirral Council that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.

5. Are you planning to roll out 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 Wirral 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 Wirral 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 Wirral 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?

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

Yours faithfully,

Paul Cardin

Dalton, Chelsea, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Cardin,

 

Thank you for your recent FOI submitted under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000. Please see response below:

 

The council as such doesn’t and wouldn't be expected to have a defined 5G
policy at this stage, it may come later once LFFN is in place and we look
to utilise the network.

 

The 5G rollouts are being commercially driven, for example, by companies
such as BT, EE, Virgin etc, and as such aren’t subject to Freedom of
Information requests via Wirral Council. The involvement from our council
perspective is around planning requests, but that is because the planning
regulations have been relaxed applications and wont specifically request
5G enablement, as they don’t legally have to state so if they are to
undertake amendments to existing infrastructure; The council won’t
necessarily know what is/isn’t 5G enabled.

 

As the network develops though (to real 5G, as what is going in now is
more enhanced 4G as far as we are aware), the council would expect
interaction to try and use council assets such as buildings and
lamp-posts. For that we will need a position as it is a potential revenue
generator.

 

All that said, officers are currently engaging with the commercial
operators to encourage them to include Wirral in their plans but, nothing
formal would constitute a strategy as yet.

 

I trust this assists with your enquiry.

 

You have the right under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
to ask for an internal review if you are dissatisfied with the information
provided to you. Please direct any request for an internal review to
[1][Wirral Borough Council request email] and your request will be allocated for
review.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Chelsea Dalton

Information Management Officer

Business Management - ICT

Treasury Building

Argyle Street

Birkenhead

Wirral

CH41 1AH

Tel: 0151 666 5201

[2][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Wirral Council 5G strategy and LED streetlighting concerns'.

Please address the specific and detailed points I took the time to spell out.
Your response is wholly inadequate, does not constitute a reply worthy of the name and I am well within my rights to request an internal review, accordingly.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/w...

Yours faithfully,

Paul Cardin

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Cardin,

Thank you for your further correspondence requesting an internal review.

The Council will aim to respond to this within 20 working days from the receipt of your request.

If you then remain dissatisfied you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner at https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

Yours sincerely,

Chelsea Dalton
Information Management Officer
Business Management - ICT
Treasury Building
Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH
Tel: 0151 666 5201
[Wirral Borough Council request email]

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Dalton, Chelsea, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Cardin,

 

An internal review of your FOI request has been carried out and the
Council would respond as follows.  It is Central Government's
responsibility, not that of the Council, to decide what measures are
necessary to protect public health regarding telecommunications
infrastructure.  The Government's latest advice on telecommunications is
available in the National Planning Policy Framework paragraph 115 which
states:

 

"Applications for electronic communications development (including
applications for prior approval under the General Permitted Development
Order) should be supported by the necessary evidence to justify the
proposed development.  This should include: ... a statement that
self-certifies that the cumulative exposure, when operational, will not
exceed International Commission guidelines for non-ionising radiation
protection."

 

Local planning authorities cannot seek to determine healthguards or refuse
applications on health grounds where a mobile phone mast installation
meets the ICNRP guidelines.

 

I hope this satisfies you enquiries.

 

You do also have the right to complain to the information Commissioner, if
you are dissatisfied with the outcome of any internal review:
https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Chelsea Dalton

Information Management Officer

Business Management - ICT

Treasury Building

Argyle Street

Birkenhead

Wirral

CH41 1AH

Tel: 0151 666 5201

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