20th June 2019
The introduction of 5G technology in Glastonbury has been opposed by town councillors until further information has been obtained on the health effects on residents.
For months, members of the community have raised concerns with the council about the safety of the technology, claiming that it is hazardous to human health and the environment due to the higher radiofrequency.
At a meeting on Tuesday June 11, a motion proposed by councillor Mike Smyth read: “This council has a social responsibility to protect the public and environment from exposure to harm, albeit unpredictable in the current state of scientific knowledge, and therefore opposes the roll-out of 5G in the Parish of Glastonbury – based on the precautionary principle – until further information is revealed from a newly convened 5G advisory committee.”
Mr Smyth told the packed meeting: “In April this year, 5G internet roll-out was postponed in Brussels when Celine Fremault, Environment and Energy Minister, identified that it was not compatible with Belgian radiation safety standards.”