Letters: 5G Concerns Continue on Stronsay

envelopeDear Orkney News

Although there has been no official notification yet I gather the 5G (that is not actually 5G but 733mhz) trial on Stronsay is continuing till at least the end of September 2019, with no written guarantee is will be turned off and removed at that point, I also gather the 7 council representatives voted unanimously to keep it on despite knowing a number of local residents (including 9 school age children) asked for a the compromise of turning it off at the start of term.

In direct opposition to guidance from the NHS that states “Children should only use mobile phones for essential purposes and keep all calls short.”

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/mobile-phone-safety/risks/ (Page last reviewed 20 Febuary 2019)

And also Public Health England that state “The international guidelines recommended by Public Health England (PHE) provide protection for the population as a whole; however uncertainties in the science suggest some additional level of precaution is warranted, particularly for sources such as mobile phones where simple measures can be taken to reduce exposure.”

PHE recommend “excessive use of mobile phones by children should be discouraged and adults should be able to make their own choices about reducing their exposure should they so wish, but be able to do this from an informed position”


And the fact that “by 2018 67% of the independently funded studies into Radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) found a biological effect, and 28% of the mobile phone industry-funded studies found the same effects. A mobile phone industry funded study even found the risk of “rare neuroepithelial tumours on the outside of the brain was more than doubled in cellphone users” and the “ability of radiation from a phone’s antenna to cause functional genetic damage [was] definitely positive”


Yet there is a mast at the school that is on 24/7 and at the start 20 people had mobile phones (I gather this is now down to at most 16 due to the phones stopping charging) and OIC think that continuing the trial for 6 more weeks (even after the BBC research team admitted in a room full of people that they would not gain any extra data) is more important then the education of 9 children???

We will therefore be homeschooling our children at the start of term in August, We may return our children to the school when the transmission mast is turned off and removed and details provided about the back haul connection to Shapinsay is provided and shown to be safe and not exposing the children to radio-frequency EMF.

We anticipate a representative from the council organising a meeting on Stronsay in the near future (with Us, the Bremners, The school and any other families who decide to homeschool) to organise the proper provision of home schooling for at least 9 children who deserve an education in a setting where they have less exposure to RF-EMF without they or their parents informed consent.

Yours, Duncan Bliss-Davis, Stronsay

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