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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 24/05/2005
EXPLORING CURRENT ISSUES REGARDING MOBILE TELEPHONE TECHNOLOGY – A SCOPING REPORT



Summary & Purpose
This report outlines the potential scope and process of a review of exploring current issues regarding new mobile telephone technology. The review’s objectives will be to explore the changes in mobile telephone technology looking specifically at the positioning, power and safety of mobile telephone masts with a view to informing the Council both as landowner and planning authority.

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APPENDIX B
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

Environment AND Leisure Overview AND Scrutiny Committee – 24th May 2005
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Title:
EXPLORING CURRENT ISSUES REGARDING MOBILE TELEPHONE TECHNOLOGY – A SCOPING REPORT
[Wards Affected:N/A
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Summary and purpose:

This report outlines the potential scope and process of a review of exploring current issues regarding new mobile telephone technology. The review’s objectives will be to explore the changes in mobile telephone technology looking specifically at the positioning, power and safety of mobile telephone masts with a view to informing the Council both as landowner and planning authority.
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Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe, Healthy and Active Communities
Local Economy
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This report outlines proposals for the conduct of an in-depth review and as such has no quality of life implications. However, the review will need, among other things to assess the quality of life implications of new mobile telephone technology.

E-Government implications:
Members and invited organisations wishing to submit evidence to the review will be invited to do so by e-mail if they wish.

Resource and legal implications:
The review will be conducted within existing resources. Any potential legal implications will be assessed as the review progresses.
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Introduction
1. At its meeting of 14th March 2005 this committee agreed three items to be included on its work programme as being suitable for in-depth review (the last item being a reserve item). The first of those items was an in-depth review exploring current issues regarding mobile phone technology.



Scope of the Review

2. The Council has an interest in the siting of mobile telephone masts both as landowner and planning authority. The siting of such masts is often an issue of concern to the local community. Some Council officers and Members are also users of mobile telephones in the course of their duties.

It is suggested that the review should address the following questions:
What is the national context (including the statutory framework) surrounding this Council’s interest in mobile telephone technology?
What are the Council’s current policies in respect of mobile telephones (planning policy, view as a landowner; and view as a user of the technology)?
Mobile telephone technology:
o How many mobile telephone masts are there currently in the Borough and where are they?
o What is the local usage of mobile telephones?
o what recent developments have been made in the technology?
o what infrastructure will network suppliers require in the future?
What does the Community think?
What issues have other Councils faced?
What impact does mobile telephone technology have on quality of life? In particular:
o What are the health implications of mobile telephone technology?
o What impact do mobile telephone masts have on the environment?
Does anything in the Council’s policies require changing as a result of the review?

The review process

3. It is suggested that the review be conducted along similar lines to this Committee’s previous reviews; that is, by the Committee hearing a range evidence from invited witnesses. However, it is anticipated that some form of consultation should be undertaken with members of the community and it is suggested that some consultation be undertaken either with the Council’s Citizens’ Panel, or a random sample of the population, and that an open invitation (by means of a press release) be made for members of the public to submit written evidence to the review.
i) Officers to identify all Council policy/activity relevant to the review and to identify specific sources of information and/or support from Waverley’s partners.
ii) Officers to explore costed options for consulting with the community (Citizens’ Panel or a random sample of the population) and identify budgets to pay for the consultation.
iii) Officers to report to the Committee on work to date and Committee to identify options for consultation with the community and to make recommendations to the Executive concerning that consultation iv) Officers to identify sources of evidence and witnesses for the review v) Consultation with the community

vi) Committee to hear evidence, including the results of consultation vii) Evidence summarised and draft report considered.
viii) Draft recommendations to the Executive.

Resources

4. Most of the resources necessary to undertake this review will be provided from within existing budgets. The two Overview and Scrutiny Officers will undertake most of the support work within the time allocated to Overview and Scrutiny work and other officers of the authority will prepare their evidence to the Committee within existing workloads. However, there are likely to be costs associated with consulting the community and these costs will have to be quantified early in the review and available resources identified before that part of the review can proceed. Any professionals invited to give expert evidence to the Committee would be offered reimbursement of their expenses and these sums must be found from within the Committee’s budget for that purpose.

Recommendation

It is recommended that:

1. the committee agree to undertake an in-depth review exploring current issues regarding mobile phone technology with a view to informing the Council as land owner and planning authority;

2. that the review be conducted in accordance with the process and timetable set out above.
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Background Papers

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.
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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Louise Goodfellow Telephone: 01483 523148

E-mail: lgoodfellow@waverley.gov.uk


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