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NEW POLICE RADIO SYSTEM DELAYED BY NATIONWIDE PLANNING OBJECTIONS

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Installation of the police's new digitial radio system, Airwave, is being ...
Installation of the police's new digitial radio system, Airwave, is being

held up by planning objections around the country, BBC Radio Four's Today

programe reported this morning.

Today said the system, which is costing nearly£3bn, is six

months behind schedule. Eleven of the 15 forces which were due to start

using Airwave this year have had to postpone implementation, the programme

reported.

Airwave project director Martha Wooldridge said in many areas residents were

objecting to the erection of radio masts for the system and had mounted

planning appeals.

Today also reported that two fire brigades have already refused to take

Airwave, casting doubt on its future as a system to be used by all the

emergency services.

* see LGCnet'LANDMARK LEGAL RULING SEES TRANSMITTER PLANNING PERMISSION REFUSAL OVERTURNED'

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