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PHONE MASTS BLIGHT HOUSE SALES - AND THREATEN PENALTIES FOR COUNCILS

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Mobile phone masts are wiping tens of thousands of pounds off the value of properties acros Britain, reported The O...
Mobile phone masts are wiping tens of thousands of pounds off the value of properties acros Britain, reported The Observer (p7).

There are now more than 50 million mobiles in use, and to cope with the demand a network of 35,000 masts has been erected. By 2007 there will be 48,000. Anti-mast campaigners have warned that radiation emitted by them is potentially dangerous to humans, especially children.

Although phone companies and government experts insist the technology is safe, fear of the masts has become a real issue in buying and selling houses. Estimates of the effect on property prices vary and no academic research has been carried out. However, campaign group Mast Sanity believes anecdotal evidence from its hotline indicates a mast will knock between 15-25% off the value of a house, depending on how close it is and the size of the structure.

Campaigners are considering legal action to seek compensation for the loss in value of their properties or to get the masts removed. Last week, seven householders in Swindon won sums of between £10,000 and £20,000 each from their local authority after it mistakenly allowed a mast to be erected in the middle of their residential street, causing their properties to crash in value. It was the first time an ombudsman had accepted masts could harm house prices. A flood of similar claims is expected.
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