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SCOTS COUNCILS WARNED ON POWER LINE FEARS

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The Scottish Office has written a circular which will be sent to local authorities that outlines fears that overhea...
The Scottish Office has written a circular which will be sent to local authorities that outlines fears that overhead power lines and mobile phone masts could cause illnesses including cancer.

The Scotsman (10 Dec, p8) reported that health and radiation experts insist there is no evidence to support the claims but councils, led by Perth and Kinross, have started rejecting applications by mobile phone operators to site masts on schools.

The circular, which is likely to be published before Christmas by Calum McDonald, the local government minister, will state that there is no medical evidence to justify public fears.

But it is expected to remind local authorities that concern should be taken directly into account in planning decisions.

The advice follows the recent release of a consultation document by the department of the environment, transport and the regions, which advised English and Welsh councils that there is no 'convincing' evidence of the link.
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