Residents battle to halt masts for faster broadband


RESIDENTS living near Waterford’s Claremont Road are protesting against the installation of infrastructure they believe will be used for 5G.broadband transmission.

5G, which is expected to become widely available in the next two years, has been hailed as providing faster, more efficient connectivity and paving the way for technical innovation.  It will be an element in the development of nearby Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) as a Technological University.

But the residents say “5G is an unsafe, uninsurable technology with no safety tests”. They have launched a social media campaign called ‘Stop 5G Waterford’. And last Saturday residents and concerned people came out on Sunrise Crescent to protest.

unsafe, uninsurable technology with no safety tests

In a statement they said they were “protesting against the proposed 15m telecommunications ‘smart street pole solution’ that is planned for Claremont Road, Waterford by Cignal Infrastructure Ltd.”

“Nobody was informed, there was no consultation with the residents of the area,” the protestors said in a statement.

“This is a residential area next to WIT with a nearby crèche and school…. this will in all probability be switched on to 5G in the 5G rollout by the end of this year.

we did not want a cell mast close to our houses irradiating our children

“We came out to show that we did not want a cell mast close to our houses irradiating our children.”

The residents claimed “there is proven scientific research to link it (5G) to numerous health problems such as cancer, sterility, heart problems. to name a few.”

Their statement said: “5G is an unsafe, uninsurable technology with no safety tests.

“This will affect the people of Claremont road, Sunrise Crescent, Ballybeg, WIT, Manor St. John, Lismore Park, Larchville and Lisduggan areas.

“We will be protesting every Saturday at 1pm at the Claremont road/ Cork Road Junction.”


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