No to tower

NOEL and Christine Harden do not want a 30 metre high Telstra tower built on land owned by the Singleton Hospital.

The tower is planned to be built behind the hospital on vacant land between an existing shed and Carroll Street.

The Harden’s main concern are the health issues associated with mobile phone towers as the couple believe the towers are linked to cancer due to the radiation they emit.

This is a very personal worry for the Hardens as Mrs Harden has already had two brain tumours removed and a third tumour treated by radiation.

In his letter of objection to the tower to Singleton Council, Mr Harden said knowing there was a link with phone towers and cancer would add to their stress.

The Hardens said during Christine’s treatment they had attended many information sessions where medical specialists raised their concerns about similar towers and their link to cancers.

“Why not install the tower near the council chambers or somewhere, not in close proximity to houses,” Mr Harden wrote.

When speaking to the Argus Mr Harden said there was no shortage of land in the nearby vicinity where the tower could be built.

“We just want to see it located away from the hospital site, away from housing and not next to a school bus site,” he said.

“Our other concern is its height because its location is quite close to where the Westpac Rescue Helicopter lands – what happens in foggy weather and once its built the landing and take off paths of the helicopter will be limited.”

Mrs Harden also questioned its site next to land that in the future could be developed for other health services including aged care facilities.

Commenting on the development application Wendy Mason-Jones, manager Singleton Health Services said the facility was expected to yield significant benefits for the hospital, local businesses and residents through significantly improved mobile phone and mobile broadband service.

HEALTH CONCERNS: Christine and Noel Harden have objected to the building of a 30 metre Telstra tower on Singleton Hospital land. They are concerned about the health issues associated with mobile phone towers.

Telstra’s development application for a telecommunications facility on the Singleton Hospital site is currently with Singleton Council for approval.

The development application is on public exhibition at the council’s administration building until Monday, May 13.

Submissions close for DA No. 55/2013 on May 13.

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