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Sir Paul's fame academy in phone mast controversy.

Byline: David Bartlett

SIR PAUL McCARTNEY'S fame academy is on a collision course with residents over plans to put six phone masts on one of its buildings in Hope Street.

Mobile phone operator Vodafone and O2 want planning permission to put the antennas on top of the chimney of a 1960s building which is part of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA).

Residents fear the masts will spoil historic views in the street famous for its two Cathedrals, restaurants, and the Philharmonic Hall.

They have also raised concerns about the health impacts, given its close proximity to the nursery at Blackburne House.

Formby resident Eileen O'Connor, who is a national leading campaigner against mobile phone masts, has also lodged objections to the scheme.

Next week, Liverpool's planning committee will vote on the plans and city officials have recommended councillors approve the scheme.

Last night, Mark Featherstone-Witty, principal of LIPA, said: "We always try to be very sensitive to the people who live around here.

"If the planners give it permission, we are going to do some more investigation."

Mrs O'Connor, who developed breast cancer while living in the Midlands near a cluster of phone masts, runs the UK EM Radiation Research Trust.

She has written to Sir Paul to object and presented a dossier of evidence to LIPA.

Mr Featherstone-Witty said: "She has showed us some compelling evidence.

But we have taken advice which is also quite compelling, possibly slightly more so."

He said LIPA was philosophical about whether it ends up allowing the masts on its roof, which would generate income for the Institute. In reference to Sir Paul, lead patron of LIPA, he said: "He trusts us to do the right thing."

READ Bartlett Mrs O'Connor said the public was uninformed about the dangers of phone masts. She said: "I really hope the council turn this down. Radiation from mobile phones and tower, such as that to be transmitted from the installations on LIPA's roofspace, poses serious health risks. "Clusters of cancer and other serious illnesses have been discovered around mobile phone masts, raising concerns over the technology's potential impact on health."

Chairman of the Rodney Street Association, Emlyn Williams, has also written to object.

A spokesman for Vodafone said: "Our customers expect to be able to use their mobiles and devices where they live work and travel.

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dalestreetblues "We have identified that we need to improve the 3G coverage to our customers in Liverpool and after a thorough search of the area we have concluded that the best site is to locate antennas on the face of the chimney on LIPA. The antennas will be colour coded to match the existing chimney brickwork, which will ensure that any visual intrusion caused by this site in minimised."


Sir Paul McCartney, who protesters hope will prevent a phone mast going on the Lipa building, above left
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 4, 2011
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