'5G radiation' campaigners told 'this is not the place'

Magdalen House, Trinity Road, Bootle - Sefton Council offices.
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A Sefton Council meeting was continually disrupted by campaigners protesting against '5G radiation' who were told by the panel chairperson 'this is not the place'.

A panel met this morning at Magadalen House in Bootle for a public engagement consultation on a series of local authority proposals including a new digital strategy for the borough. The panel was led by Cabinet Member for Communities and Partnership Engagement, Cllr Liz Dowd who advised the meeting was solely to discuss the quality of public engagement and consultation in Sefton.

However, in attendance were a number of designated 'observers' who were under the impression they would be able to ask questions and debate the items on the agenda.

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The 'observers' seemed to be a part of a campaign group concerned by the proposed digital strategy and their belief it could lead to possible '5G radiation'. The group cited a response to a freedom of information request which they said confirmed the possibility of them raising questions to the panel.

Another group member also raised a question about the funding stream for a Short Term Assessment Unit for people with special educational needs and disabilities. The unit would include a multi sensory room designed to support people with a learning disability and/or autism who display behaviours that challenge and will also include provision for young people transitioning to adult services.

The unit is part of a larger development facilitated by Sefton Council and Riverside Housing in Sandbrook Road in Ainsdale. A description provided by Sefton Council detailed what services people could expect. It said: "When staying in the unit they will be part of an assessment of their needs so we ‘get it right first time’ when they return to the community.

"We can then plan and prepare the right move for them, with the right support and suitable housing."

The assessment unit's multi sensory room has been designed in consultation from experts at Liverpool's Hope University, but the council also want to extend an invitation to the communities in Sefton to get involved in the decoration and also the facilities available in outdoor and shared spaces.

One of the 'observers' interjected at this point to ask where the funding had come from for the build of the unit and wanted to question whether 5G would be present in the sensory room. There was also mention of a letter sent to Sefton Council by a group called the Radiation Research Trust who asked to present their concerns about 'the rollout of 5G and the IoT [Internet of Things]'.

In response, Cllr Dowd made it clear to the campaigners they were there in a strictly 'observational' capacity and she was exercising her discretion to focus on the agenda items and panel discussions around consultation and engagement in the borough. The representative for Ford ward also added there would be no questions allowed during the meeting, but she would happily make time to hear them after the meeting.

For further clarification, the observers were told the meeting was not a place to discuss freedom of information requests nor the funding of educational buildings and housing.

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