Letters: Opposed to radio tower

Sooke resident is concerned about health effects of radio towers

Re: Telus Radio Communications Facility 6683 Sooke Road.

Here we go again! Now Telus is applying for construction of a new radio communications tower about one-half block away from the last proposal by Alcatel-Lucent at Jim Mitchell’s building. Virtually everyone in the room at the June 18, 2012  District of Sooke Land Use and Environment Committee meeting seemed appalled at the prospect of blighting the ocean views and exposing town center residents and workers to the dangers of cell tower radiation. Reactions to the poorly thought out location were equally strong from both the public and members of the LUEC committee. Council resolved to send a letter to strongly oppose the proposed town center location of their Monopole Radio Tower. Copies of the letter were to be sent to Industry Canada and four Vancouver Island MPs. How can this be happening again?

On September 22 I called the Sooke planning department and asked my questions and was told to write a letter to Telus stating my opposition to the tower, and that this issue would go to public consultation and to Council on Oct 27.

Should there not be a policy in place for these matters considering the large number of signatures on the prior petitions and the impressive presentations given regarding health related concerns about radio frequency?

Has the public not already voiced their opinion?  Why does this have to go to public consultation again? Has the public been properly notified?

Sylvia Hallgren

Sooke