Thursday, November 18, 2010
Neighbors oppose cell tower at Holmes Middle School
A community meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at Holmes Middle School, where the film “Full Signal” will be screened. The award-winning documentary outlines the potential health effects of cell towers, cell phones, and antennas. Another meeting is scheduled for Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., at the school, to which representatives of Milestone and T-Mobile have been invited.
“Something stinks here,” Buckley says. “Milestone has a sweet deal with the school board, and they are milking it for everything they’ve got. They are in the business of building towers, and I honestly believe that they want to put one at every Fairfax County public school, including the elementary schools.
“There is little doubt that Fairfax County, T-Mobile, and Milestone are no strangers to meeting previous opposition to these tower facilities in other locales,” adds Thomas Barry, who has lived on Redwing Drive for 21 years. Barry believes “there is the ‘appearance’ that the Holmes venture has been advanced in a somewhat stealth-like manner, absent community interface until very late in the game, to perhaps elude anything that may potentially derail the proposed plan.”
“Nobody really knows if these towers are safe over the long term,” Buckley says. “It will be 300 feet from my children’s bedrooms (not to mention the school). In Europe and most of the rest of the world, 1,500 feet seems to be about the consensus for a ‘safe’ distance.” He calls the proliferation of wireless telecommunications in recent years “the largest biological experiment in history.”
And while Milestone’s proposal promises to provide phone service in an area with poor coverage, Adams says, “We have seen no evidence of bad service in the area. Even if that were the case, we would continue to oppose the proposed plan and question the wisdom to build at Holmes Middle School.”
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