A community is having a little implosion up on the Orkney island of Stronsay, where an early-doors trial of 5G services has seen a test mast installed on a local primary school, much to the anger of one set of parents who’ve pulled their kids out of the school as a result.
Stronsay crofters Russell and Naomi Bremner have three kids in the Stronsay School, so their loss will have quite an impact on the headcount in the primary class. Mr Bremner appears to have read some unverified Facebook posts about the possible health impacts of 5G frequencies, as he said: “There are some folk on the island that think it’s the most amazing thing in the world, but there are also folk like me that would like to see evidence that there are going to be no additional health risks to my children by the mast being placed on top of the school.”
Orkney Islands Council revealed that the BBC – the lead partner in Stronsay’s 5G trial that has recently extended the test radio broadcasts until September – did indeed take the health concerns of 5G signals seriously, so much so that it took electromagnetic field readings in the playground to make sure no children would have their brains fried. The council says the results were “…well within published safety guidelines for equipment of this kind.”