The application is now at Public Inquiry level and the first hearing of that has been adjourned and reconvened and then extended to deal with further and more accurate evidence (thanks to the tenacity of the Inspector). The next hearing date is set for October 2009.
The residents do not object to the emergency services. Clearly they need proper communications cover. But they do object to the non-cooperative way in which this matter has proceeded. There are a number of alternative ways of delivering the required communications but no-one will discuss them.
No one is allowed to discuss health concerns but these low (close to brain) frequency masts are not a good idea near population centres (including a school). It seems the government has sold the air frequencies that the services previously used and now requires tetra as the (now not so) new solution.