13 Sep 2009

Nelson school groups win cellphone tower battle

5:01 pm on 13 September 2009

Some parents in Nelson are claiming victory in a two year fight to stop Telecom building a mobile phone tower within metres of a playcentre.

Telecom believes it has found an alternative site, and the Nelson City Council will consider the move at a meeting next week.

The Atawhai Playcentre and Brightsparks pre-school have campaigned against the tower, saying there are unknown health impacts from radio frequency radiation.

A spokesperson, Sue Grey, says it's great news for Nelson that Telecom may build elsewhere.

But she says numerous other schools around the country are facing the same problem, and a nationwide petition on the issue is awaiting parliamentary consideration.