Presentation on theme: "1 Mobile Infrastructure Project."— Presentation transcript:
1 Mobile Infrastructure Project.
2 Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP) Memorial Hall at St Ann’s Chapel, Bigbury Parish Council Meeting 10 th December Peter Wingate Saul, National Community Relations Manager, Arqiva Alex Jones, National Estates & Asset Manager, Arqiva Sam Gray, Community Relations Manager, Arqiva Katie Yeoman, Town Planner, Harlequin
3 MIP - Overview A £150m publicly funded project to provide mobile phone coverage by all four Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in areas that have none at present ‘Not spots’: Areas with no effective coverage by any of the mobile network operators, usually because it is uneconomic to do so An opportunity to be grasped - tackling market failure to provide mobile coverage to less populated areas State Aid funding means MIP cannot consider areas where there is coverage from at least one (UK) operator, but not from others State Aid funding is for improvements to “voice coverage and basic data”, but all sites will have the connectivity to manage upgraded services Operational & technical challenges – especially connecting the new sites into the MNOs’ networks
4 Those involved: The Department of Culture Media and Sport (Broadband Delivery UK) is meeting the capital cost of the project Arqiva has been contracted to deliver it Harlequin are Arqiva’s acquisition agents The four Mobile Network Operators: Have all agreed to provide a service from all MIP sites for 20 years Have agreed to meet all the operating costs of doing so
5 The Challenge: Access for build and operation Not Spots Coverage of the Economic power supply (i.e. Nearby) Economic site rental Viable transmission links (2) Planning permission - All on the same site! Economic construction cost
6 Transmission Line of sight needed for connecting the site into the MNOs’ networks Every site needs TWO transmission links One for O2 & Vodafone One for EE and 3 The far ends of the links need capacity to carry the services back into the MNOs’ core networks Capacity for onward transmission MIP site
7 Example notspots – containing one or more premises
8 Predicted Coverage Levels of mast at Mount Folly Farm (DEV0901)
9 Best Server Plot of proposed mast at Mount Folly Farm (DEV0901) and Land to the Rear of Houghton Cottage (DEV0891)
13 Proposed installation of 17.5m High Lattice Tower Mobile Phone Base at Land at Mount Folly Farm, Folly Hill, Bigbury on Sea, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4AR
14 Search Area- Bigbury on Sea Search Area centred around Bigbury on Sea Consideration given to the land designations: South Devon AONB South Devon Heritage Coast Heritage Assets at Ringmore, Bigbury and Bantham Limited natural screening in the site search area, particularly closer to the coast Challenging topography- achieving a viable transmission solution Strikes the best balance between fulfilling the operational and technical requirements whilst minimising the environmental impact.
15 Site Search Map
16 Discounted options 1. Land at Bigbury Golf Course, TQ7 4BB The land was on the openmarket for sale and was not available. 2.Existing Airwave Mast, Mount Folly Farm, Folly Hill An overall larger structure would be required at the location in order to accommodate both the MIP equipment and the existing Airwave Emergency Services broadcast equipment. 3. Land opposite Folly Farm, TQ7 4AR Ground height is 105m AOD therefore a viable transmission solution could not be achieved with a 17.5m high structure. 4.Water Treatment Works, TQ7 4AZ Considered that an installation would have a greater visual impact detrimental to the outlook from residential properties in the vicinity. Due to the low land levels of 70m AOD, a 17.5m high structure would not achieve the necessary line of sight back in the corresponding base stations.
17 Discounted options 5.Bay Café, Parker Road, TQ7 4AS Insufficient space to house such an installation and thus it would not be viable to install all of the necessary equipment. Further, the low land levels would require a taller structure. 6. Land at Car Park, Marine Drive, TQ7 4AS Due to the low land levels a 17.5m high structure would not be able to achieve a viable transmission solution. 7.Car Park Land opposite Bay Café, Marine Drive, TQ7 4AS Due to the low land levels a 17.5m high structure would not be able to achieve a viable transmission solution.
18 Proposed Site- Mount Folly Farm, Folly Hill, Bigbury on Sea, Elevated position, adjacent to Bigbury Golf Course Provides coverage to 56 not spots and 189 premises Set adjacent to a boundary hedgerow and scattered 11-12m high trees Nearest residential properties located 380m east of the site (Hexdown) Long distance views of the installation only, due to the separation distances to residential properties
19 Location Plan
20 Elevation Plan
21 Local Communications so far: The proposal is currently undergoing pre application consultation Consultations have taken place with: South Hams District Council Initial comments advise consultation with the AONB unit, an application is supported by a LVIA and Heritage Statement. South Devon AONB team No responses to date Bigbury Parish Council No responses to date Ward Councillor Carson Declared an interest therefore refrained from commenting. English Heritage No responses to date
22 Thank you. Questions?
23 Radio Safety RADIO (80 years) RADIATOR Infrared Town planning and Radio safety regulation are separate - “Non-duplication of controls” Mobile phones save lives. 2/3 of all calls to the emergency services are made on mobiles (Ofcom) Mobile phone base stations produce nothing other than radio waves at frequencies/wavelengths similar to TV, at low power (a few tens of watts) Radio waves have been common in our environment since the 1920s. Arqiva has been transmitting radio (through its ownership & operation of the BBC transmission service) through all that time All mobile phone base stations must comply with the ‘ICNIRP’ Public guidelines in all publicly accessible areas ICNIRP Certificates must be provided with planning applications ICNIRP is based on decades of peer reviewed and published research. It is continuously under review ICNIRP is accepted by UK & ROI Governments as the appropriate safeguard to public health ICNIRP is accepted by the World Health Organisation and the EC ICNIRP incorporates significant precautionary factors Mobile base stations typically comply with ICNIRP by very large margins:
24 RA survey – highest of 100 schools 35m Highest reading by OFCOM in 724 surveys, 2001 to 2013 = 1/279 th ICNIRP public Folkestone School for Girls