Leaflets calling for a halt to the roll out of 5G have been distributed in Richmondshire.
The leaflets warn that although it is claimed the technology is safe, “an emergency body of scientific evidence is showing this not to be the case”.
“All manner of deleterious health effects are noted,” it is claimed.
5G critics claim the technology generates radiation that can damage DNA and lead to cancer, cause premature ageing, disrupt cell metabolism and potentially lead to other diseases through the generation of stress proteins.
The publication has been distributed after North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) said rural communities with little or no little or no mobile phone coverage in Richmondshire were being considered to take part in a Government 5G technology trial.
The sparsely populated areas identified as likely to take part included Swaledale and the north end of Coverdale.
NYCC has secured £4.5m of government funding to explore how the technology could benefit rural communities.
A further £2m is being added by the industry partners.
Announcing the trial earlier this year, North Yorkshire County Council’s executive member for access Don Mackenzie said 5G would open up a huge range of opportunities in the county, such as enabling more businesses to function well in rural areas and rather than being harmful it would boost residents’ health with the wider use of remote health services.
He added: “Members will be aware that there has been public concern with the health hazards associated with 5G networks.
“We saw the same concerns when mobile phones first came out 25 years ago, equal concerns expressed at 2G, 3G and 4G and again at 5G. There is absolutely no evidence that 5G networks are harmful.”
But the leaflets claim the councillor is wrong.
It adds: “Now that NYCC has secured six million pounds to roll our a 5G testbed in North Yorkshire, we can expect their stated plan to start with such places as Reeth, Hudswell, Marske, Grinton, Muker, north Coverdale, Leyburn, Middleham and Harmby to be implemented any time now.
“If you live and/op work in one of those areas, it could be you, your children, your colleagues, friends and families who are adversley impacted soonest.”
Public Health England said last year that there had been a large amount of research conducted in recent decades on the impact to health of exposure to radio waves, although they admitted there had been less research on the effects of new 5G technology.
They added: “It is possible that there may be a small increase in overall exposure to radio waves when 5G is added to an existing network or in a new area. However, the overall exposure is expected to remain low relative to guidelines and, as such, there should be no consequences for public health.
“PHE is committed to monitoring the evidence applicable to this and other radio technologies, and to revising its advice, should that be necessary.”
For more details on the Government’s position on the technology click here.