A WOKINGHAM businessman has called for an investigation into health concerns over the latest smartphone technology.
Nicholas Martin raised the issue at the annual meeting of Wokingham Town Council this week claiming there is overwhelming evidence it can cause cancer and other serious illnesses.
Many of the leading mobile phone networks plan to introduce limited availability of the 5G system by the end of this year with most of the country expected to be covered by 2020.
Wokingham could be among the first towns to be included in the national rollout due to its proximity to London.
However, Mr Martin called for better education adding studies from leading scientists point to a major health risk.
“We already know the current 4G technology which is in widespread use causes cancer and immune disease,” he said. “My wife suffered from rheumatoid arthritis because we had 4G in our bedroom. Once it was removed, her symptoms disappeared.
“There is too much scientific evidence that 5G is even more harmful for it to be ignored.
“I would compare it to initial claims that smoking causes cancer which were ignored but that fact is now accepted.
“There is a need for education among politicians who are our lawmakers and the general public who may be unaware of the research. The time to act is now.”
Mr Martin’s question to council members was: “What is the Town Council’s attitude toward 5G transmission within Wokingham Town itself?”
He said the new 5G waves cannot travel far so to overcome this, LED streetlights will be converted to carry the signal.
“This would also mean trees would need to be chopped down which would change the nature of towns like Wokingham and its surroundings.
“It is known that 5G opens the blood brain barrier and let toxins into the brain. This is very serious.
“It is not a question of doubt but one of scientific fact just like in the smoking of cigarettes it is no longer doubted that smoking can cause cancer because of the scientific facts.
“I have been made aware of the effects of microwave mobile phone and Wi-Fi technology, through my wife’s serious illness which involved very, very great pain for her.
“I do not wish any other person to suffer like that, because of ignorance of how to use this technology safely. The people of Wokingham have a right to know all of the facts and what our politicians intend to do about this technology and not just have it rolled out.”
The Wokingham Paper has asked Wokingham Town Council for comment.