TRURO - An Eastlink representative said efforts are being made to try to accommodate concerns regarding the placement of a cellphone tower in Bible Hill.
William Burgess has expressed concern about the proposed placement of a cellphone tower near his property in Bible Hill.
William Burgess and his wife Carrie of Ryland Avenue recently wrote to Colchester County Council, expressing concerns about the proposed placement of a cellphone tower near their property.
The issue was discussed at council with directions for staff to see if they could talk to Eastlink about the tower's proposed placement.
Following the meeting, Allan Sullivan, Eastlink's government and community relations advisor, told the Truro Daily News he had met with county staff and that the company is willing to try and resolve resident concerns.
"They asked us if we would consider moving the location of the tower back on the existing property," he said of his discussion with municipal staff. "And I've responded that we will in fact talk with the land owner and see whether or not that is possible."
The proposed location would see the tower erected between Ryland Avenue and Pictou Road.
In a recent interview with the Truro Daily News, William Burgess expressed concerns about the safety of his family if the tower is placed too close to his home.
"Those things aren't safe," he said. "Cellphone towers are seen in other areas - you would expect to see them on a lonely mountain top and away from houses."
Burgess said studies he has looked at show evidence linking long-term exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy from cell towers with cancer and other health problems. And he said the location currently being proposed would locate the 42.7-metre monopole within a couple hundred feet from his home.
He said Health Canada's own website states that the International Agency for Research on Canada in 2011 classified RF energy as "possibly carcinogenic to humans."
But Sullivan said he his hoping to alleviate those concerns.
"We will be talking with the land owner this week," he said on Tuesday.