Stroud Town Council has voted overwhelmingly in favour of asking Stroud MP David Drew to lobby the Government for research into the carbon footprint of “smart” technology including 5G.
The Town Council earlier this year pledged to become completely carbon neutral by 2030 and to where possible encourage more sustainable transport, reduction in energy use, and the production and the consumption of locally-sourced food.
Councillors voted by a majority of 10 to 6 against a proposed motion, calling for the Town Council to “not support” to the roll-out of 5G.
Town Council Mayor Kevin Cranston and several of the Councillors reiterated to the packed meeting that the Town Council has no legal powers to grant or refuse consent for the roll-out.
Members of the audience called on the Town Council to fund independent scientific research into any health implications of 5G.
“We are a small town council and all our councillors are volunteers and we simply don’t have the resources or the legal authority to carry out such research or stop the roll-out of 5G,” said Mayor Cranston.
“We can lobby our local MP to question the Government about what level of energy will be needed to power this new technology that is now in every part of our lives. Climate change is the most critical environmental issue at this time and we must focus on what we can do at grassroots level.
“As a small council we do punch above our weight and have ambitious goals concerning the environment and the well-being of the town.
“But it is essential that we focus on those things that we can influence and change. For example we are about to become the first parish council in the UK to sign up to an ambitious new charter with a leading environmental charity.”