The CAVI Society
Children As Victims Enquiry
Children Against Vested Interests
Citizens As Victims
The CAVI Society was set up on 13th December 2006 by two trustees who had shared concerns about
electro-magnetic radiation over a six year period from 2000, after establishing a local campaign group in
Dorridge, Solihull in May 2000. A month after this group's first meeting the long-awaited Stewart Report was
published in June 2000, which among other things stated that mobile telephone masts should not be situated in
residential areas, as a precautionary principle. Upon its publication, the government said that it was "minded"
to implement its recommendations. Eight years on, some people are wondering what has become of the
precautionary principle as more and more powerful mobile telephones masts are erected nearer and nearer to
We have been told that at any one time there are often as many as 1000 groups campaigning against the
erection of masts near their homes, yet to our knowledge, so far, three attempts by members of parliament to
get a Private Members Bill through to second reading have failed miserably. The members of parliament who have
introduced these bills want what has become a blatantly obvious need - tighter planning control. This is not
going to happen in the totally inadequate 'private members Bill' system, where the bill is heard (if at all) on
a Friday morning when most members have already retired to their constituencies. Although The Local Government
Ombudsman's "Special Report- Telecommunication masts: problems with 'prior approval' applications" of June 2007
) goes a long way to redress some of the problems of
maladministration committed by errant Councils, we are concerned that the Ombudsman system may not be able to
react with sufficient expediency, or force, for example, to the report brought out by an international group of
scientists on August 31st. 2007 (see www.bioinitiative.org
reviewed more that 2000 studies and concluded that the existing ICNIRP public safety limits on emissions levels
are "inadequate to protect public health". One may well now wonder what had become of the precautionary
principle, and how both the Telecom companies, local councils and the executive arm of the government, The
Planning Inspectorate, can continue to affirm that as long as ICNIRP guidelines are adhered to then there
should be no further need to consider health issues.
The CAVI Society has raised this issue with the Local Government Ombudsman as part of a complaint which it has
submitted with regard to maladministration by Solihull Council and is intending to raise the same concern with
The Planning Inspectorate in Bristol. We are also concerned that under the Newport Judgement of 2000 perception
of health risks are allowed to be considered as a material planning consideration, yet if a mast is erected as
a result of maladministration then residents lose the benefit of The Newport Judgement, which surely
constitutes for them a great injustice. We have asked our legal team to look at the consequences of this
anomaly. Raising awareness of these issues is some of the present work being undertaken by us. We have also
sent in submissions to The Church of England's Children's Society's Good Childhood Enquiry and sent a copy to
The Children's Commissioner for England.
We try to support parents who are campaigning against masts which are likely to be erected in close proximity
to children's schools or nurseries-andthe publication of The BioINitiative Report has lent an urgency to our
work.We also work with advising parents as to how to make the home environment safer by pulling out cordless
phone systems and either returning to a landline system or installing a safer cordless phone system that does
not emit microwave radiation 24/7. (For info. on such a system please see www.lowradiation.co.uk
). We have discovered for ourselves, and have
also been made further aware, of the fact that as more and more people are converting lofts in their homes,
rather than move house, that more and more children (and adults) are sleeping within what may be a main beam
from a mast whose signals were designed to pass over the roofs of two-storey houses. Many people are therefore
putting themselves and their children at greater risk than they may sometimes realise from converting lofts
without due awareness and consideration of this issue. No loft conversion where people are going to sleep
should be undertaken without a proper analysis of any possible incoming radiation and how best to incorporate
radiation-reducing materials into the conversion process. In some cases it may be decided not to proceed with
such a conversion.
The CAVI launch:
1. Most of you who have perhaps been watching this website will now realise that we have had to postpone our
launch-possibly until well into 2009. We had envisaged that the Ombudsman's report re Solihull Council would
have been issued by September/October and that we could have proceeded with arrangements for the launch. We did
not wish, and still do not wish, for the one to run into the other. The Ombudsman's investigation matters a
great deal and repercussions and developments may go on for some time yet. It must therefore take as long as it
takes- please bear with us. What matters most to CAVI is that we are able to demonstrate at all times that we
are doing our best to meet the commitment given in our mission statement.
2. A sign of hope.
Powerwatch emailed us on 23/ 09/ 08 to tell us that the European Parliament have recommended stricter limits
for cell-phones -they voted 522 to 16. The statement from the Parliament reads: "The limits on exposure to
electromagnetic fields (EMFs) which have been set for the general public are obsolete." Please see
for full details.
3. The European Parliament has also responded to the Bio-Initiatve Report of August 2007:
The European Parliament "is greatly concerned at the Bio-Initiative international report concernings EMFs,
which summarises over 1500 studies on that topic and which points in its conclusions to the health risks posed
by emissions from mobile-telephony devices such as mobile telephones, UMTS, WiFI, Wimax and Bluetooth, and also
DECT landline telephones."
CAVI's response to this is now to try to engage with our MEPS and particularly with those engaged in the
European Cancer Patient Coalition and MEPs Against Cancer.The question of the validity of the ICNIRP guidelines
on emissions levels has always been with us and now it has assumed paramount importance.
Our work has a far more pressing urgency than the average man-in-the- street realises. This is a battle to keep
the nation's children safe, and to try to give them a future worth growing up for- where risks to their health,
well-being, their future fertility and right to have their own children and live in a safe environment are
seriously being eroded on a day to day basis, under the name of "progress".
For serious questions of a technical nature we refer you to the excellent website of www.powerwatch.org.uk
, which is updated on a regular basis. Powerwatchwas
set up by Alasdair and Jean Philips who have been researching the health effects of electromagnetic fields for
some twenty years. Monitors to test these fields can be either hired or bought, and information on how to make
your home a safer place for your children and yourselves by the installation of radiation-reducing materials is
readily available from their sister organisation www.emfields.org
who seriously wishes to study this subject and get on a learning curve should visit the powerwatch website or
telephoneEmfields on 01353 778814.
Another excellent organisation also giving out a wealth of information but with a particular emphasis on
electrosensivity ( a rapidly growing disability) isElectroSensivity-UK.They can be contacted on0845 643 9748on
weekday mornings or visit their website www.es-uk.info
CAVI is indebted to Powerwatch and ES-UK for the invaluable help and guidance which they have given and are
still continuing to give us.