A cell tower proposed to go up at Westhills Stadium aims to improve service in the surrounding area.
The topic was due to be discussed by Langford council on Monday (after the Gazette’s press deadline).
Brian Greggs of SitePath Consulting Ltd. has applied on behalf of Telus to allow for the installation of a telecommunications facility to be located on the north side of the stadium, even with the centre field line along Langford Parkway.
Plans include a 45-metre tall monopole structure and radiocommunications equipment to be housed within a compound at the base of the tower or in cabinets nearby.
If built, the tower will provide improved wireless service to the surrounding area and add capacity to the network, which is increasingly becoming congested, according to a report by city staff.
In the report, staff note “current biomedical studies in Canada and in other countries indicate that there is no scientific or medical evidence that a person will experience adverse health effects from exposure to radio frequency fields, provided that the installation abides by Safety Code 6.”
Health Canada establishes these health and safety guidelines as well as regulating tower siting decisions and settles disputes.
A public information session was hosted on Dec. 7, 2020.
At Monday’s meeting, Langford council had options with regards to the proposal, including confirming the applicant followed the public notification process, or requiring that more be done to adhere to that city policy.
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