More than 910 signatures collected against the 5G antenna at the Saleggi

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There is a strong opposition to the planned Swisscom facility near a local kindergarten

More than 910 signatures collected against the 5G antenna at the Saleggi
More than 910 signatures collected against the antenna at the Saleggi - One of the antennas activated in Locarno in 2019. © CdT / Gabriele Putzu

More than 910 signatures collected against the 5G antenna at the Saleggi

More than 910 signatures collected against the antenna at the Saleggi - One of the antennas activated in Locarno in 2019. © CdT / Gabriele Putzu

More than 910 citizens have signed againast the construction of a new mobile telecommunication system on the roof of a building located about twenty meters from a kindergarten. City councillor Marko Antunovic (Verdi) was the first signatory which was also signed by the association of the Rusca-Saleggi district.

It started with a construction application submitted by Swisscom.

Unfortunately a clear description of what is being done has not been made transparent ‘It is disputed that there is a public interest in the construction of this antenna which, in addition to being in a very delicate place [...], would be the seventh in Locarno (if we do not consider the provisional one on the post. Confining itself to a public service mandated by the Confederation, Swisscom is not fulfilling its mandate by erecting a potentially enormous number of antennas, but is working for profit purposes. Doing so seriously undermines the precautionary principle, since the intervention does not respect the principle of proportionality. Electromagnetic pollution increases exponentially to the detriment of the population without being related to the proposed service. Swisscom must therefore await the final outcome of all appeal procedures concerning construction or upgrading applications relating to mobile telephony in Locarno before submitting any further ones.

Decisive action taking into consideration that the tenants of the building on which the antenna should be built would not have been informed, Antunovic finally comments: ‘The inhabitants of the neighborhood, with this strong and decisive action, have made it clear that the antennas are not accepted near the school or in a residential area’.

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