Technology has introduced many things in our lifetimes. We have become ever more connected, and now 5G is here to strengthen that connection. However, some people are not happy about it as they believe that there may be health concerns related to 5G. So, when technicians were sent into a UK neighborhood to dig holes for a 5G tower, one mother was not impressed. She quite literally put a stop to the digging by parking her car across the sidewalk where they were working. She was later named the neighborhood hero for her successful protest.
Mother – 1 and 5G – 0?
44-year-old Jodie Whitworth is currently on maternity leave. She works a finance job, and she claims she generally doesn’t cause any trouble in society. However, one day, her neighbor knocked on her door to deliver some news that infuriated her. A 5G tower was scheduled to be installed on the pavement outside her home in Southampton, UK.Â “One of our neighbors knocked on our door on Wednesday and told us that they’re putting up the mast,”Â said Jodie, who was interviewed by theÂ Daily Echo.Â “We spoke to the workers and they told us that they were going to start digging.“
Jodie and a bunch of her neighbors were not happy about the placement of the 5G tower. According to the reports, the contractors submitted the plans for the tower to the city council. But, the plans were not approved because they would take up too much space on the sidewalk. It would block the way for wheelchairs and electric buggies. Not only that, but dog walkers, mothers with strollers, joggers, and more.
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‘Something had to be done’
The angry mother, backed up by her army of neighbors, knew they had to do something to stop the tower from being installed. “My fiancĂ© told me to take our little car and put it where they were going to dig a hole,”Â said Jodie. “Although, I think he meant on the road, not on the pavement.”Â She followed her fiance’s instructions quite literally. In other words, she drove right up onto the pavement where the contractors intended to dig the holes for the tower.
In October last year, the neighbors had explicitly expressed their grievances over the plans for the 5G tower. So, the council did not approve the construction. Although, the resident of Raymond Road in Southampton were not informed. So, Jodie decided to call them up to get some answers. She said, âI rang the council planning department and asked them to say ‘yes or no on whether aÂ 5GÂ mast would be put up on the pavement but all they said was they would pass that on. I donât know what else to do, Iâm not a troublemaker but itâs frustrating.”
Jodie explained that they are angry because the contractors are going ahead with their plan, even though they weren’t approved by the council. âFor us,”Â she said on behalf of her neighbors. “Itâs about all the sneakiness that is going on, we objected to the plans and theyâre still going ahead.â
“They’ve got the money“
Jodie said she managed to chat with the workers who were waiting to start digging holes. She said,Â âI spoke to the workers and itâs what they said – the guys at the top, they have got the money, itâll happen whatever I do. How on earth is that fair? And what is the council doing? Theyâre being overridden.â