Are Utility Smart Meters A Health Hazard?

As Croydon Council rejects a new mobile phone mast in Norbury on planning grounds, concern grows as to the great increase in such masts and the potential health hazards of the radiation they emit.

There could be a considerable increase in radition as the government wants energy suppliers to install smart meters in every home in England, Wales and Scotland. There are more than 26 million homes for the energy suppliers to get to, with the goal of every home having a smart meter by 2020.

They will not be compulsory so people can choose not to have one.

The case the roll out can be read at

Thames Water is also planning to roll out smart meters across its water supply area.

Radiation concerns

Back in 2013 the Stop Smart Meters UK campaigners told a House of Commons Committee that there is evidence that the radiation emitted from electricity, gas and water smart meters could be 140 to 800 times higher than that from mobile phones. Utility companies want to install them by 2019.

For more detail see:

In March a presentation was made to the Wimbledon Community Forum which can be read at

Even techies concerned

In a US video a tech specialist points out that the small print on smart phones advises not to have them less than 1 inch near our bodies.

Three questions spring to mind:

  • Could some households have two smart meters if they are not on dual fuel?
  • Will the water smart meters be in the current water meter locations in pavements?
  • What will the cost be and will the installation programme be added to customers bills?


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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