BCP Council launches 'Call for Evidence on implementation of 5G connectivity in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole'

Posted on Tuesday 10th September 2019

A ‘Call for Evidence on the implementation of 5G connectivity in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’ has been launched today (Tuesday 10 September) by BCP Council.

In response to the recent interest shown by residents, businesses and community groups, BCP Council’s Overview & Scrutiny Board is undertaking a ‘Call for Evidence on the implementation of 5G connectivity in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’.

A call for evidence is a formal process enabling councillors to gather views on a matter which they may believe is important and consider whether further investigation is required into the topic. If further work is undertaken, it can lead to recommendations to positively shape future policy.

The purpose of the ‘Call for Evidence on the implementation of 5G connectivity in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’ is to determine:

  • What are the perceived benefits to the area as a result of the implementation of 5G?
  • What are the perceived concerns relating to the implementation of 5G?

Councillor Philip Broadhead, Chairman of the Overview & Scrutiny Board, BCP Council, said; “We understand residents, businesses and community groups have expressed mixed views in relation to the introduction of 5G connectivity in the area.

“This call for evidence will give those with an interest in this field a forum to bring evidence to the Council, where it will enable the Board to look in real detail at the balance between the perceived benefits and concerns relating to 5G connectivity. 

“The evidence gathered as part of this process will assist the Overview & Scrutiny Board in gaining a full understanding of the issues and public opinion relating to the roll-out of 5G connectivity. We strongly encourage anyone who has an interest in this issue to take part.”

Anyone wishing to take part in the Call for Evidence can do so in person at the next scheduled BCP Council Overview & Scrutiny Board meeting on 23 September.  Members of the public wishing to speak at the meeting are asked to submit their intention to do so in writing to 5GEvidence@bcpcouncil.gov.uk by 12 noon on Friday 20 September 2019.   

Alternatively, people can send written submissions by emailing 5GEvidence@bcpcouncil.gov.uk no later than Monday 7 October 2019.

All views submitted in verbal and written form will be gathered and provided as evidence to the Overview & Scrutiny Board at its meeting on 11 November 2019.

For further information on the Call for Evidence on implementation of 5G connectivity in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’ please visit: https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/Council-and-Democratic/Consultation-And-Research/Consultations/Call-for-evidence-5G.aspx