Adrian Short

Councils can't ban 5G mobile networks

Totnes and other councils have declared "moratoriums" on 5G installations but they have no legal powers to stop them.

October 2019

BT must withdraw all InLink kiosk permitted development planning applications

The High Court has ruled that multi-use "phoneboxes" need full planning permission not just permitted development applications.

February 2019

Police object to new Google InLink kiosks over drug deal phone calls

Police in London don't want any more InLink kiosks until the company gets a grip on drug-dealing calls. Councils can't take that into account for now but they can refuse these planning applications anyway.

January 2019

MHCLG phoneboxes permitted development consultation response

Central government for England is proposing to make it harder to get planning permission for new phoneboxes. I'm supporting that.

January 2019

Police facial recognition privatises public space

Police in London are using facial recognition cameras on Christmas shoppers. How does this change the way public space is experienced and regulated?

December 2018

"Unable to move even a single step": Mechanism, policy and practice in the disciplinary smart city

November 2018

Activity feeds for planning applications software

June 2018

InLinkUK is dodging full planning permission in Kingston

The surveillance kiosk company has applied for full planning permission everywhere else. So why not in Kingston?

June 2018

Is Intersection part of Google?

The lead company behind the new BT InLinkUK kiosks is keen to distance itself from Google. But what's the real connection between them and the internet giant?

April 2018

Why must Sutton Council's bin software fail when Veolia's servers are busy?

March 2018