Church bid to install 50” screens denied
A BID to have 50-inch TV screens installed in a historic Chester-le-Street church have been rejected.
The Rector at St Mary and St Cuthbert’s Church wanted to fit four screens to the medieval pillars in the Grade I listed building.
In a statement to the Church of England’s Consistory Court, which is responsible for approving applications, it said there was a need to “reach the marginalised and the unchurched” and there’s a desire to be “more attractive” to younger families. It also said the one screen currently used is inadequate because it can’t be seen by everyone.
But the proposal received objections from Historic England (HE), Chester-le-Street Heritage Group and a number of residents.
HE raised concerns that installing the screens would have an impact on the church’s “powerful solemnity and special atmosphere”.
The Church of England’s Consistory Court , which is responsible for approving applications, has ruled against the proposal.
St Mary and St Cuthbert’s Church, Chester-le-Street