Church bid to in­stall 50” screens de­nied

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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

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