|See also CEL's August 2002 briefing note on Health Risks and Mobile Phone Masts in Church Spires and Towers|
CHRISTIAN ECOLOGY LINK - PRESS RELEASE
16 Jan 01
MOBILE PHONE MASTS IN CHURCHES
CEL URGES CAUTION
AND CALLS FOR MORE RESEARCH
Church of England proposals to use space in churches spires to house telecommunications masts should be treated with great caution by parishes, Christian Ecology Link said today. The comments were made in response to a consultation exercise in which the Archbishop's Council is offering local churches the opportunity to gain 'preferred status' in a bidding process. Parishes have been asked to express interest by the end of January.
Tim Cooper, Chairman of Christian Ecology Link (CEL), Britain`s leading church–based environmental charity, said:
"Parishes must recognise that there is considerable moral responsibility on those who receive payment for siting masts on the premises. Particular attention must be given to the elderly,who are most vunerable to health threats and less able to defend their interests."
"Churches should be informed about a full range of sources of information. The limited consultation process to date is regrettable. English Heritage has been contacted, but Christian organisations with environmental or medical expertise should also have been contacted."
"The Archbishop`s Council should reveal the cost of the telocommunications working party and the current consultation exercise. Our members are taking a particular interest because of the Church`s refusal to appoint a full time Enviromental Officer."