Church hoping to avoid holy row over phone mast

nlnews@archant.co.uk

23 August 2006

Father Pearson with the church tower in the background, where the phone mast will be installed Picture: Tony Gay

A HISTORIC church could be used to house a mobile phone mast if planners get their way.

Mobile network operator Vodaphone is hoping to get public backing to install a mast inside the tower of the Grade II* listed Church of All Hallows, in Church Lane, Tottenham.

Now the church's parochial church council is appealing for public feedback to the proposal from Vodaphone's agent QS4 Ltd, the approved installer of telecommunications equipment for the Church of England.

Father Roy Pearson, 71, pastor of the church, said his congregation had no objections.

He said: "We are all in support of it. We need a lot of work done on the church, and this will help enormously.

"It is a listed building and we have had no help from anywhere to keep it in good order, and we have just got to do it ourselves.

"The floor needs some attention, and the gutters all round the church are in a very bad state, and that is a major task and is urgent."

He added: "This is being done through the Archbishop's Council, and it's all done very, very carefully and takes account of everybody's feelings.

"All the schools have been consulted and they have not even replied, and this was well before the term ended. They have no concerns at all."

QS4 Ltd says that no part of the church, which has stood on the site in various forms since the 14th century, will be visually affected by the mast.

The eight-bell peal, now used just for weddings and other special occasions, will also be unaffected.

The building is rated by English Heritage as among the top six per cent of most important buildings in the country.

People are invited to send their comments, with reference number A06535, by September 14 to john.horsley@qs4.com or by post to John Horsley, QS4 Ltd, Cody Technology Park, Ively Road, Farnborough, Hants, GU14 0LX.

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