Church of England schism fear over mobile phone masts
Not an ecumenical matter
Mobile masts have joined gay priests and female ordination on the list of issues the Church of England would prefer not to have to deal with.
The potential schism was revealed on Tuesday in Parliament, when Sir Stuart Bell was asked if the Church Commissioners had any policy on the fitting of radio masts, and admitted that it was a parochial matter.
Standard leases are, apparently, available for operators wishing to deploy masts on land owned by the Commission. But anyone wanting to stick a mast in a church tower will need to negotiate permission with the local church council, so in common with much of the Church of England, no standard response exists.
Just as some churches happily accept the sacraments from a women priest, while others deny the existence of such a creature, so some churches will happily see their spires turned into electromagnetic radiators, while the rest see it only as a conduit of mammon with no place in a church.
Guildford cathedral, famously, falls into the former camp - having had its angel re-gilded to avoid interfering with the telephone mast on which it now sits.
Is that a radio mast I see up your jacksie?
Network operators are increasingly desperate for locations to put their masts, a problem that’s only going to increase with greater use of mobile broadband. Just last week your reporter noticed two stench pipes - sewer chimneys that look like lampposts without lamps - which had been hastily converted into mobile-phone masts. It brings a whole new meaning to the term "gutter talk". ®
A church on a hill with a good view over London has a TETRA mast cunningly disguised as a flagpole.
And in Royston (Hertfordshire) next to the Chequers pub there's a local mini-mast masquerading as a conventional telegraph pole, complete with the traditional trianglular footsteps near the top. The giveaway is that there's no telephone wires going to it, and a small yellow RF radiation label at eye-height. I'm aware of another example of the same guise in Trumpington nr Cambridge.
@ Anonymous Coward Posted Friday 19th June 2009 10:50 GMT
Actually the signs at petrol stations tell you not to use your phone not to switch it off... and the reason isn't the "radiation" its 2 fold...
in thory pressing buttons can generate a spark which can ignite the fuel (personally I doubt that this is a real issue) and the second is that if you are arsing around speaking on your phone you might not notice that lorry pulling out from the diesel pump and get your ass flattened.
At least thats what I was told when getting training at shell many years ago.
How about we combine it all so its an All-in-One Religious symbol:
Angel with the halo designed to work as a wind turbine, the wings can be the solar panels, the CO2 detector can be its knob, the mast still remains in the jacksie and the camera can be the eyes....with alittle bit of automation in there so the head can turn and follow whoever :)