Ecclesiastical Law Association

Ecclesiastical Law Association

Re St. James Kidbrooke [2016] ECC Swk 16

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There was an application to install telecomms equipment in the tower of the Grade II listed church. The party opponent claimed that the transmission of electronic data by telecomms aerials was generally a threat to health. She also said that she was personally hypersensitive to existing electro-magnetic fields. The Chancellor reiterated the basis of the Court of Arches decision in Re Bentley Emmanuel, Bentley [2006] that in the absence of compelling evidence of a real risk to human health as a result of transmitting radio waves up to the levels set by the United Kingdom Government in their adoption of the ICNIRP guidelines, it would be wrong for the consistory court to adopt more rigorous guidelines than those recommended by the government for application in a secular context. Faculty granted.

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