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Church can protect glass with plastic

31 January 2014

sam atkins

Protection: Nick Teed, a senior conservator at the York Glaziers Trust, with new UV-resistant glass to be used as part of protective glazing for the great east window at York Minster, which is thought to be the first building in the world to use the new technique

Protection: Nick Teed, a senior conservator at the York Glaziers Trust, with new UV-resistant glass to be used as part of protective glazing for the...

A PRIEST and his congregation have been given permission to use polycarbonate screens to protect their Grade-II listed church's newly reglazed west window from vandals.

Prebendary Richard Grigson and the PCC of St Saviour's, in Smallthorne, Staffs, said that the existing mesh screens made people inside feel as if they were in prison, and instead opted for clear polycarbonate sheeting. The Lichfield Diocesan Advisory Committee objected, however, suggesting that the material was a fire hazard, could be a target for graffiti, and could cause condensation.

But a consistory court has ruled that polycarbonate can be installed. Chancellor Stephen Eyre, of the diocese of Lichfield, said: "The church is not unaware of the potential disadvantages of polycarbonate, but they have taken appropriate steps to minimise those disadvantages. They have balanced those disadvantages against the recognised disadvantage of the internal effect which the use of wire mesh can have.

"Having conducted that balancing exercise, they have decided the advantages of polycarbonate outweigh its potential disadvantages. That is a rational decision."

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