Commissioners stand by Wells Palace decision
AN ATTEMPT has been made by the Church Commissioners to close down the damaging controversy over the Bishop’s Palace in Wells, which has led to questions in General Synod, a lively public meeting in Wells and even to questions to the Prime Minister in the House of Commons.
In a statement after the Board of Governors’ meeting last week, the Commissioners restated their view that the ministry of the new Bishop should not be encumbered by being housed in a place with a high level of access by tourists.
The statement was issued after the Commissioners had had the opportunity to read the correspondence relating to the palace and to hear a report on the public meeting from Sir Tony Baldry MP.
The Commissioners acknowledged that their report had led to strong feelings but made reference to a statement of needs for the new Bishop of Bath and Wells, which recommended that ‘the bishop will need to develop a new, and less demanding, relationship with the Palace Trust, in order to be able to focus better on the life of the wider diocese.