Com­mis­sion­ers stand by Wells Palace de­ci­sion

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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.

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