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An official Church of England committee is meeting at the Bishop's Palace in Wells today to hear objections about plans to move the Bishop to a new residence in Croscombe.
The Church Commissioners had decided it would be more cost-effective to rehouse the Bishop away from the ancient palace. But the decision's unpopular with traditionalists and today's committee could block the move if it finds their objections are valid
The Board of Governors of the Church Commissioners has given its backing to plans by the Bishop of Bath and Wells to move out of the Bishops Palace and into a temporary residence.
It comes despite opposition which saw a protest petition from Wells MP Tessa Munt presented to the General Synod earlier this month.
The Commissioners said "the ministry of the new Bishop should not be encumbered or restricted by being housed in a place with a high level of public access."
Wells MP Tessa Munt has handed onver a petition of more than 2,000 names to the General Synod in protest at the Church Commissioners’ plan to prevent the new Bishop of Bath and Wells from living in the flat in the Bishop’s Palace.
A senior official of the Church of England has today criticised plans to move the Bishop of Bath and Wells out of his historic Palace and into a former rectory several miles away.
The move could cost £900,000 and the Bishop's Chaplain said today that local objections "had not been listened to"
The plan has set two branches of the Church against each other. as Bob Constantine reports
Wells MP Tessa Munt has described as "crackers" plans to move the Bishop of Bath and Wells out of his palace and buy another house nearby.
The Church Commissioners say the Palace, next to the cathedral, is no longer "sustainable" nor sufficiently private. It's believed they are considering buying the former rectory at Croscombe, which is on the market for almost nine hundred thousand pounds.
Local MPs met officials today to query the cost of the move.