Time to sell off church land?

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There was a frank exchange of views at a lively public meeting called to discuss proposals to sell off church land to finance an extension at St Hilda’s, Bilsborrow.

Some 50 people – church members and interested parties – attended the meeting. Views were wanted on church plans to sell off part of the church-owned field to build up to four homes, which would meet the £140,000 cost of removing the current old wooden Church Room and building an extension.

Chairman the Rector Rev Jeff Finch was supported by churchwardens Barry Johnson and David Tomlinson, who said an extension was needed to meet the current and future need for a built-on facility for church and community use, and the current room was no longer fit for purpose and a drain on church funds.

Bilsborrow Young Farmers and others voiced doubts and there were concerns about the effect on wildlife, increased traffic hazard and lack of visitor parking space in Church Lane. Parish councillor William Robinson said the community needed a “green centre” and this could set a precedent.