Cornwall

Fears St Paul's homeless refuge in Truro may be sold

Cornwall MP Sarah Newton has raised concerns in the House of Commons about the future of a Truro church hall.

St Paul's Church hall hosts a popular breakfast club for some of the area's homeless people.

Ms Newton said she was concerned that it may have to close as a result of the neighbouring church being sold.

Church Commissioner, Conservative MP Tony Baldry, said he would press the Diocese of Truro on the matter.

Ms Newton, Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth, said: "The church hall is a valuable community resource that is much appreciated by the homeless people of Truro, who receive a warm welcome and freshly cooked meals from the Truro Homeless Action Group."

Mr Baldry said: "I think that before any church or church building is declared redundant or sold every possible effort should be made to see that it is retained for community use.

"The commissioners are actively working to find a suitable new use for St Paul's Church."

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