St Martin's rectory future hangs in balance

Parishioners in St Martin are being asked to decide on the future of the rectory.

It has been empty since the retirement of the Reverend Laurence Turner as rector in 2010.

Now they have to choose between building a new one or repairing the existing building.

The parish has an interim rector but a permanent successor to Mr Turner cannot be appointed until a decision is taken over the future of the rectory.

Plans on hold

Refurbishing the present rectory could cost about £600,000, two thirds of which would need to be raised through fundraising. The parish reserve would account for the rest.

However if the existing rectory is sold along with an adjoining annexe and barn it could fetch £1.4m.

That would then fund the building of a new rectory in an neighbouring field.

Plans to appoint a new rector are on hold until the issue of their accommodation is resolved.

The issue will be debated at a future Parish Assembly.

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