The Committee appointed by the Archbishops’ Council to hear an objection to a Church Commissioners’ decision to move the residence of the Diocesan Bishop of Bath and Wells has upheld this objection from the Bishop’s Council. This means that the the exchange of residence from the Palace in Wells to The Old Rectory in Croscombe will not now go ahead.
The Committee, which met in Wells from 28-29 April, issued its ruling today, having considered the grounds of objection, and all relevant circumstances, to the Church Commissioners’ decision to move the residence.
“I was honoured to have the opportunity to give evidence as a witness on behalf of the Diocese of Bath and Wells and I’m absolutely delighted that the Archbishops Council has been just and fair and made a common sense decision which will be welcomed and supported by the whole of the Diocese.
The City of Wells will give a collective jump for joy and can’t wait to welcome the new Bishop, and his family to his house in the Palace!
A big thank you to Archbishops’ Council, The General Synod of the Church of England, The Diocese, The Palace Trust, our previous Bishop and his wife and everyone who signed our petition.”
The full determination with reasons can be found here: