Cirencester Town Council votes to pass ownership of disused Stratton church to the district authority

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cirencester Town Council votes to pass ownership of disused Stratton church to the district authority Cirencester Town Council votes to pass ownership of disused Stratton church to the district authority

A STRATTON churchyard that has been closed for more than 120 years will now be officially maintained by Cotswold District Council, following a decision at a recent council meeting.

Members of Cirencester Town Council voted in favour of taking on responsibility of the graveyard at St Peter’s Church, which was last used in March 1888, after being served with a written notice from the local Parochial Council.

No sooner had the council taken responsibility; they had given it away again by issuing the same notice to the district authority.

Speaking at the meeting on Tuesday, February 4, Andrew Tubb, CTC’s chief executive, said it was in the council’s best interest to serve the notice.

“It is not the actual maintenance work that would cost us, it is the liability we would face should anything need repairing,” he said.

A document, which was given to members at the meeting, stated that any maintenance work required would fall outside of the town council’s current budget provision.

It read: “Whilst minimal, there would be an impact on personnel resources at a time when the town council is already providing enhanced service provision over and above its day to day service delivery and ongoing products.”

St Peter’s Church has approximately 40 gravestones in its grounds, along with a number of table-top style tombs.

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4:23pm Sun 16 Feb 14

David Broad says...

Unless things have changed radically since Chedworth Parish Council took on responsibility for the Chapel graveyard at Lower Chedworth I think your story is flawed.
I think the legislation refers to Graveyards not Buildings.
The Parish can decline to accept respoinsibility for a Church of England graveyard.by informing the PCC that they are abdicating respomsibility and the District Council is then obliged to acceot responsibility for the graveyard.
Unless things have changed or the detail is wrong Cirencester Town Council cannot now oblige Cotswold Distruct council to accept this liability.
In Chedworth's case we accepted the freehold of the graveyard as it was not a C of E graveyard, and reading between the lines in about 10 years the Parish Council can build houses on it if they want to, 50 years after the last burial.
Unless things have changed radically since Chedworth Parish Council took on responsibility for the Chapel graveyard at Lower Chedworth I think your story is flawed. I think the legislation refers to Graveyards not Buildings. The Parish can decline to accept respoinsibility for a Church of England graveyard.by informing the PCC that they are abdicating respomsibility and the District Council is then obliged to acceot responsibility for the graveyard. Unless things have changed or the detail is wrong Cirencester Town Council cannot now oblige Cotswold Distruct council to accept this liability. In Chedworth's case we accepted the freehold of the graveyard as it was not a C of E graveyard, and reading between the lines in about 10 years the Parish Council can build houses on it if they want to, 50 years after the last burial. David Broad
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