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“Eyesore” church

Guyhirn Church with  Brian Payne Chairman and Barry Britain Vice Chairman of the parish councillors outside the church following concerns for its state of decay

Guyhirn Church with Brian Payne Chairman and Barry Britain Vice Chairman of the parish councillors outside the church following concerns for its state of decay

Wisbech St Mary Parish Council has slammed the Diocese of Ely for failing to maintain the disused church in Guyhirn.

The large parish church on High Road is becoming more derelict by the day and the vegetation in the churchyard is getting out of control.

Parish council chairman Brian Payne said: “We feel the Diocese has let the village down. It is an eyesore. I have never seen it as bad as this.”

The Diocese took over responsibility of the church once it ceased operation in 2004 and a meeting determined that the village wished the church building to remain.

However, Mr Payne claims the Diocese has failed to maintain the building and land, which are up for sale.

A spokesperson for the Diocese of Ely said: “The Church and the Diocese takes its responsibility for the care and maintenance of its buildings and land very seriously.

“Guyhirn has been a closed church for some time and the Diocese and the Church Commissioners are actively pursuing options for selling the building. Any outstanding and emergency maintenance due to local vandalism will be pursued immediately.”

Councillors also believe the asking price of £235,000 is too much, particularly considering the work that needs to be carried out to stabilise the building.

 

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