Manchester chosen for buildings pilot
03 April 2018 IN: National News
A new scheme to help build a sustainable future for listed places of worship will be piloted in Manchester and Suffolk. Expert advisors will work with listed buildings used by all faiths and denominations to increase community engagement and vital heritage management skills.
The projects, expected to begin in the autumn, will receive a total of £1.8 million over the next two years. Eligible listed places of worship in the pilot areas will be able to access a £500,000 minor repairs fund.
The Taylor Review: Sustainability of English Churches and Cathedrals, which was published in December 2017, called for greater community use of Church of England buildings to help congregations raise income to pay for their upkeep. This new pilot extends this support to all faiths or denominations in order to help worshippers better care for and protect their listed buildings.
Fabric support officers will work within the two areas to provide high quality advice and develop maintenance and repair plans. These will ensure that routine repairs can be addressed immediately and prevent the development of more costly problems.
Community support advisors (who will be based in the dioceses of Manchester and St Edmundsbury and Ipswich) will work with the custodians of listed places of worship to identify and strengthen relationships within their local area and develop greater community partnerships.
Further details about the Pilot will become available over coming weeks.