Developer buys church

PORTISHEAD’S United Reformed Church (URC) has been sold to a private developer.

The historic church in Woodhill Road fetched �220,000 at auction last month but no plans have yet been revealed for the future use of the building.

The stone lodge, a Grade II-listed former toll house adjacent to the church, was also sold at the auction for �123,000 to a local resident who wants to restore it and use it for personal use.

In addition, it is believed that pre-application planning enquiries have been made to North Somerset Council for the construction of four homes on the site of the nearby church hall, sold to a developer for �250,000 prior to auction.

The URC congregation moved out of the church in 2010 after rising maintenance costs proved unmanageable and are now holding their services at St Nicholas Church in Nore Road.

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Members of the church are currently campaigning to raise sufficient funds to re-roof it. They are asking members of the community to each buy a tile for �10. Payments can be made on weekday mornings via the church office at the St Barnabas Centre in West Hill.

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