Wanna know which organisations have submitted a bid with CBC for the 25 year lease of Holy Trinity Church in the town centre?
COURSE you do.
Good news, etc.
The Chronic can exclusively reveal that the Council has received three formal bids:
Mid and North East Essex MIND
The Orthodox Parish of Saint Helen of Colchester and
Tom Wood, New Monasticism.
You may remember how the old church became vacant after the GO4 Cafe had to leave the Grade 1 listed building because of the ongoing cost.
Heating up a medieval structure doesn’t come cheap. CBC even advised bidders that the electricity bill could be as high as £600 during the winter months…
An open tender was launched back in October. Up for grabs was a 25 year lease with peppercorn rent.
Rates for mates, if you will.
The downside is that a considerable repair bill needs to be coughed up by whichever organisation gets the keys.
“The Church requires considerable investment.”
The Chronic can also flesh out a little more detail about the contents of each of the three bids:
“Name: Mid and North East Essex Mind
Proposed use: To develop the Church into a community hub in partnership with Colchester Borough Council. To become a building that is accessible to all groups in the neighbourhood. To provide a high quality centre with cost effective services in response to changing community needs.
Name: The Orthodox Parish of Saint Helen of Colchester
Proposed use: Predominantly a place of worship with regular community use.
Name: Tom Wood, New Monasticism
Proposed use: Drop in centre with volunteering opportunities around a café. Regular and special events.”
A decision on which organisation will take on the 25 year lease is expected to be made later this month.
Now then – who can tell us a little more in the comments below about New Monasticism please?