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Churches and chapels in Wales face an uncertain future

24 February 2011

Today churches and chapels in Wales face an uncertain future, but their problem is not unique. Rising repair bills and dwindling heritage grants are threatening many of them across the UK. It seems that the generosity of worshipers (which has increased by around £100 million in the last 5 years) and grants is insufficient. For whatever reason, perhaps to maintain public relations, the church is reluctant to enforce any chancel repair rights it has.

Some are turning to innovative means to raise revenue and keep their doors open. We are seeing “green churches” appear as some are placing solar panels on their roofs and selling surplus electricity, others are installing telecoms masts. Will we see wind turbines next?

Are there options for even greater revenue where churches also continue to support their communities? For example, churches could provide services where cash strapped councils no longer can, and take the benefit of any revenue that may arise from the use of their assets in this way.

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