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St Hilda's Church in Bilsborrow
St Hilda's Church in Bilsborrow
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A church could be forced to sell off land for houses in order to fund redevelopment.

Members of St Hilda’s Parochial Church Council (PCC) in Bilsborrow have already got planner’s go-ahead for an extension at the north western end of the church in Bilsborrow Lane, but cannot proceed.

They need £140,000 for the work, which will see a new kitchen and space for community and church events.

Church member John Bird said: “The old wooden hutted church room in Church Lane has served this purpose for many years but is well past its sell-by date and considered no longer fit for purpose and will be dismantled.

“All these important developments for the church’s future will cost a good deal of money. Although grant donations may be available, in the foreseeable financial climate ahead the PCC will need to raise considerable funds from every possible source.”

Last week the PCC agreed to agreed to apply for planning permission for up to four houses on the church land adjacent to the Vicarage.

Before submitting such plans, a public meeting will be held at St. Hilda’s at 7.30pm on Wednesday, February 12.