Ownership could not be given away

June 29 2021

I AM writing to draw attention to a misleading statement in Wells Voice for June.

In your article ‘Public meeting about barn, in Barn’ you state: “The Bishop’s Barn and Recreation Ground were given to the people of Wells… by the Bishop of Bath and Wells. They were transferred to Mendip in 1974.”

Any suggestion that this invaluable community resource could be given away is quite wrong as the then Bishop gave it to the people “in perpetuity”.

What was transferred in 1974 and is being returned to the city council is the care and administration of Barn and Ground, not its ownership.

Arthur Billington
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