Better use of facilities

PUBLISHED: 13:26 01 March 2007 | UPDATED: 13:51 04 May 2010

I AM a newcomer to Soham and not aware of the historical background regarding the provision of the former church hall. I know it to be an eyesore and question whether it is better to invest in this site, to secure the long-term future of St Andrew s Churc

I AM a newcomer to Soham and not aware of the historical background regarding the provision of the former church hall. I know it to be an eyesore and question whether it is better to invest in this site, to secure the long-term future of St Andrew's Church that provides both an essential community facility and a focal point of our town.

I understand that some £300,000 is needed just to repair the church roof and consequently feel that the right decision has been made by the church. What should now be happening is for efforts to be made to ensure greater community use of the church and its facilities.

I don't think it is helpful to create a 'them and us' situation, especially the remark reported in your paper about "churches and townies".

This brought to mind the wonderful story of Clochmerle, which was set in rural France and involved the battle between the church and local council and their decision to construct a urinal outside the church.

The battles that followed, spilt the community and encouraged demonstrations, similar to those we are seeing in Soham.

From this might I suggest that perhaps the best solution will be to encourage the development of the church hall site but to include a urinal within it.

This could relieve the growing pressure that some people appear to be experiencing.

TERRY COLLIER

St Andrew's House

St Andrew's Park

Soham

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