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Town council decides to keep church lights switched on

PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 August 2015

St Nicholas Church at Uphill.

St Nicholas Church at Uphill.

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A GRADE-II listed church is likely to remain lit at night for the foreseeable future after a town council agreed to pay the electricity bills.

The partially-ruined St Nicholas Church, based on the hill at Uphill, costs North Somerset Council £330 a year to light up at night.

At the end of last year, it decided to withdraw funding to save taxpayers’ money.

But Uphill Village Society chairman Stewart Castle said turning the church lights off would be like ‘turning all the lights off in Uphill’.

Weston Town Council’s community services committee has decided to keep the lights switched on.

Because the money for the lights is not included in the committee’s budget, the final decision will be made by the policy and finance committee on Monday.

Town council clerk Malcolm Nicholson said: “It is a landmark site, important to Uphill and further afield.

“I put it to the council as it is an historic building without a congregation, and they decided to ensure the lights stay on long term.”

St Nicholas Church is maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust and the district council will stop paying for the lights in 2016.

North Somerset Council also wrote to Weston’s Church in Montpelier and Holy Trinity Church in South Road to say it would stop paying their electricity bills.

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