There has been much comment in the local press and social media recently about this proposed development of the Glebe land. As Yalding Church Preservation Society (YCPS) Trustees we wish to clarify our position with regard to this development.
The YCPS is an independent charitable trust with volunteer trustees who have no direct connection with the Church of England or the Church of St Peter & St Paul Yalding and may not even be regular churchgoers.
We were originally formed to raise emergency funds to repair the fabric of the church tower, since the cost of these repairs was likely to be a lot greater than could be raised from conventional sources of church funding.
Over the succeeding years we have helped to fund a whole range of projects to maintain the fabric and structure of the church. We regard the church as part of our local heritage and an important part of the village for all of us. This was illustrated in recent times when the church was used to support victims of flooding in 2013.
The church make requests to us through its Parochial Church Council (PCC) to fund projects and we look at each individual request as a body of independent trustees with different opinions and, subject to our constitution, decide accordingly as to whether we will provide the requested funds in full or in part or not at all.
We acknowledge that many local residents are extremely concerned about the impact the proposed glebe land development will have on the local community. The landowners, the Diocese of Rochester have been subject to criticism and anger from some residents over the impact this action will have on the village.
Some have directed this anger at the church in general rather than the Diocese. We wish, as YCPS Trustees, to assure village residents that the local church that we support has played no part in the sale of this land. We would sincerely hope, therefore, that the generosity villagers have shown to our objectives will in no way be affected by the planning proposal.
We shall remain vigorous in our fundraising to support St Peter and St Paul’s Church and very much hope our friends in the village and local area will as well.