Ilminster Methodist Church revamp "win,win situation", says owner

Ilminster Methodist Church revamp

Ilminster Methodist Church revamp "win,win situation", says owner

First published in Ilminster Chard & Ilminster News: Photograph of the Author by

THE owner of an iconic Ilminster church said its transformation into accommodation for adults with learning disabilities would be a “win-win situation” if plans are approved.

Ilminster Methodist Church, off West Street, has been closed since 2005 due to high maintenance costs and a dwindling congregation.

Chris Baranowski, on behalf of Mr Doake, has applied to South Somerset District Council to convert the Grade II listed building into 12 rooms.

Mr Doake said the idea came about because of his God son, who suffers from a learning disability.

He said: “It is a win-win situation and Ilminster is the kind of place they [adults with learning disabilities] want to be.

“I know one family who send their child to Salisbury. Ilminster is a nice place, not too intimidating like Taunton and Yeovil.”

The church dates back to 1887 and the plans are for six two-bedroom and six one-bedroom units over two floors.

Cllr Andrew Shearman, who chairs Ilminster Town Council’s planning committee, said it recommended the plans are approved.

He added: “Councillors felt as long as the fabric of the building was not going to be damaged then the plans were for the good of the community.”

Planners at South Somerset District Council will decide the future of the church and developer Mr Baranowski said he expects a decision by early July.

He said: “Any scheme that preserves the building in tact is worth looking at – it is important the building is kept for Ilminster because it has an important contribution to the town.

“The best use of the building is as a church but that is not possible and it needs a lot of money spent on it to bring it back to life.”

County councillor Linda Vijeh, whose role includes work with disabled adults, said the building had an important presence in Ilminster.

She added: “This will help to preserve the building within its historical context and will also provide a much needed, economically viable and sustainable solution.

“It provides a link to people’s collective past and helps to maintain local pride in the area.”

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2:19pm Thu 22 May 14

QuillPen says...

Excellent idea. Can't say more than that!
Excellent idea. Can't say more than that! QuillPen
  • Score: -2

8:04pm Sat 24 May 14

QuillPen says...

Why the negative score?
Why not a comment?
What is the objection?
Come out and tell us, otherwise a thumbs down means nothing.
I would genuinely like to know why anyone could object. What's the reasoning behind the views?

Not that I expect a reply.
Why the negative score? Why not a comment? What is the objection? Come out and tell us, otherwise a thumbs down means nothing. I would genuinely like to know why anyone could object. What's the reasoning behind the views? Not that I expect a reply. QuillPen
  • Score: 1

6:22pm Sun 25 May 14

MrWendall says...

I can think of several reasons for a negative score (Nb I didn't vote you up or down)

1. Accidental click by a user.

2. Someone who doesn't think it is excellent but has nothing to actually say.

3. Someone with a personal vendetta against your posts.

4. Someone who is anti social and just downvotes every post

5. A bot that randomly up or downvotes every post. Useful for spammers gaining credibility

6. (Most likely reason IMHO) Your initial comment added nothing to the article or conversation. After scrolling down and reading it, I have no further insight to the story. You could have said just as much by not posting at all.
I can think of several reasons for a negative score (Nb I didn't vote you up or down) 1. Accidental click by a user. 2. Someone who doesn't think it is excellent but has nothing to actually say. 3. Someone with a personal vendetta against your posts. 4. Someone who is anti social and just downvotes every post 5. A bot that randomly up or downvotes every post. Useful for spammers gaining credibility 6. (Most likely reason IMHO) Your initial comment added nothing to the article or conversation. After scrolling down and reading it, I have no further insight to the story. You could have said just as much by not posting at all. MrWendall
  • Score: 3

6:44pm Sun 25 May 14

QuillPen says...

There was nothing more to say other than it's an excellent idea. I was expressing my support for it. I felt there was no need for anything else.

I'm not a journalist adding to the story.
There was nothing more to say other than it's an excellent idea. I was expressing my support for it. I felt there was no need for anything else. I'm not a journalist adding to the story. QuillPen
  • Score: 0

10:41am Mon 26 May 14

MrWendall says...

QuillPen - that's fine and I see no problem with expressing support or not - but a large number of people on the Internet like a high ratio of information to volume of content (what they're doing on C&I I'm not so sure...), so they will down vote anything they see as "fluff" or not adding to the discussion.

Perhaps explaining why you think it's a good idea, or if there is anything you know about it not covered in the article, or it's a good idea except for concerns xyz?

Carry on but don't be surprised if you continue to receive mixed votes for short opinion pieces online - just don't take it personally and remember it doesn't necessarily mean people agree/disagree with your message.
QuillPen - that's fine and I see no problem with expressing support or not - but a large number of people on the Internet like a high ratio of information to volume of content (what they're doing on C&I I'm not so sure...), so they will down vote anything they see as "fluff" or not adding to the discussion. Perhaps explaining why you think it's a good idea, or if there is anything you know about it not covered in the article, or it's a good idea except for concerns xyz? Carry on but don't be surprised if you continue to receive mixed votes for short opinion pieces online - just don't take it personally and remember it doesn't necessarily mean people agree/disagree with your message. MrWendall
  • Score: 3

4:06pm Mon 26 May 14

QuillPen says...

Ok then.

People with learning difficulties should have the same opportunities as everyone else. Supported housing is great for them, to be as independent as they can possibly be but with help as and when needed. Ilminster is a wonderful town for them as is shown by the excellent organisation Sweet Surprise and the relationship it and its students have with local shops and businesses. The students there flourish and develop their skills. More housing for them and others can be nothing but good.

Should anyone have other views, I would be interested to hear them..
Ok then. People with learning difficulties should have the same opportunities as everyone else. Supported housing is great for them, to be as independent as they can possibly be but with help as and when needed. Ilminster is a wonderful town for them as is shown by the excellent organisation Sweet Surprise and the relationship it and its students have with local shops and businesses. The students there flourish and develop their skills. More housing for them and others can be nothing but good. Should anyone have other views, I would be interested to hear them.. QuillPen
  • Score: 1

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