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star this property date less than 2015-05-28more like thismore than 2015-05-28
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Church Commissioners more like this
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unstar this property answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property hansard heading Churches: Bats more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what discussions the Church Commissioners have had with the Department for Communities and Local Government on changes to planning regulations that could increase the supply of places suitable for bat roosts and reduce the incidence of bats roosting in churches. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North Herefordshire more like this
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Bill Wiggin more like this
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star this property date of answer remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2015-06-02
star this property answer text <p>Following the General Election the Church Commissioners plan to seek an early meeting with the Department for Communities and Local Government regarding changing the regulations on bat roosts. In recent years the Church of England has seen increased numbers of bats using church buildings as roosts. This increased usage of our church buildings by bats for roosting is causing considerable strain on the parish communities and volunteers who maintain the parish churches alongside the great expense in cleaning and restoration of items of great religious, cultural and historic significance. In extreme cases the presence of bats is preventing the building being used for worship or by its wider community.</p><p>The Church of England is working alongside Natural England on a substantial Heritage Lottery Fund bid which will seek to provide physical and long lasting solutions for the worst affected churches and create a wider support network for those with smaller or transient bat populations. Both St . Margaret of Antioch, Wellington and St Mary’s Church, Pembridge in my Hon Friend’s constituency have faced significant problems with bat populations. Both churches are part of the Heritage Lottery Fund bid and have already installed mitigation measures. We hope the bid for support will be successful and that this might then be able to bring some relief to churches across the country.</p>
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star this property answering member printed Mrs Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2015-06-02T10:42:20.937Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-02T10:42:20.937Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Bill Wiggin more like this