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Future leaseholder secured for Holy Trinity Church

Date issued: 22 January 2018

Following an invitation to submit Expressions of Interest regarding a lease for Holy Trinity Church, several very comprehensive applications were received from local groups and a decision panel, which included Cllr Mark Cory, Cllr Tina Bourne, Cllr Tim Young and various Council Officers, reviewed each of the applications in detail.

The panel reached a unanimous decision, to progress, subject to contract, negotiations for a lease on the building with Mid and North East Essex MIND. The MIND vision is to create a community hub, which will include a café that will support people into volunteering roles and employment skills whilst reducing social isolation for those with long term needs.

James McQuiggan, Chief Executive of MIND, said: "We are extremely pleased to have had our application accepted for the lease of the historic Holy Trinity Church in Colchester, with the intention of creating a successful community hub for those in need."

The Panel said: "We are delighted that we have found an organisation that shares our desire to bring this historic building back into use. Not only to safeguard its conservation and cultural heritage, but to open its doors to new uses and activities as a community space for years to come.

"The new lease ensures that the Holy Trinity Church, which is such a part of Colchester's heritage, remains an important part of our future."

Holy Trinity Church, in Trinity Street, is one of the oldest buildings in Colchester. Parts of the Saxon church date to c.1000 AD, with other features added in the 14th, 15th and 19th centuries. Its Grade 1 Listed status underlines its unique historical importance.

Colchester Borough Council will be working closely with MIND to try and bring the building back into use as soon as possible.