2018 Conference reports – Parsonage Board

The Parsonage Board had four meetings during 2017. Mr Mike Lewis resigned as Chairman in February 2017 and the Board asked Mr Nigel Roberts to act as Interim Chairman, confirming his appointment as permanent during the course of the year.

Review of 2017:
Financial: The total income for the year for the Repairs Fund amounted to £607,182 which, after expenditure of £539,803, resulted in an increase in the balance at 31st December 2017 to £604,410.

Included in the year’s expenditure was the planned maintenance programme to carry out external decorations, clean gutters and down pipes, servicing septic tanks, servicing intruder alarms, the servicing of gas and oil appliances and the 5-yearly inspection of electrical installations, asbestos management and legionella reports. The installation of carbon monoxide detectors in every property continues within the agreed 4-year rolling programme.

For most of 2017 the Improvement Fund was in deficit. Interest was being charged by the Representative Body at a rate of 0. 5%. A planned programme of reduction by the sale of redundant vicarages was implemented and a surplus position of £985,172 recorded at 31st December 2017.

Improvement Schemes in progress and/or completed during the year: Saundersfoot, Milford Haven, Narberth, Llangadog, Ciliau Aeron, St Davids Project.

Included in the St Davids project was The Deanery, Archdeaconry and Brecon House where major refurbishment has been undertaken to maintain all properties to an acceptable standard.

New Vicarages in 2017: St Clears. During 2017 twelve properties were sold with several such as Saundersfoot and Llangadog attracting premium prices.

Looking Ahead to 2018: Llangunnor, Whitland, Pontgarreg, Wiston, Solva are anticipated to be sold in 2018:

The Board must also continue to manage external factors such as a challenging and variable property market within the diocese. The long process for prospective purchasers in obtaining confirmation of mortgage funding, delays completions. Negotiation of overage claims and compliance with Cadw recommendations are complex matters, which often arise during sale negotiations and also delay completions. Problems with titles of older properties also cause many legal hold ups and frustrated sales, together with the existence of restrictive covenants on vicarages which sometimes negates sales activity/offers.

The Board wishes to thank the Clergy for their patience and co-operation, whilst work is undertaken in their homes, together with the support given by Mr Richard Nicholls of the Representative Body and Mr Mike Scutt the Parsonage Inspector for his unstinting efforts in serving the Clergy & Board.