In a twist of fate, the Dioceses of Shrewsbury which recently served a Chancel Repair Liability notice on private houses within a parish church boundary has found itself served the same notice from the victims of flooding, wind and noise nuisance from the local estate.
'It's a very complicated law, created by Henry VIII and amended by various statutes, local laws and a recent High Court ruling,' said one Bishop, 'but apparently the original documents have been found to have amendments written in crayon, saying that the liability is two-way. According to our legal experts, that's as legal as our original claim that householders in the vicinity of our churches should have to contribute to the cost of repairs to the church. To date we've fifteen claims for flooding, four for roof repairs due to wind damage and one for disturbed sleep due to bell ringing. Honestly we don't know where the money will come from, our insurers won't touch it as they class all of those as acts of God and the value of the parish church has dropped significantly since the documents come to light. I mean, who would want to buy a medieval church with responsibility to repair the local Barratt-built estate? We're launching a 'save your own roofs' fund in church next week, but as only three people attend and two live on the local estate I'm not expecting a great deal of support.'