TWO precious assets are set to be returned to the Wells community - Bishop’s Barn and Recreation Ground.

Mendip District Council (MDC) reconfirmed its offer to return the assets to the people of Wells at a meeting with the city’s newly-appointed mayor, Cllr Philip Welch.

Leader of MDC, Cllr Ros Wyke, said: “This council likes to see local communities shape their own future and make use of key community assets.

“That’s why we are delighted to be working with the new mayor in Wells on this exciting offer. We have discussed options and anticipate these much-loved facilities will be successfully handed back soon.

“Local people will make this terrific historic building, and its surroundings work for them. We know this is what Wells wants, and with suitable governance assurances in place, we expect to move forward quickly.”

Cllr Welch thanked Mendip for their friendly and constructive approach to the talks.

“After more than 45 years returning control of the Recreation Ground and Bishop’s Barn to Wells is in sight,” he said.

“In late Victorian times the Bishop of Bath and Wells gave both assets to the people of Wells for their enjoyment and recreation under the direction of the city’s aldermen.

“Then in 1974, under a local government reorganisation, the newly-created MDC was handed control of the Wells Recreation Ground and Bishop’s Barn and became the sole trustee when the Wells Recreation Ground charity was formed in 1982.”