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House from hell? Hardly, says the Archdeacon

25 July 2007


From the Archdeacon of York
Sir, — It is disappointing that the Revd Derek Coombes (Letters, 13 July) has resorted to your columns to further express his dissatisfaction with his parsonage house.

We treat house-for-duty ministry very seriously, and recognise the importance of the accommodation to the success of such appointments.

Although Mr and Mrs Coombes made only one visit to the house before moving in, a thorough programme of remedial work and decoration was agreed with them.

The majority of these works were scheduled to precede Mr and Mrs Coombes’s arrival, and were completed on time; others depended on decisions that could be taken only once their furnishings were in situ. Minor outstanding “snagging” tasks have been completed since they arrived.

A number of additional items were found necessary or desirable to assist Mr and Mrs Coombes in settling in, and these have been undertaken as quickly as possible.

With the Diocesan Secretary, I visited Mr and Mrs Coombes in their vicarage within the past ten days [letter dated 17 July]. I do not recognise the house he has described in your columns, and the extremity of his complaints does scant justice to the considerable and continuing efforts made on his behalf by the Diocesan Surveyor.
Holy Trinity Rectory
Micklegate, York YO1 6LE

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