Church laws face the axe

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THREE historic laws put in place to allow money to be raised for two churches in the area could be repealed.

The Law Commission is looking at repealing 121 obsolete acts of parliament dating from 1536 to 1923.

Among them are three laws that were enacted to fund the maintenance and construction of St John in Portsea and Holy Trinity Church, in Trinity Green, Gosport.

The Law Commission notes that the Portsea Chapel Act 1787 and the Church of St John, Portsea Act 1865 are no longer needed as the church was destroyed by an enemy bomb in August 1940.

The commission is also inviting comments on its plan to repeal the Chapel of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Gosport Act 1825. It was set up to allow chapelwardens to levy pew rates to fund it.