DAC

Changes to DAC working practices are outlined below. The team are working hard to maintain an effective and efficient DAC service, and currently the whole team are able to work.

  • 14 May: DAC have received a number of questions concerning allowing building and conservation contractors back on site. The government published guidance on 11 May that ‘construction work can be undertaken across England providing sites are able to operate safely in line with the new COVID-19 Secure guidelines’. Should the PCC, contractor and insurers be content, and if social distancing can be ensured, contractors are therefore able to return to site.
  • 14 May: Historic Religious Buildings Alliance. HRBA has collated up to date advice especially relevant to historic places of worship.
  • The DAC team are working remotely, direct-dial landline numbers will divert to them
  • We are trying to prepare parishes for how to look after their building during this time of closure, including remaining vigilant to lead theft.
  • All site visits are cancelled.
  • Parishes will be encouraged to send the DAC team videos to explain the site or problem, as long as creating that video does not require travel to the church during the lock-down period.
  • The DAC team will organise telephone surgeries for parishes who need in-depth assistance.
  • Delegation visits will not be able to go ahead, this may cause delays to some schemes.
  • Training day content for parishes and Quinquennial Inspectors will move online, information to follow.
  • In the case of an emergency please contact Senior Church Buildings Officer, Liz Kitch on 01865 208229 or liz.kitch@oxford.anglican.org

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Latest news from the DAC

  • DAC and buildings guidance – 6 April
    How the DAC’s work, and the processing of applications, is adapting to the crisis. Includes latest guidance to parishes on looking after their building during closure, remaining vigilant to lead theft, and changes to the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules that came into force on 1 April.