Thursday 22 February 2007 11.22am
I haven't been able to find another thread relating to this subject, so here goes..
The scaffolding around the church is in the process of being dismantled and I'm now curious to know what element, if any, of the £3.6 million renovation budget, raised through a combination of private donations and the selling off of church owned property to private developers, was spent on the exterior - if any.
The main objective of the project as I understand it was to underpin the foundations, but the opportunity [while the scaffolding was in place] to repair and clean the exterior appears to have been squandered. Parts of the external stone and brickwork appear to be as chipped, cracked, scruffy and covered in mould and the effects of polution as they were before this scheme was undertaken.
Another disconcerting aspect [to me at least] is what appears to be the almost complete destruction of vegetation on the Tabard Street
side of the church.
I do not have a complete knowledge of the works required to make the church safe [could someone who does enlighten me?] and there is still a chunk of scaffolding to be removed to reveal what's left of the garden. However, I thought the stabilising works included removal of just one of the trees adjacent to the north facing wall. It seems all
of the trees on that side have been savagely cut back, currently leaving a couple of ugly, half-height stumps, and does anything remain of the neglected fig tree on the corner with BH Street?
For a [short] while a large advertising banner was erected covering the south facing facade. This was presumably part of another scheme to raise funds, but was only up there for a few days - hardly worth the effort - why did it not stay up there longer?