Church has its back to the wall

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

A lack of fund­ing has left a her­itage-pro­tected wall out­side a Mt Eden church in ru­ins.

St James Church on Es­planade Rd pulled down the stone wall six months ago with­out Auck­land City Coun­cil con­sent.

At the time, church ses­sion clerk Tei Kil­i­uyi said the church in­tended to re­build the wall with the orig­i­nal stones and strengthen it.

But the wall is still in pieces and the ditch where it used to stand is filled with lit­ter.

The edge of the pave­ment has also bro­ken off and fallen into the ditch.

A coun­cil spokes­woman says lack of fund­ing has slowed down the re­build­ing and coun­cil is help­ing the church look for al­ter­na­tive funds.

“They do have per­mis­sion to re­build the wall, they just need to work with a coun­cil her­itage spe­cial­ist to help them through the process.”

She says the lit­ter is the church’s re­spon­si­bil­ity and the coun­cil will fol­low up on the mat­ter.

Auck­land Pres­bytery clerk Trevor Mosley says the or­gan­i­sa­tion is over­see­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“We are work­ing through it with the coun­cil now.

“The coun­cil has it in hand.”

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