More parking needed during church revamp
Asbestos being removed from roof of St Joseph’s Catholic church
Members of other churches allegedly park there as well, further reducing the space available to members of St Joseph’s. In the longer term church bosses hope to increase the amount of parking available.
John Bates, chair of the church parish council, said: “I think at the time that was put in it was proposed to provide alternative accommodation while the church was being re-roofed. Longer term we will be looking at putting in a permanent car park but we’re going to wait until the scaffolding comes down.”
Submitted on behalf of The Diocese of Northampton, the proposal is ‘to gain approval for the provision of 23 temporary compensatory parking spaces. These are required for the church construction works and are to be sited to the east of the church building’.
The design and access statement adds: “In order to provide adequate parking provision for the church’s congregation during construction works on the buildings it is proposed that 23 additional parking spaces are set out within the grounds of the church.”
Mr Bates said the primary reason for the construction works was to remove the roof for renovation, but asbestos must be removed if you are working near it or if any work will impact on it.
He also said it was cost effective to carry out asbestos removal undertaking construction works.
He said: “The reason we were doing it [the construction works] was because the tiles wouldn’t last another winter. We knew asbestos was going to be up there.”
He added: “As I understand it, if you have got a building that has asbestos in it, and you’re not touching that, providing it’s safe you don’t have to do anything else to it. But if it’s being re-roofed you have to remove it, so you don’t have any problems with asbestos in that area.”
Chiltern District Councillor John Wertheim, who represents the Austenwood Ward, has called it in for approval. while other