More park­ing needed dur­ing church re­vamp

As­bestos be­ing re­moved from roof of St Joseph’s Catholic church

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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

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