Tonnes of pigeon mess removed to clean out dilapidated church
Work almost complete on first stage of making an outdoor hub
Work to clean out a dilapidated former Perth church that has seen nearly 50 tonnes of pigeon mess removed and a cull of the birds is nearing completion.
Perth and Kinross Council took over the running of St Paul’s Church on South Methven Street in February and wants to create a £2 million outdoor space at the site, which has lain empty since it closed in 1986.
Work has been progressing since March when fresh scaffolding was put up around the B-listed building.
The local authority had to employ a contractor to carry out a cull of nesting pigeons and also remove asbestos, strip lagging material from heating pipes and remove loose slates, masonry, vegetation and other debris.
This work has allowed the council to arrange further assessments, surveys and repair work on the derelict building.
The plan to create an outdoor hub will see the church spire being kept, along with the shell of the building.
A council spokesperson said the internal clear-out was near completion with between 40 and 50 tonnes of the waste removed, along with dead birds and nesting material.
She also confirmed a firm of architects has been appointed to carry out design work for the outdoor hub.
“The initial make-safe and internal cleaning works at the site are almost complete, with an estimated completion date of early November,” she said.
“The timber pews are being unfixed and removed. This will allow further survey work to progress and in particular, a survey of the timber ground floor and sub-floor.”
She added: “A firm of local architects have been appointed to apply for listed building consent for the next phase of work. The council is also finalising the appointment of a works contractor for that phase.
“These appointments will allow the next stage to progress to programme.”
It is understood there are around 35 timber pews on the ground floor, with another 40 in the gallery.
A programme of works to secure and clear the building of guano (pigeon mess) was carried out in 2007 but no further maintenance followed.
“The initial make-safe and internal cleaning works at the site are almost complete, with an estimated completion date of early November
Scaffolding outside St Paul’s Church on South Methven Street, as work is almost completed on clearing out the inside.