Church given reprieve after demolition plans temporarily halted

Church given reprieve after demolition plans temporarily halted

Church given reprieve after demolition plans temporarily halted

First published in News

PLANS to knock down a historic north Essex church have been halted by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

The Essex MP has ordered an informal inquiry into Church of England plans to demolish St Peter’s Church, in Birch.

The move follows an 18-month campaign by residents and groups, backed by English Heritage and the Victorian Society, to save the long-derelict 19th century church.

Campaigners were boosted last year when developer Gary Cottee came forward with plans to buy the church and convert it into a large home.

David Balcombe, director of the Colchester and north east Essex Building Preservation Trust, which collected a 1,000- name petition calling for St Peter’s to be saved, said everyone was “delighted” with the announcement.

He said: “It’s all to play for now.

We will put our case forward as convincingly as we can and hope common sense prevails.”

See Wednesday's Gazette for more.

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11:09am Wed 23 Jul 14

Over G says...

Why pull down the Church and what for?
Housing?
Why pull down the Church and what for? Housing? Over G
  • Score: 7

11:41am Wed 23 Jul 14

Shrubendlad says...

So what do the Anoraks from the Victorian Society and English Heritage proposing to do with this "Long derelict building"? Turn it into a Water Tower museum? Collecting signatures is easy-putting the place to a sensible viable use is on another planet.
So what do the Anoraks from the Victorian Society and English Heritage proposing to do with this "Long derelict building"? Turn it into a Water Tower museum? Collecting signatures is easy-putting the place to a sensible viable use is on another planet. Shrubendlad
  • Score: -8

12:22pm Wed 23 Jul 14

The Stinker Returns says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
So what do the Anoraks from the Victorian Society and English Heritage proposing to do with this "Long derelict building"? Turn it into a Water Tower museum? Collecting signatures is easy-putting the place to a sensible viable use is on another planet.
Er no. I think if the campaigners were boosted by Gary Cottee's suggestion then it will become a big house
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: So what do the Anoraks from the Victorian Society and English Heritage proposing to do with this "Long derelict building"? Turn it into a Water Tower museum? Collecting signatures is easy-putting the place to a sensible viable use is on another planet.[/p][/quote]Er no. I think if the campaigners were boosted by Gary Cottee's suggestion then it will become a big house The Stinker Returns
  • Score: -1

12:35pm Wed 23 Jul 14

greenbroker says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
So what do the Anoraks from the Victorian Society and English Heritage proposing to do with this "Long derelict building"? Turn it into a Water Tower museum? Collecting signatures is easy-putting the place to a sensible viable use is on another planet.
I'll bet you're against the Town Hall organ being restored as well? Heritage = beliefs that a society considers important to its history and culture.
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: So what do the Anoraks from the Victorian Society and English Heritage proposing to do with this "Long derelict building"? Turn it into a Water Tower museum? Collecting signatures is easy-putting the place to a sensible viable use is on another planet.[/p][/quote]I'll bet you're against the Town Hall organ being restored as well? Heritage = beliefs that a society considers important to its history and culture. greenbroker
  • Score: 4

1:12pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Jess Jephcott says...

I am powerless when it comes to the destruction of our heritage buildings. All I do know is that they were built by our visionary ancestors working without the technology we have today and to a (usually) beautiful end. We pay our taxes to the government and I look to that government to make our heritage protection a part of their outlay. We have already lost too many beautiful buildings. If it were possible I would post a picture here of St Nicholas Church, that once stood in the High Street. The loss of St Nicholas was a callous disregard for our heritage in favour of what? Go look at what replaced it and let's hang our collective heads in shame. A lesson? You bet. Let's hope that the government of the day and future governments (of whatever colour) never loses touch with the need for protection and that this beautiful building will not end up like St Nicholas, the greatest and most beautiful church that Colchester ever had.
I am powerless when it comes to the destruction of our heritage buildings. All I do know is that they were built by our visionary ancestors working without the technology we have today and to a (usually) beautiful end. We pay our taxes to the government and I look to that government to make our heritage protection a part of their outlay. We have already lost too many beautiful buildings. If it were possible I would post a picture here of St Nicholas Church, that once stood in the High Street. The loss of St Nicholas was a callous disregard for our heritage in favour of what? Go look at what replaced it and let's hang our collective heads in shame. A lesson? You bet. Let's hope that the government of the day and future governments (of whatever colour) never loses touch with the need for protection and that this beautiful building will not end up like St Nicholas, the greatest and most beautiful church that Colchester ever had. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 8

1:15pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Shrubendlad says...

Town Hall Organ: No Im all for the Town Hall organ being restored.
The building is not "long derelict".
In fact one of my relatives made some of the statues at the top of the Town Hall.
I have a great interest in Colchester History.
Both sides of my family were living here before Victoria came to the throne.
What annoys me is a bunch of Anoraks sitting on derelict buildings for decades without any attempt to find a sensible or viable use for them.
Town Hall Organ: No Im all for the Town Hall organ being restored. The building is not "long derelict". In fact one of my relatives made some of the statues at the top of the Town Hall. I have a great interest in Colchester History. Both sides of my family were living here before Victoria came to the throne. What annoys me is a bunch of Anoraks sitting on derelict buildings for decades without any attempt to find a sensible or viable use for them. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 2

2:00pm Wed 23 Jul 14

William George says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
I am powerless when it comes to the destruction of our heritage buildings. All I do know is that they were built by our visionary ancestors working without the technology we have today and to a (usually) beautiful end. We pay our taxes to the government and I look to that government to make our heritage protection a part of their outlay. We have already lost too many beautiful buildings. If it were possible I would post a picture here of St Nicholas Church, that once stood in the High Street. The loss of St Nicholas was a callous disregard for our heritage in favour of what? Go look at what replaced it and let's hang our collective heads in shame. A lesson? You bet. Let's hope that the government of the day and future governments (of whatever colour) never loses touch with the need for protection and that this beautiful building will not end up like St Nicholas, the greatest and most beautiful church that Colchester ever had.
Jess Jephcott,
your views go straight to the point, your words are sensible to be agreed by many. Other than by our planning officers who are careless. They are in deep need to build more cardboard boxes and need more spaces to build them.
If the planning committee councillors were not useless then they are most careless to be letting this all happen, they only care for the cardboard boxes in our Colchester. Then for the developers to love it all.
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: I am powerless when it comes to the destruction of our heritage buildings. All I do know is that they were built by our visionary ancestors working without the technology we have today and to a (usually) beautiful end. We pay our taxes to the government and I look to that government to make our heritage protection a part of their outlay. We have already lost too many beautiful buildings. If it were possible I would post a picture here of St Nicholas Church, that once stood in the High Street. The loss of St Nicholas was a callous disregard for our heritage in favour of what? Go look at what replaced it and let's hang our collective heads in shame. A lesson? You bet. Let's hope that the government of the day and future governments (of whatever colour) never loses touch with the need for protection and that this beautiful building will not end up like St Nicholas, the greatest and most beautiful church that Colchester ever had.[/p][/quote]Jess Jephcott, your views go straight to the point, your words are sensible to be agreed by many. Other than by our planning officers who are careless. They are in deep need to build more cardboard boxes and need more spaces to build them. If the planning committee councillors were not useless then they are most careless to be letting this all happen, they only care for the cardboard boxes in our Colchester. Then for the developers to love it all. William George
  • Score: 4

12:07am Thu 24 Jul 14

Boris says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
So what do the Anoraks from the Victorian Society and English Heritage proposing to do with this "Long derelict building"? Turn it into a Water Tower museum? Collecting signatures is easy-putting the place to a sensible viable use is on another planet.
With your confused and ignorant rant, Shrubendlad, you are the one on another planet.
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: So what do the Anoraks from the Victorian Society and English Heritage proposing to do with this "Long derelict building"? Turn it into a Water Tower museum? Collecting signatures is easy-putting the place to a sensible viable use is on another planet.[/p][/quote]With your confused and ignorant rant, Shrubendlad, you are the one on another planet. Boris
  • Score: 2

6:02am Thu 24 Jul 14

Navajo wife says...

Agreed Jess far too many historical landmarks have been torn down. I was speaking to a family member on Tuesday who said I would not like my hometown now.They pull down these buildings, put up boxes, and wonder why people don't want to visit Englands oldest town. They should do something about the crime, also.Who wants to visit a town rife with crime, not knowing if they will make it home.Wake.up lawmakers and judges.For heavens sake do all you.can to make Colchester safe, a happy and great place to live and visit.I know I don't live there now but I am SO disgusted, and sad. Bless you all.
Agreed Jess far too many historical landmarks have been torn down. I was speaking to a family member on Tuesday who said I would not like my hometown now.They pull down these buildings, put up boxes, and wonder why people don't want to visit Englands oldest town. They should do something about the crime, also.Who wants to visit a town rife with crime, not knowing if they will make it home.Wake.up lawmakers and judges.For heavens sake do all you.can to make Colchester safe, a happy and great place to live and visit.I know I don't live there now but I am SO disgusted, and sad. Bless you all. Navajo wife
  • Score: 2

10:54pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Wow! My quote was in the paper press tonight yet the morons cut it so unprofessionally that the grammar makes me look the moron. Is the Gazette editor still in nappies or what? What a travesty of professional journalism and an insult to me!
Wow! My quote was in the paper press tonight yet the morons cut it so unprofessionally that the grammar makes me look the moron. Is the Gazette editor still in nappies or what? What a travesty of professional journalism and an insult to me! Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 0

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