A MAJOR drive to make the roof of St Stephen’s Church in the town centre watertight has got under way.
The landmark building has long suffered from a leaky roof but now, with money raised by parishioners and a major grant the go ahead has been given for the project which is expected to last 22 weeks.
As a result there will be no parking at the church but people will still be able to access church for services, weddings and funerals.
Town centre chaplain and vicar of St Stephen’s, the Rev Paul Lawlor said: “We have been able to secure a grant from Allchurches Trust but this is a substantial project, with similarly substantial costs.
“We are working on accessing additional grants, but at present the majority of the costs have to be met from money we had earmarked on making the building more flexible for worship and community use.
“Once it is properly watertight, we hope to raise money to allow St Stephen’s to best serve the community it is set amidst.”