The Consistory Court of the Diocese of Liverpool, with Chancellor the Honourable Sir Mark Hedley presiding, has approved the application by the Parochial Church Council of St John the Divine to demolish the church building.
In concluding his judgement Sir Mark states: "That leaves only demolition which in my judgment, for the reasons I have sought to explain, is necessary and must be done as a matter of urgency. On that basis, with sadness and regret but with conviction that it is now the right thing to do, I authorise the demolition of the church building of St John the Divine, Fairfield."
The Diocese of Liverpool is satisfied that the correct decision has been made. The Church Council did not make this decision lightly but felt that they had no other option. The spire is in real danger of collapse and it was on the clear advice of structural engineers that the Church Council requested permission to demolish.
The Archdeacon of Liverpool, Ven Ricky Panter, said: “As a Diocese we regularly work with other public bodies to maintain and secure our built heritage. In this case, the decision by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport that the building did not merit listing means that effectively public funds are not available to save the building. It now lies with the diocese and the church council to secure the building as quickly and safely as possible so it no longer poses a risk to those in the local community. This may or may not involve demolition of the whole building but will require dismantling the spire.”
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