I was appalled earlier to discover from the Liverpool Echo that Liverpool Council is considering selling St Luke’s Church to a developer. This iconic building which commemorates famines and bombings needs better treatment than that. I would be delighted to hear from anyone who would be inetersted in developing the Church on the lines of my press release which I attach below. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
“This iconic building should not be sold to a developer but transferred to a non profit making body who will care for it and honour its role of remembering bombings and famines”, according to Lib Dem Liverpool Leader, Councillor Richard Kemp.
This building is now the last visible reminder of the thousands of deaths that occurred amongst the civilian population in World War 2. It also has memorials to those who died in famines and the role that Liverpool played in the Irish famines and the exodus to the New World.
If the council cannot maintain it properly and with dignity then we should establish a trust to develop it along the lines of those that look after the Palm House in Sefton Park and St. George’s Hall. They could then apply for grants and run some commercial activities which would be in keeping with the dignity of the Church.
We must be very careful of entrusting much loved listed buildings to the care of private developers. Just look at the long-running saga of The Church of Scotland building in Rodney Street which after 30+ years is still not complete.