Attached below is a motion that I am placing before the next meeting of the City Council. I hope that it won’t be debated because I have made no comments about how we got to this position or why. I simply want the council to unanimously agree a way forward which preserves this building which is clearly so important in the view of so many people.
I will, of course, keep you informed of what the other Parties say and whether or not I think we can manage a consensus way forward which I hope should be possible.
What do you think? Comment here or e-mail me at Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org
St Luke’s Church by Cllr Richard Kemp CBE
Council notes with concern the confusion about the future of St Luke’s Church.
It places on record its view that the building should be retained in council ownership but managed by a new non-profit making trust established with the aims of:
- Keeping intact the heritage and culture of the Church particularly in so far as it’s commemoration of the civilians killed in WWII bombings and those Irish people who died after famines whilst trying to seek a new life in the New World.
- Applying for grants to enable the stabilisation and continued upkeep of the building
- Run appropriate activities in the building which would provide an income towards running costs but respect the building’s heritage.
It requests the Director of Regeneration to report urgently to the Regeneration Select Committee and the Cabinet about the implications of this motion with a view to its early implementation.