Southwark pledges to build new premises for community church

Published on Friday, 01 February 2013 16:15
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

Southwark Council has pledged to build new premises for a community church so it can remain in the heart of the Elephant and Castle area, which is set to undergo a £1.5bn transformation over the next fifteen years.

Relocating Crossway United Reformed Church (URC), will allow Southwark Council, and their regeneration partner Lend Lease to bring forward their plan to create one of the largest new housing developments in zone 1 London – which will see the emergence of approximately 2,500 new homes, 25% of which are affordable, shops, restaurants and community facilities, and the creation of over 6,000 jobs - during and post construction.

Councillor Fiona Colley, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Corporate Strategy said:

"I am delighted that rather than simply buying out the Church, we have instead taken the decision to relocate this important community facility to a new purpose built church at the heart of Elephant and Castle.

"Crossways not only provide space for their own congregation to worship, but seeks to maximise the use of their premises by other local community organisations, including eight other faith groups, Victory School, an outreach team that runs an English for Speakers of Other Languages Group, a parent mentoring scheme and a family drop in centre.

She continues: "It has taken time to find the right solution for Crossway and I would like to thank the congregation, the diocese and Minister Peter Stevenson for their positive approach to the negotiations and their continued commitment to the community in the Elephant and Castle."

Leader of the URC, Minister Reverend Dr Peter Stevenson, said:

"We welcome the exciting developments in the Elephant and Castle area, and see this as a great step towards building a place where church and community can work together in facilities specially designed for this purpose.

"For too long the area has lived with destruction and demolition and we now have the chance to restore and revitalise the church and encourage and enthuse both new and existing members to use the building."

URC's new premises will be at the former Castle Day Centre, at the rear of the Strata tower.

Source: ©Southwark Council

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