Buckingham news: Scaffolding to go up for repairs on church roof

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REPAIRS to the roof of St Peter and St Paul Church in Buckingham will begin on Monday next week.

Scaffolding will be put up on both sides of the church to allow the work to be carried out, which will include replacing decayed roof timbers and making the roof watertight.

The scaffolding means parking around the church will be greatly reduced. The work will continue until the end of July, but it will be business as usual for the church.

Reverend Will Pearson-Gee said: “It is with great excitement that we can at last start work to remove the decayed roof timbers and make the roof waterproof. We are so grateful to all organisations and individuals who have contributed towards the fund to make this happen.”

He asked drivers to avoid Castle Hill until the scaffolding had been removed as parked cars risked getting damaged and could obstruct contractor access.

The contractor also has permission from the highways authority to close off the parking area behind the church if necessary in addition to those areas covered in scaffold.

This year’s holiday club will be run entirely at the Royal Latin School instead of half being run at the church in case the work overruns. Rev Pearson-Gee said he regretted any inconvenience and hoped the few available parking spaces would be left clear for thos who use the church.

The work will cost around £240,000 with support received from English Heritage, Buckingham Town Council, Buckingham & Gawcott Charitable Trust, Bucks Historic Churches and WREN. The PCC and church congregation have raised £35,000 towards the Roof Fund which stands at £214,000.