Update on St Mary’s Church Roof Works

This first phase of work on the roof has been completed, however, this has highlighted two further problems. Firstly, with the box gutter on the roof between the two main pitches. The gutter, which has been previously repaired, is old and cracked and is allowing rainwater to leak in underneath it. Secondly, the tiles on one slope of the side aisle roof are slipping because the nails have rusted and the timber battens are decayed; the felt under the tiles is old and rotten and no longer water tight. This is a fourth section of the roof that needs replacing.

Obviously, this is not good news. The PCC have decided that the gutter and the fourth section of the roof need to be replaced now; we don’t have a lot of choice, and this extra work is going to cost £16,500 + VAT.  We will be seeking to cover the cost of this from our reserves, but it will make a big dent in our finances.

Going forward the current quote to replace the other two sections of the roof is in the region of £25 -£30,000. The PCC will need to consider the funding and timing for this work.