Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has welcomed the Government’s commitment of funding to help with urgent repair work for churches damaged by recent storms and floods.
St Andrew’s Church in Waterloo Street in Hove is set to receive funding to repair an internal light that was badly damaged by water as a result of the recent storms.
The Churches Conservation Trust, a national charity that protects 344 churches of particular historic importance that are at risk, has estimated the amount needed to repair the damage at a total of £100,000. The funding will be going direct to the Trust and with work already began on necessary repairs for the many churches from restoring damaged pews and fixing windows to repairing roofs and pump out flood water. It is expected that the extra funding will mean that all work will be complete by the end of March.
Commenting, Mike said: “This funding is excellent news for St Andrew’s Church. Brighton & Hove was hit fairly badly by the recent storms so I was not surprised to learn that the church had been damaged. I understand that the Churches Conservation Trust is delighted with help towards repairs and look forward to seeing the restored light in all its glory in the near future.”
Crispin Truman, Chief Executive of the Churches Conservation Trust said: “Inevitably the recent extreme weather has hit a number of our historic churches around the country with issues from serious flooding and water ingress to wind damage causing holes to appear in church roofs. As a charity these unexpected urgent repairs create a financial burden so we are extremely grateful to be receiving emergency funding from the Department for Culture Media & Sport in order to help us repair the damage quickly.”