Church Commissioners’ Written Answer: St Elisabeth’s Church, Eastbourne

On Tuesday 16th January the Second Church Estates Commissioner, the Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP answered a written question from the Rt Hon Frank Field MP about the future of St Elisabeth’s Church, Eastbourne.

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Rt Hon Frank Field MP (Lab, Birkenhead): To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, if the Church Commissioners will extend the period for consultation on the proposed demolition of St Elisabeth’s Church, Eastbourne, while continuing with their plans to develop that site. [121880]

Dame Caroline Spelman: The consultation period concerning the draft Pastoral (Church Buildings Disposal) Scheme for the demolition of St Elisabeth’s Church at Eastbourne ran from the 17th November until the 8th of January. The publication of the consultation followed a period of extensive liaison by the Church Commissioners with various interested parties in the future of the closed church. The building has been closed for regular public worship since 2002.

With regard to the future of the murals by Hans Feibusch, the draft Scheme provides for further time (until 1 September 2018) for potential recipients of the murals to produce a viable proposal for their relocation. This period had already been extended and the Church Commissioners remain open to discussions with any interested party in resolving their future.

(Via Parliament.UK)