Seven Kings church to be demolished and rebuilt with flats and a library planned

A church in Seven Kings is to be completely redeveloped after running costs became too high.

Plans include demolishing the existing church, levelling the ground and building flats, a library and a new more efficient church building.

Seven Kings Methodist Church, Balmoral Gardens, wad built in 1905 but heating costs and a small congregation have made it increasingly unmanageable.

Steve Poole, superintendent of the church, said: “About 30 people attend the church so it’s not a particularly big congregation but obviously it is sad for people who have been attending the church for a long time.”

The church is used by scout and guide groups, a women’s fellowship meeting and the hall is rented out to another church each Sunday.

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As the building is on different levels each entrance has steps making access for disabled people difficult.

Mr Poole said: “The lack of access for disabled people is one of the reasons we are having this scheme. There’s a real need for community space but because it’s not user friendly it’s not being used how it could.”

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Plans include building approximately 20 flats with the potential for a library and caf� with two developers reportedly already interested.

Mr Poole said: “I’m all about the church being relevant and useful in the community now and in the future. It’s served well in the past but it’s now time for a new look and way of serving the community and it’s not serving those needs now.”

The two-storey Edwardian brick church was one of three churches built in the same style around the borough. It has a capacity for 270 people.

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