Jubilation at thoughts of demolition ‘premature’

St Elisabeth's Church
St Elisabeth's Church

I FEEL I must reply to the article in the Eastbourne Herald of January 7, with it’s sensational headlines, calling St Elisabeth’s Church an “ugly monolith”.

I object most strongly to this. As anyone who has been inside the church will know, it was very beautiful, full of Christian fellowship, and much loved over the years by its parishioners.

Several years ago, when I was a member of the parochial church council, the redevelopment of the site was discussed.

One proposal was for the height of the building to be reduced by a third, and the length by half, and the vicarage and hall to be demolished, to make way for flats for mature residents.

Another proposal was for the demolition of the church and the figure quoted then was £2 million, so I think it is a little premature to be jubilant at the thought of demolition!

English Heritage heard about these plans and, suddenly, St Elisabeth’s had listed status, and, consequently, parishioners have had to see the building being continually vandalised and falling into disrepair.

I understand that the residents of Victoria Drive and Baldwin Avenue do not want an even taller building, but for the majority, the church was already there when they moved into the parish.

I hope the developers can come to an amicable solution.

Mr K.D. Tompsett

Ocklynge Road