THE CHURCH LOOKS AFTER ITS BUILDINGS
The Building Study on St Peter's Seminary, Cardross (AJ 14.09.06) provided yet another focus on the building and its ruinous state.
The need to find a way forward has been evident for many years, but the manner in which to achieve a solution acceptable to all parties is much more difficult.
It is important to note that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow has, for the past 10 years, adopted a very responsible attitude towards its significant estate of listed church buildings. This includes the repair and conservation of four Coia/ Gillespie, Kidd & Coia churches, and six other Grade A-listed buildings, with a further four listed churches 'in the pipeline'.
This has been achieved under the direction of the innovative Archdiocese of Glasgow Conservation Working Party, chaired by the Archdiocese but planning ahead on an agreed priority basis with senior staff from Historic Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Glasgow City Council, balancing priorities of the Archdiocese with those of these statutory and funding agencies.
Furthermore, credit where credit is due: St Patrick's, Kilsyth, referred to in the article on Cardross, is the responsibility of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, and St Bride's, East Kilbride, is the responsibility of the Motherwell diocese.
Brian A. Park, Page and Park Architects