With regard to Planning, the owners of the property previously advised that the Vestry within the Church, which was previously in residential use, was being painted and that they intended to stay there when they visited the area. I am not aware of any other works within the building that would require an application for change of use.In terms of public safety, in 2011 the owner was contacted following complaints of delaminating masonry. The owner advised that an inspection would be undertaken and any further loose material would be removed. A visual inspection of the property undertaken on 16 April 2014 identified no public safety issues. However, there are a couple of small panes of glass that are broken on the east elevation and I will write to the owners to request they cover up the holes. I do not consider they have any significant impact on the building being wind and water tight.
Over the past few months and following residents’ complaints, I have again raised with the City Council the state of the grounds of the former McCheyne Church on Perth Road at Sinderins.
The City Council, after writing to the owners without any action on their part, recently served an Amenity Notice on the owners and this has now resulted in the area being tidied.
The Council’s Planning Enforcement Officer wrote to me towards the end of last week as follows :
“I visited the above site today and all the weeds have been cut back. There are a few cuttings remaining but there was a bag on the railings that looks like it has been left to collect the cuttings. Perhaps they didn’t finish because of the rain. However, I would advise that I consider they have complied with the Amenity Notice and I will close this case.”
The grounds are certainly looking a lot better :
I am most grateful to the City Council’s Planning Enforcement Officer, whose efforts has resulted in a tidied area around the former church – but wouldn’t it be great to see the church brought back into use?