Council promises church will get new home

Wed 6 February 2013, 1:49 pm

Southwark Council has pledged to build a new home for Crossway United Reformed Church, which faces relocation as part of the Heygate Estate regeneration programme.

This month the authority confirmed it would construct a new base for the church on the former site of the Castle Day Centre, behind Elephant & Castle’s landmark Strata Tower.

Southwark’s regeneration lead Councillor Fiona Colley said the church was a focus for a wide range of community groups in addition to being a place of worship.

"I am delighted that rather than simply buying out the church, we have instead taken the decision to relocate this important community facility to a new purpose built church at the heart of Elephant & Castle,” she said.

“It has taken time to find the right solution for Crossway and I would like to thank the congregation, the diocese and Minister Peter Stevenson for their positive approach to the negotiations and their continued commitment to the community."