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NEW HOPES ON WELSH CATHEDRAL; Brotherhood repay debt to the city the STOP ROT.

Byline: by CATHERINE JONES Arts Editor

THE owners of a decaying Liverpool landmark have repaid almost pounds 400,000 owed to the city.

The Brotherhood of the Cross and Star was taken to court by council legal chiefs to recover the pounds 380,000 sum.

The money was owed for urgent repairs carried out on Toxteth's Welsh Presbyterian Church, a target on the ECHO's Stop the Rot hitlist, between 2002-5.

Now the Nigerian-based church charity has come up with the funding.

Council bosses now hope to get the church talking with a regional heritage trust about howthe building can be restored for future use.Cllr Berni Turner, executive member for the historic environment, said: "We intend to arrange a meeting between the Brotherhood and the Heritage Trust for North West, which has carried out feasibility studies on this building. Hopefully we can make progress about its future because it is a very important listed building on a main gateway route into the city.

"We want it brought back into usewith an appropriate development as soon as possible."

She added: "If necessary, we will serve a repairs notice on the owners, requiring them to bring it back into a full state of repair within two months.

"But I would hope we will be able to reach agreement about the way forward before we need to do that."

The Princes Road church, known as Liverpool's "Welsh cathedral", was designed by architects William and George Audsley in 1865.

It was bought by the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star in 1982 and has suffered vandalism since being left vacant in the early 1990s.

Urgent works included action to stabilise the roof after part of it slid into the nave.


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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 24, 2009
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