‘At risk’ Hastings church will need £1.3m in repairs

All Soul's Church
All Soul's Church

A church in Hastings deemed ‘at risk’ due to neglect will need £1.3million spent on it in repairs.

All Soul’s Church on Athelstan Road was added to Historic England’s annual Heritage at Risk Register that was published on Tuesday.

The report claims the derelict church has a backlog of repairs that need completing.

The church is owned by the diocese of Chichester and property director Scott Ralph said: “All Souls church closed for public worship in 2008.

“Since this date, the diocese has actively sought a new user for the church building.

“Unfortunately, we have been unable to secure an alternative use for this building for a number of reasons, not least because the estimated cost of repair is in the region of £1,300,000.

“We are currently in negotiation with a prospective user, but discussions are at a very early stage and it would not be appropriate for us to comment further at this time.”

If negotiations are successful then the public will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed new use after it has been officially taken out of the diocese’s care.

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