The Parochial Church Council of St John with St Mary undertook an evaluation of all suggested new uses and have produced the short list given below.
The Parish has been told that there must be informed and objective consideration of the issues and constraints in any proposed new use. The problems of implementing that use must be acknowledged, as well as the opportunities it would give to the parish and the community. These deliberations should lead to an optimum future being identified that allows St Mary’s to become part of the community again and cause the least harm in both the short term and long term. A seminar should go a long way in achieving these aims.
A Future Use Seminar was held on 1st February 2018 7:30pm in St Mary's and the results used in the proposal documents.
The top eight new uses examined were:
- Art gallery
- Central home for different charities
- Church for another congregation
- Craft workshop
- Dedicated theatre
- Drop in centre
- Dual Use Church and community event space
- A Redundant church