Since the theft of lead from the church roof at Newton Flotman, any people have been asking why we cant replace our stolen lead with another alternative roof covering which would be less liable to theft. It is a very good question and those who were working on solutions for the PCC investigated this very carefully. However we found three reasons why this is not the best option for Newton Flotman Church:
If we change anything about a church building, we have to get a “faculty” as well as planning permission. For this we need the support of heritage bodies. Historic England oppose replacement of lead on roofs with an alternative unless it can be shown that security measures, such as a roof alarm are unlikely to prevent further attacks. This is not the case for Newton Flotman and so getting permissions for a substitute would be a prolonged process with no guarantee of success.
If Historic England can be persuaded to agree to a replacement they strongly prefer terne coated stainless steel. This is noisy when it rains which could spoil services including weddings and funerals.
Alternatives such as terne coated stainless steel are very expensive, particularly as we would have to replace the lead on all 3 roofs to prevent future theft.
Replacing the lead that has been damaged/stolen and fitting a roof alarm means that the roof can be repaired without a major faculty and planning request and although expensive, is more cost effective than any other option.
If you would like more technical or financial details or wish to volunteer to help please ring the Rectory on 470762
Please give generously to the church’s appeal. The urgent structural repairs (largely but not only the roof) will cost £103,000 including the lead replacement and installing a roof alarm. We are also raising funds to make the building more useable by the whole community and therefore sustainable for the long term. Click on the downloable leaflet at the bottom of the home page which gives details of how to give both for repairs and development work.
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