Renovation work costing more than £1million is under way on a derelict chapel in Westcliff to create a new base for community groups and charities.
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The old Prittlewell Chapel in North Road, Westcliff, is being transformed into the new centre, run by the Southend Association of Voluntary Services. The project is being funded by a community assets grant of more than £998,000 from the Government. A further £21,712 is being provided by the Southend Economic Participation Programme through the East of England Development Agency.
Once completed, the refurbished chapel will be transferred to community use when it is leased to the association.
The dilapidated building’s dramatic revival into a sustainable, energy-efficient centre, will be the subject of four short films being made by Blade Education.
Mark Flewitt, Tory Southend councillor responsible for transport and planning, said: “This series of films is an excellent way to demonstrate how this innovative restoration programme is developing. When completed, this refurbishment project will benefit Southend residents by helping to kick start new social enterprise businesses as well as assisting the voluntary sector.”
“It will also show people how to save energy and reduce their own carbon footprint”. “We are delighted, too, that the work will help preserve an historic Southend building.”
North Road Cemetery was originally created to provide extra burial capacity for St Mary’s Church in Victoria Avenue. The chapel was built in 1879 within the grounds of Westcliff cemetery, and the council bought the freehold for £900 in November that year. Although the cemetery itself is currently near capacity and rarely used, internment is still carried out in family graves. There are a high number of military graves within the cemetery, so there are also plans to provide information boards to give more details about the background of these.