Holy Trinity Church: New development proposals


Date: 26 October 2014

An Oxford Church has published new proposals for an extension to its building, needed to offer better facilities for all those who attend.

The proposals at Holy Trinity, Headington Quarry include plans for a purpose-built toilet for those with disabilities and a small crèche/meeting-room and kitchen.

Rev Tim Stead, vicar of Holy Trinity said, “At present we really struggle with offering some of the fundamentals that people now expect in any public building and these proposals address some of those issues. We also plan to undertake some reordering of the existing building to improve access for all, give some adaptability in how we use the building for smaller services and provide some storage space, as none currently exists.”

In 2012 the church consulted widely on proposals for a larger extension. These were viewed with concern by many in the local community because of the number of graves that would have had to be built-over.  Mr Stead said, “We have listened to the comments of the community and it is directly as a result of those concerns that we have scaled-back and produced more modest plans. We have a very crowded churchyard and so it is inevitable that we will have to build over some graves. However, our revised plans have reduced the number of affected graves to three. We are conducting detailed research to determine if there are descendants of those buried there and will make every effort to contact them about our plans.  Of course, building over any graves is a sensitive issue and we are following all necessary guidelines and procedures to ensure that every aspect, including the relocation of gravestones, is properly addressed.”

The new plans have been agreed in principle by the church’s Parochial Church Council (PCC) and have been presented to the congregation. Consultations are also taking place with local community representatives. A final decision on the way forward will be taken by the PCC in December.

Church's website page on the Development Proposals
where plans and sketches may be viewed

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