A group has been formed to try and bring a run down chapel back into full use.
Dean Road Chapel Ltd is a newly formed not for profit company which aims to restore the disused chapel in Dean Road cemetery, which is now the only building in the cemetery in need of attention.
The group, an offshoot of the Friends of Dean Road and Marnor Road Cemetery, needs to raise around £600,000
The intention is for part of the building to be converted into multi purpose meeting rooms for local community groups and schools to use, and part to be leased by a commercial partner. The groups says that the arrangement will enable the chapel to be kept in good repair and provide good quality meeting space at a reasonable cost.
Scarborough Borough Council has given in principle agreement to the transfer of the building to Dean Road Chapel Ltd following receipt of a detailed business plan. Company directors are now working to secure funding for the significant repairs and alterations needed to bring the 19th Century building back into community use.
The building is currently being used as the base for Community Payback’s ongoing work in the cemetery.
Company director and vice-chairman Chris Hall said “This is a really exciting project and the directors and wider group of supporters have the skills and experience to bring in the funding and facilitate the restoration of this iconic building. Its unique setting in a beautiful Victorian cemetery will I’m sure make it a sought after venue for a range of activities.”
He added that although the chapel it is currently in a poor state of repair it is structurally sound and retains its original vaulted ceilings, decorative window surrounds and tiled floor.
The company has applied for a Heritage Lottery Fund Start Up Grant to kick start the process.
One of the directors will be giving a talk about the chapel project at the AGM of the Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery at 7pm on Monday April 14 at St Columba’s ChurchHall and everyone is welcome.