Work begins on Christ Church New Malden development

Dry rot: The vicarage was on its last legs

Dry rot: The vicarage was on its last legs

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A Victorian vicarage is being demolished to make way for a new carbon neutral one, plus flats and houses.

Demolition works to the vicarage at Christ Church in Coombe Road, New Malden, began this week.

Councillors three years ago rejected redevelopment plans put forward by the church for flats, semi-detached houses and a two-storey church, but this was overthrown on appeal.

Vicar Stephen Kuhrt said: "It was built to be impressive and that’s why people don’t want it to go. But we have kept a lot of the historical stuff that was inside.

"We want to build a church for the future - a carbon neutral vicarage, a new church hall and some houses. It will make better use of the land. I am in favour of it."

Mr Kuhrt, of Woodside Road, said he was the first vicar since the building was built in 1874, not to live in the vicarage.

He said: "It was riddled in dry rot."

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12:20am Fri 22 Aug 14

SeanGee says...

Disgraceful act of vandalism. The vicarage was an important part of New Malden's history. It did not just belong to the church. That it was allowed to deteriorate to such an extent was wilful neglect. No amount of shoulder shrugging and trendy jargon will mask the laziness, greed, disregard for our cultural heritage and fundamental dishonesty that has characterised this ugly episode. Everyone involved should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. History will not judge them kindly but I doubt they care.
Disgraceful act of vandalism. The vicarage was an important part of New Malden's history. It did not just belong to the church. That it was allowed to deteriorate to such an extent was wilful neglect. No amount of shoulder shrugging and trendy jargon will mask the laziness, greed, disregard for our cultural heritage and fundamental dishonesty that has characterised this ugly episode. Everyone involved should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. History will not judge them kindly but I doubt they care. SeanGee
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