The Property Committee oversees the fabric of all the church buildings, all of which are A-listed. Major works projects are put out to tender, while some parishioners volunteer to do smaller jobs requiring only payment for materials.
The Property Committee is responsible for the upkeep of the property; day-to-day maintenance and periodic inspection and testing of the various installed systems. The Committee members and their assigned responsibilities are as follows:
Fr Kevin Douglas
Church and presbytery heating systems
John Smith and Angus MacKellaig
Fire alarms & emergency lighting systems
Bill Douglas and Archie Cairns
Miscellaneous minor works
Asbestos Removal & Heating Installation Works
In recent weeks, our contractors have been preparing for the start of the asbestos removal and heating installation works in the church, in readiness for the Scottish Government’s lifting of restrictions on such activities.
In the light of the First Minister’s announcement on 18 June, Acron Asbestos Ltd will start to remove all asbestos contaminated material from the church basement on Monday 22 June.
The detailed arrangements for this work have been approved by the Health and Safety Executive. We expect that the works will last for five weeks and should be completed by Friday 24 July.
Our current plans are that Lothian Heating services will take over the site to start work on the church replacement heating system on Monday 17 August. We expect this work to take eight weeks with completion planned for Friday 9 October.
From Monday 22 June, the contractor’s personnel will be active in the church and surrounding premises, including the basement area and garden in Falcon Gardens; and the church courtyard where a personnel decontamination unit will be sited.
Clearly, entry to the church, parish room and toilets is not permissible under any circumstances. In addition, for safety reasons, the arrangements set out below will apply.
Entry to the church courtyard is strictly forbidden except:
- to allow Fr Kevin and Fr Brown access to their respective front doors
- to enable Royal Mail and other essential deliveries to be made
- by appointment made in advance with Fr Kevin.
These plans and arrangements are subject to developing circumstances and any changes will be announced through the parish newsletter and website.
In the meantime, day-to-day oversight of the works is being handled for the parish by John Wastle.
Contact: John Wastle Tel: 0131 447 3442