THE Catholic Church at
Garforth, Leeds, which collapsed nearly a year ago just before its opening, is to be rebuilt. Fr. L. A. Rimmer, the parish priest. said this week he was "happy" at the decision.
"No other decisions have been taken yet", said Fr. Rimmer. It is not known when reconstruction will commence nor an approximate completion date. However the church will be built to the same plans as before.
Garforth parishioners learned of the rebuilding in a letter from Abbot Hume of Ampleforth, which lent the original £40,000 contract price to the parish. Abbot Hume said that Ampleforth Abbey Trustees have decided not to charge interest for five years after the completion date to help the parishioners.
Following the collapse of the church last November, two weeks before it was due to open, three inquiries were held. The reports, from consultant engineers and a professor of civil engineering, apparently varied on the immediate cause of collapse.
The experts accept that their reports cover any weakness which could have caused collapse and fresh structural drawings will incorporate suggestions for strengthening the building.