PEOPLE in Stanley are hoping to preserve the memory of their church with a garden if plans to demolish it go ahead.
Wakefield Diocese has outlined plans to bulldoze St Peter’s Church after 11 years of it standing derelict.
It has fallen victim to vandalism over the years, and last week had its wooden seats, altar and lead water pipes stolen, leaving it flooded.
At a public consultation this week more than 100 people from the community rallied together to plead their case for a memorial of the landmark.
Speaking at the meeting Jeremy Tipping, from the Church Commissioners for England said they hoped for something to be retained from the stonework to create a memorial in the church’s footprint.
He also said that there were no plans for homes to be built on graves in the churchyard.
Residents welcomed this, but called for the diocese to include the community on working towards saving the church’s unique twin tower design
George Parfitt, founder of stanleyhistoryonline.com, said: “We realise that the church is never going to be a church again - it’s a dangerous building that needs addressing. But it’s an important landmark and something should be retained to remember it by.”
A statement from the diocese said its attempts to save the building had been thwarted by the costs of repairs, and that it was a sad day for everyone involved.