Polka Theatre Faculty Application

As part of the remodelling works that are currently being carried out by the Polka Theatre, they have been advised that they should have a direct route through the garden (that is between Holy Trinity Church and the Polka Theatre) and out on to The Broadway. Currently, the escape route involves an anti-clockwise 90 degree turn, followed by a clockwise 90 degree turn which is far from idea and if retained, safety requirements would see the theatre having to install expensive shutters to their front windows and find additional money on an on-going basis to maintain them.

In order to have a straight line escape route, a small portion of the boundary wall (between the grass in front of the church and The Broadway) needs to be demolished. The DCC and PCC are happy for this to happen, but we need the permission of the Diocese and so we have applied for a Faculty (which if granted means the work can go ahead).

Usually, we would display a Faculty Notice for 28 days both inside and outside the church so that people would see if, be able to view the relevant documents and contact the Registrar about the application directly. However, with the church closed, this is not possible so we are putting the information here and mentioning it in the notice sheet so that we are making as many people aware of the application.

The Faculty Notice can be downloaded in full here. The bulk of the text from this notice is copied below and links have been included so that the various documents can also be downloaded. If further information is required, please email the Parish Office.

NOTICE IS GIVEN that we are applying to the Consistory Court of the diocese for permission to carry out the following:

Alterations to the church's boundary wall, comprising: the demolition of a section of existing wall to create a new gateway, the construction of a new rendered/painted brick pier 'to match existing', the construction of a new section of wall to "infill" the existing (East-facing) gateway, and the relocation of the existing gates from the old to the new gateway. All as described in the following documents:

(A) Statement of Significance;

(B) Statement of Needs;

(C) emails from Lynette Shanbury dated 14th November 2019 and 5th March 2020;

(D) email from the Revd Mark Eminson dated 18 November 2019;

(E) one aerial photograph;

(F) three photographs 'as existing';

(G) one drawing from Foster Wilson Architects, ref 462.18.30, dated 05.03.2020.

Copies of the relevant plans and documents may be examined at

On request by emailing admin@ht-sw.org.uk or on the Holy Trinity Church website (www.ht-sw.org.uk)





Date 30/04/2020

If you wish to object to any of the works or proposals you should send a letter stating the grounds of your objection to The Diocesan Registrar at

Southwark Diocesan Registry
Winckworth Sherwood LLP
Minerva House,
5 Montague Close,

so that your letter reaches the registrar not later than 30/05/2020. A letter of objection must include your name and address and state whether you live in the parish and/or your name is entered on the church electoral roll of the parish or any other basis on which you have an interest in the matter.