Church reopens in centre of regeneration project symbolising rebirth of community

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    St Rollox Church is the first public space to open in Sighthill in Glasgow after the local authority forced it to move in order to redevelop the area for new housing.

    The church said the new building is a flexible and versatile, multi-purpose space that symbolises the “rebirth” of the area.

     

    Rev Jane Howitt, minister of St Rollox Church, said: “We are hugely excited.

    “It is a very light and airy facility in the heart of a new and growing community, a place where everyone is welcome and can call home.”

    The district in the north of the city is currently being transformed through an ambitious £250 million regeneration project – the largest in the UK outside of London.

    The long awaited opening on Sunday ended a tumultuous period for the congregation who were told in 2014 that they had to leave their old church building on Fountainwell Road half a mile away.

    It was subject to a compulsory purchase order by Glasgow City Council which needed the land to build a new access road to Sighthill, where hundreds of new homes, a new school and shops are being built.

    Described as a “real asset” to the community, the new building construction was funded by the local authority and furnished by the Church of Scotland.

    The congregation, one of the most diverse in Scotland because 85 per cent of people who attend were born outside the UK and see themselves as ‘New Scots’, have been…

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