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Holloway church gets green light for tower

I think we can do it in about two to three years. The power of the congregation is not to be underestimated.

06 September, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Father Gideon Wagay outside the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Eden Grove

PLANS to crown a church with a tower more than 150 years after it was first envisioned moved a step forward as town hall chiefs granted planning permission.

Father Gideon Wagay, parish priest at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Eden Grove, Holloway, said he was “excited” by the prospect of finally completing the building.

A lack of funds meant the tower was never built at the church designed by Victorian architect Frederick Pownall.

Fr Gideon added that parishioners were “out in force” on Tuesday evening and were delighted when the planning committee gave the plans a green light.

But the church believes it will cost almost half-a-million pounds to build the tower. Fundraising could take about two years.

As the Tribune previously reported, some residents living nearby objected to the proposed 15.5metre tower, saying it will cast a shadow on their homes and ruin views across the capital.

Fr Gideon, parish priest for 16 years, said of the planners’ decision: “We are excited and it is good news, but this is where the hard work begins. We have to start fundraising now.

“I think we can do it in about two to three years. The power of the congregation is not to be underestimated.”

He added: “I think we dealt with the objections at the meeting. Now we are grateful for the opportunity to finally finish the tower.”

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