Thousands to have say on future of blaze-hit Eastwood chapel

Eastwood chapel fire
Eastwood chapel fire

Thousands of local residents are to be asked to have their say on the future of the Eastwood Cemetery Chapel, which was destroyed by an arson attack.

At a Broxtowe Borough Council Cabinet meeting on Tuesday night (June 3), councillors agreed to hold a public consultation on the future plans for the landmark chapel.

The consultation will be sent to 2,000 residents in the vicinity of the chapel off Chewton Street and will also be available on the council’s website.

Plans under consideration for the building include complete demolition and removal.

Also being proposed is the sale of the remaining shell for domestic purposes, demolition down to a low wall level as a reminder of what used the be there, or a complete reconstruction and restoration.

Cllr Milan Radulovic, the leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, says that he is supporting the plans to rebuild.

“The chapel is a vital part of Eastwood heritage, I want to improve the building and put it to good use,” he said.

“Do you knock down a building just because vandals have damaged it? Do you let them win?

“I’m fully supporting the plans to restore it, but we want the public who pay their taxes to give us their views on what they would like to see happen.”

The questionnaire being sent out to residents is required to be returned by Wednesday June 18 and asks people to choose from a list of proposals.

A total of 25 firefighters attended a blaze at the chapel in the early hours of Wednesday April 9.

It took them six hours to fight the flames that had engulfed the building.