Talks have taken placed between the Church of Scotland and interested parties around the future of an historic A-listed Aberdeen kirk.
The Church of Scotland is conducting a major review of its buildings,and in Aberdeen nearly half its kirks could be disposed of under the current Presbytery plan.
However, the future is unclear for the city centre Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting as that same presbytery plan reveals it has been “unable to make a determination in relation to the building”.
Last night, planning convener for the Presbytery of Aberdeen, Reverend Scott Rennie, said: “Our report on buildings recognises the significance of the Kirk of St Nicholas to the city of Aberdeen and the role it has played in civic and religious life.
“The Presbytery of Aberdeen has been meeting with those who use and have a longstanding interest in the building and is having conversations around its long-term future.
“These conversations will continue.”
Hazlehead, Queens Cross and Countesswells councillor Martin Greig added: “St Nicholas is an extremely important place of history and worship.
“The building and many of its contents are recognised as crucial elements of the city’s heritage.
“The oil chapel has enormous value today and for the future and deserves special attention.
“The site is a crucial part of the city’s identity located right in the middle of town.”