here are concerns St Pauls cathedral could close after tourism cash fell dramatically during the Covid pandemic.
Those who run the London landmark now say the building is rotting with buckets catching water leaking from the roof.
St Paul’s is facing its worst financial crisis in 300 years after the building’s income–heavily reliant on tourism–dropped by 90 per cent in 2020 when it was forced to close during lockdowns, the BBC reported.
Dean of St Paul’s, the Very Rev Dr David Ison, told the BBC “big decisions” were needed.
St Pauls annual running costs amount to £8m per year. The cathedral gets more than £3million from the government’s £1.5bn culture recovery fund,
A renovation project to fix a lead roof, dating back centuries, has been shelved and although some staff have been furloughed, a restructure has seen almost 25 per cent made redundant.
Oliver Caroe, the surveyor of fabric at St Pauls, said the building was “rotting” and his team currently have to patch things up and seal the gaps, but “there’s only so long you can do that for”.
He told the BBC: “We have collections under these roofs, really precious objects, and there are buckets next to them, covered in plastic because the roof leaks.
“I think everyone would be shocked if this building ran into trouble. It is in trouble now.”
St Paul’s Cathedral choir, who have existed since the 13th Century, due to costs.
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