Picture: Father Stavros with his parishioners giving the thumbs up to the good news
Parishioners of a local Orthodox Church were celebrating this week on news that proposed parking restrictions have been scrapped. The Greek Orthodox Cathedral Church of St Nicholas was established in 1965 and was facing the extension of parking permit regulations to include Sundays. The proposals were suggested by Hammersmith and Fulham Council after the Cabinet member for Parking started consulting for a new parking scheme. The Shepherds Bush based Church was confronting permit restrictions in and around Godolphin Road where the church has nestled for over 50 years.
The parishioners led by Father Stavros and advised by one of the Church Wardens, Stephen Alambritis, arranged for a petition to be sent to the council. Furthermore the church committee chaired by Tony Yerolemou took the matter seriously and made sure the church responded to the council consultation with relevant arguments. The church is based in Zone J for parking purposes and the council has written to the church committee stating that parking controls will remain as normal. This means that during the Sunday Divine Liturgy the parishioners can park freely. Commenting on the good news Father Stavros said “I want to thank my committee, Stephen Alambritis and the parishioners for getting us to this happy position. I also want to thank the council in Hammersmith & Fulham for listening to us”