Churches planning to take over empty business park units are threatening to undermine the viability of firms struggling in the downturn, a leading forum has warned.Gosh! And I thought the churches were struggling. How can this be?
Creekmouth Forum spoke out as councillors prepared to look at plans to open two new churches on an industrial site in Thames Road, Barking. One church is expected to draw more than 800 worshippers at peak time.That’s a lot of bums on
The forum of 250 Barking companies believes the places of worship could destroy the identity of Thames Road, cause too much traffic and fear they may have difficulties complying with health and safety regulations.Why should they fear that they might have difficulty complying with H&S? What sort of church is thi…
Barking and Dagenham Faith Forum said the increase in church applications was brought upon by changing demographics.Oh. I see what they mean now.
And I see the reason for that H&S concern too:
Separately, Pastor Stephen Ologun has made an application to take over empty industrial premises to open a Redeemed Christian Church of God in Selinas Lane, Dagenham.Really? How long before we hear about this sort of 'blessing' happening at these new mega-churches, I wonder?
He said: “Our presence does not in any way jeopardise the progress of the business community.
“The presence of a church will only bring a blessing.”