Church ‘disturbing the peace

Thulani Gqirana

EARLY morning drumbeats, parking shortages, screaming youths and constant construction are just some of the issues Stanley Street residents claim they have had to deal with every Sunday since the Fathers House Family Church moved in.

The Richmond Hill residents are livid at what they call a gross invasion of peace and quiet by the church.

The fed-up residents say they have given up on having laid-back Sundays with family as they have to shout above the church noise just to have a conversation.

Residents’ Association spokesman Simon Clark said the issue between them and Fathers House began when the church moved to the premises on the corner of Glen Street in 2009.

“After numerous complaints, the church moved to its present location, in Stanley Street, which is equally poorly situated to cope with the demands it puts on the neighbourhood,” he said.

At the residents’ meeting on Wednesday night, the community were informed that the church planned to fence and lock the public open space next to it.

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