Dagenham church in bid to open new branch in Stratford
PUBLISHED: 14:30 01 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:30 01 August 2018
A church with a branch in Dagenham is promising to tackle drugs, gangs and violence and open a food bank if it is granted permission to open a branch five miles away.
The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, which has a branch in Romford Road, is proposing to convert Bow County Court in Stratford into a ‘heritage hub’ with a chapel, café and office.
The church said it has started a programme to engage with the community and pledged to run a food bank and seminars to address issues of ‘drugs, gangs, violence and early pregnancies’ if planning permission is granted.
The church, which was set up in Nigeria in 1981, bought the building from the Ministry of Justice for £3.5million last year.
It has 160 branches in 10 different countries.
The church declined to comment further.
Newham Council will make a decision at a later date.