Rev. Desmond Hall of the City Mission Church, Harlesden that has been threated with eviction from its premises by developers Fruition, has just commented:
As a result of the collective effort and the intervention of Andy Slaughter MP, Mr David Lunt, the CEO of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, (OPDC) spoke to the Trustees of the church, expressing his full support for the church by promising to have open dialogue with the developers to restore matters.
OPDC intend to act as brokers for the situation.
The Trustees of the church have expressed their deep gratitude to everyone involved, even though as yet the situation is not fully resolved. Today, the outcome is moving in the right direction.
Cllr Jumbo Chan (Kensal Green ward) said:
I fully support the local church, including their demand to stay. Indeed, it is especially important during such uncertain times that valuable community assets such as the church (and the nursery) are not cast away for the sake of profit. I am therefore perturbed that, and despite Brent Council’s formal designation of the site as an Asset of Community Value, profiteers are seeking to eject the church.