Immanuel International Christian Ministries Church in Walthamstow agrees to stop towing threats

A CHURCH which threatened to tow cars parked on public land outside its building has agreed to stop issuing 'warning' notices to motorists.

The Immanuel International Christian Ministries in Walthamstow posted leaflets ordering drivers not to park on a patch of tarmac next to the pavement in Marlowe Road at the rear of its church.

The church threatened to tow and impound cars, while also claiming it was about to fence off the area.

But Waltham Forest Council has confirmed it owns the land and the church had no right to make such threats.

Shopkeeper Linda Bracey, of nearby Electro Signs in Vallentin Road, said she was "shocked" when she saw the warning notices pinned to her car.

She said: "Cars have been parking on that bit of land for at least 35 years and I was very surprised to find the leaflets.

"There are no signs and when I checked with the council they said it was fine to park there.

"I can't believe a church would act that way and threaten to take away vehicles when they had no right to do so."

After an initial flurry of leaflets earlier this month the church then attached "final notices" to the windscreens of cars which said: "This is private land...cars parked here will be towed away".

A council spokesman said: "it is our land. We had a letter from the church asking to have the land so they could fence it off, to which we said no.

"As we understand it the church has accepted the position and advised that they will stop putting notices on cars.

"Going forward, the council is progressing development proposals for the Marlowe Road Estate and the precinct area and this land is included in this regeneration project.

"We will look at accommodating all needs in the area as part of this scheme."

He said details of the proposals could not be revealed as they were still at the "ideas stage".

The Guardian was unable to contact the church for a comment at the time of going to press.

 

 

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1:23pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Dave mp says...

I have lived in Vallentin Road for over 30 years and always believed this bit of land was owned by the church. Previous neighbours of mine used to park their untaxed vehicles there also believing it to be private land owned by the church. They never got caught.
I always wondered why they did not fence it off.
I have lived in Vallentin Road for over 30 years and always believed this bit of land was owned by the church. Previous neighbours of mine used to park their untaxed vehicles there also believing it to be private land owned by the church. They never got caught. I always wondered why they did not fence it off. Dave mp

3:13pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Sam Hain says...

Exemplary Christian behaviour, I'm sure!
Exemplary Christian behaviour, I'm sure! Sam Hain

3:35pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

Not exactly in the Spirit of the Lord really?
Not exactly in the Spirit of the Lord really? Cornbeefur

4:26pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Trevor 2 says...

'Love thy neighbour'? Not if your with one of these loony offshoot churches!!
'Love thy neighbour'? Not if your with one of these loony offshoot churches!! Trevor 2

10:57am Thu 29 Nov 12

Walthamster says...

This shows the true face of these so-called churches. The leaders know they do not own the land, as they asked the council to give it to them and the council refused.

Like the UCKG, they're good at making money, but I've never heard of them benefiting any area they set up shop in.
This shows the true face of these so-called churches. The leaders know they do not own the land, as they asked the council to give it to them and the council refused. Like the UCKG, they're good at making money, but I've never heard of them benefiting any area they set up shop in. Walthamster

12:20pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Dave mp says...

How true 'Walthamster'. I now wonder why a lot of my neighbours and myself thought this was 'Church' land. Like yourself i can't see how any of these so called 'churches' benefit anyone except their own greedy selves.
How true 'Walthamster'. I now wonder why a lot of my neighbours and myself thought this was 'Church' land. Like yourself i can't see how any of these so called 'churches' benefit anyone except their own greedy selves. Dave mp

1:44pm Thu 29 Nov 12

mdj says...

So they'll just carry on threatening us with the flames of hell instead: result!
So they'll just carry on threatening us with the flames of hell instead: result! mdj

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