THE PENTECOSTAL church which took over the former cinema at 25 Church Road is hosting a New Year’s Eve event there with ‘celebration, drama, dance, praise, music’.The ‘Mighty Manifestations Night’ is billed as The KICC South West New Year’s Eve celebration 2012.
Advertising leaflets outside the former cinema building at 25 Church Road – which the local community want to see returned to its cinema use – show photos of four people: Noel Robinson, Dipo Oluyomi, Lara Martin and Shola Victor-Sajowa.
A publicity ‘blurb’ underneath the photos announces that Noel Robinson and Lara Martin are guest artists. KICC’s own website states that Dipo Oluyomi is its chief executive officer. He has also been described as ‘resident pastor KICC South West and London’. Shola Victor-Sajowa is described in Internet posts as ‘ has no doubt moved up the ranks as a major worship leader in KICC’ and ‘London-based gospel singer best known for her work in the KICC choir’.
The poster also features photos of the KICC SW TNT choir and the KICC SW choir. The announcement of the event will no doubt increase the concerns of some local people that KICC are trying to turn the building into a church – even though Bromley council have refused planning permission for such a change of use. The latest event comes hot on the heels of a gospel concert held in the building on November 17th.
In the wake of a post on Virtual Norwood earlier this year relating to an email from Bromley council, Bromley say an S330 notice has been sent to KICC. This is a notice requiring certain information as to interests in land and premises and in this case concerning the use of the building. ”This is part of an ongoing investigation in order to make an informed assessment as to whether a breach of planning control has occurred but I regret that the notice and the covering letter are exempt information and I am unable to provide a copy.”
Bromley council was asked what an S330 notice can actually ask for, what penalties there are (if any) for non-compliance and what act or acts this would come under? Bromley council was also asked to comment on a sentence in the email which states “It is also intended to report the external alterations to the building to a committee early in the new year. Please could you let me know what the apparent problem/s with any external alterations are?” A response is awaited.
Monday’s New Year’s Eve event is advertised as starting at 8pm but no time given for when it ends.