Time for worship at clock and watch shop

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A CLOCK and watch repair shop is doubling up as a place of religious worship after receiving the green light from planners.

Robin Bowie, of Burry Road, applied to the borough council to allow the local branch of the Plymouth Brethren to use the premises.

Mr Bowie wants to use the building for worship between 5.30am and 6.30am on Sundays and 6.15pm and 7pm on Mondays for the next two years.

It was a retrospective application as the group has already been using the premises for the last 18 months.

The Plymouth Brethren is a conservative, Evangelical Christian movement, whose history can be traced back to Dublin, in the late 1820s.

On Wednesday, the borough’s planning committee heard nine letters of support were submitted and three letters of objection.

Residents were concerned about noise nuisance, particularly on Sunday mornings and parking along Burry Road.

A planning officer’s report stated that environmental health officers indicated ‘that these religious premises have a past record relating to complaints about noise’. But the county council’s highways team said it was satisfied that the traffic generated was not considered to be worthy of adding any conditions to the application.

Letters of support stated that those visiting the shop for religious purposes use the nearby Kiley’s Karpets car park rather than Burry Road itself.

The bid was given unanimous backing from the committee.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Bowie said: “We want to use the premises for our worship. We love our Lord Jesus Christ and we wish to follow in his ways. We have already been using the site for worship for the last 18 months.”