Tuesday 10 October 2017 5.11pm
I echo these sentiments.
What I think would be great to hear is what people have tried, what has worked, and any other ideas so that we can try to make a difference.
1) If they are handing out cards, take one. Email a polite note explaining that the behaviour is intrusive and disruptive and that - while everyone is free to preach - others should also be entitled to be free from nuisance. I think it's important to sound reasonable to potentially win someone over.
2) If there is no reply and the issue is persisting, or if there is a reply that is belligerent, try replying pointing out that in your view this is both a nuisance/breach of the peace issue and also a noise issue. Try also copying in the relevant local community police team and perhaps Southwark's noise/nuisance /antisocial behaviour teams. The latter isn't quite right, but may take an interest - the challenge is that this falls between pillar and post. The noise team will, by default, say that if they can't attend your flat it's not something they can deal with but between them, antisocial and the police something might get resolved. If nothing else, a church seeing it is being copied into official complaints channels might start to take the issue more seriously and if the council doesn't follow up you can challenge them on why.
3) Raise the issue the next time there is a local community policing meeting, either directly or via representatives (TRA if one is hosting, councillors if not) etc. Though I would caution that councillors are unlikely to go against a large group of voters, so be realistic about that.
BTW - there's a nice summary of some relevant law here, but it would only apply to late night noise. I'm not sure what Southwark's bylaws are: https://www.westminster.gov.uk/loudspeaker-consent