Great news from South Woodford. Local residents have been fighting plans to demolish and rebuild a large “community centre” and place of worship.
The local council has finally seen sense , and allocated a separate planning meeting to decide its fate. So far 288 objections have been received , with the final number likely to be much higher.
The application from the Qurani Murkuz Trust is very slick , with their architects claiming that Islamic buildings are a part of Britain`s heritage. I THINK NOT ! .
As usual the application is full of tales of their virtuous contributions to the local community. Strange that the local residents are unaware of any of them. And as usual the applicants maths are a bit dodgy. The capacity is 250 , with 64% of the worshippers arriving by car (clearly not locals). The applicants lease a council car park with 90 spaces…leaving them short of 70 spaces !! But this won`t cause a problem apparently.
The QMT isn`t a charity , so who exactly is paying for this ?
With the local council elections due in May next year , local councillors seeking re election should probably pay attention to their voters !
We`ll update the page with the result in November.