Category Archives: Trends

Community Centres.

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A worrying new trend has developed allowing “stealth mosques” to spring up at formerly council owned community centres.

As local authorities look to unload any financial burdens, many are leasing out council owned and publicly built community centres to “community associations” to manage.

There seems to be little restriction on who can set up a community association, and little due dilligence from the councils as to how it will be run.

Community centres benefit from a generic D1 use permission, and as such can be used as a place of worship.

One community centre in Barking & Dagenham has already been handed over to a “community association”, who`s first order of business was to issue a council approved sub let to the local Islamic Association (who have been monopolising the centre for years). Local residents now face years of parking Jihad every Friday with little protection from the council.

There have already been documented cases of community centres being run covertly as mosques. The one in the story below has banned alcohol and music from the centre.

http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/10828223.Investigation_launched_into_community_centre_after_mosque_claims/?ref=mr

Unless the community associations clearly breach any conditions or rules included in their lease (relating to use or inclusion), there is little that you can do legally.

We advise that you check with your local councillors, if a community association is being formed to manage your local community center…get yourself involved.

 

 

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Lorries And Worshipers Don`t Mix !

 

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A worrying new trend is emerging. There have been three recent mosque applications based on industrial estates. The attraction is clear , no local residents who will object and a cheap large unit to rent or buy.

It first came to our attention last year , when we reported on a withdrawn planning application in Chettisham , Ely.

https://mosqueblock.wordpress.com/2014/04/

 

What is obvious , is that you`ll need a slightly different strategy to fight these application.

1. SAFETY , SAFETY , SAFETY.

The close proximity of worshipers (and possibly children) is your trump card. Check out the other users of the industrial estate , do any of them operate HGV`s or heavy plant machines ?  You might want to drop a line to the Health and Safety Executive (if they haven`t been consulted).

https://extranet.hse.gov.uk/lfserver/external/concern1

Also consider contacting the Highways Agency.

http://www.highways.gov.uk/about-us/contact-us/

Don`t forget to use the planning application reference.

 

2. LOSS OF EMPLOYMENT LAND.

Does the area have a high level of unemployment ? Does the local council have a section in their Core Strategy about protecting employment land ? Has a business been run on the site within the last 5 years. These are all points you can use.

 

3. PARKING.

Our favorite old chestnut , work out the capacity…..0.5m2 per person (you`ll find the dimensions on the planning application form).  A recent application in Essex , has 8 parking spaces for a capacity of 500+

4. TRAFFIC GENERATION..

Most industrial parks are out of town , with poor transport links….meaning that worshipers will have to drive. This will of course generate extra traffic and disturbance on local roads.

 

 

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