In June 2011, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association lodged a confident planning application for a – you guessed it! – “community centre” in Uxbridge.
But there is already a community centre next door! We all know how Islam has always bent over backwards to promote wellbeing in the country it inflicts itself upon (whoops! I mean “enriches with its presence”!), but building a new community centre smack next door to an existing one is too much even by their standards. Surely the mosque outfit are not being coy about a mosque proposal?!
Given their confident tone, imagine our surprise when this application was pulled a week ago, and an appeal lodged for “non-determination”. The mosque outfit didn’t want to wait for the Council decision. Fancy that!
Could this have anything to do with the number of objections coming in against the application?
Just to recap: in 2010 the Muslim Association applied to turn the Hillingdon Irish Centre members club into a “community centre”. They withdrew that application rather than get a refusal. But they reapplied in June 2011, this time offering 2 extra car spaces!
Local people objected, and the Law and Freedom Foundation helped them. More local objections went to the Council Planning Department, and the mosque promoters have now taken matters out of the Council’s hands by going straight to appeal. And it’s a “written” appeal, i.e. nowhere for awkward locals to show up and express their points of view.
Technically, you don’t have to wait for a decision in order to appeal against it. But this is rare, especially after the application is still new – less than 3 months old. This mosque outfit didn’t like the reception they were getting, and with good reason.
Remember, these are the guys that stopped the Mosque expansion in England a month or so ago. They do good and important work and deserve our support.