Another mosque imposed on the people of Redbridge – Could there be council collusion involved?
It seems as if the appeasement of Islam by the London Borough of Redbridge is continuing apace with the granting of permission for land that was formerly occupied by a Salvation Army hall in Newbury Park to be turned into a mosque.
A correspondent to this blog has said that he has local knowledge of the area and has supplied background to this story. Some of what has been said about the behaviour of those involved in is quite worrying, and there may be more behind this particular case and the applicants for planning permission for it than meets the eye.
Although the planning permission to turn this land into a single story mosque was granted back in 2012 there doesn’t appear to have been any meaningful communication by Redbridge planning department with local residents in this area. They should have been notified in some way in writing about what is a quite major development in their immediate area. What is also suspicious is when you look at the planning decision documents the applicant is only referred to as ‘Mr B’ of ‘The Trustees Newbury Park Islamic Cultural Centre, 27, Lyndhurst Gardens, Ilford, Essex, IG2 7DH.’
There are two questions that Redbridge Council need to answer regarding this case. The first is that why were local residents who may have a planning interest in any development of the site not notified by letter about this plan because there appear to be many residents whose enjoyment of their property may well be affected by issues such as parking problems caused by the new development. The second issue that needs to be addressed by Redbridge is why they have allowed the applicant to remain nameless on the application, something that is noticable when compared to other decided applications visible on the Redbridge council website.
It appears that whatever Islamic group has now decided to claim the site in earnest has erected what has been described as a ‘big green shed, with no windows and covered with cctv cameras.’ Those attending this building don’t exactly appear to be endearing themselves with the neighbours with groups of Muslim men allegedly staring in a hostile manner at any local person who sees them entering the building.
There is very little background as to the make up of the Newbury Park Islamic Cultural Centre’s governing committee and also no indication as to who ‘Mr B’ could be. It isn’t apparent from looking at the mosque’s website exactly how extreme this organisation is, but from reading between the lines parts of the Masjid’s website, this mosque is not intended to serve an existing population of Muslims, but is instead intended to serve as part of an ongoing Dawa (Islamic evangelisation) project to bring Islam to areas like Newbury Park were it was not before. There is a strong current of supremacism about this project including on their ask the Imaam pages an article which says disparaging things about both the Christian bible and the Jewish Torah and how they are ‘corrupted’ and that only the Koran is true and unchanging. This attitude to the Koran is present in those groups that have an uncompromising and sometimes violent approach to Islam. An attitude of ‘no other path than Islam’ is a sign that these are not fluffy Ahmadiya Muslims. This mosque project, which is going to look a little like two ‘witches hats’, if the plan is anything to go by, and with what looks like limited car parking space, is going to dominate the area and cause immense traffic congestion.
If you wanted to take a great big crap on an area, so big a crap in fact that it makes life unpleasant for people and drives the original residents away, then you couldn’t do better than a domineering project like this. Especially if the project is essentially ‘sprung’ on them because of inadequate communication about planning proposals.
Someone, somewhere on the Council appears to have given this project an easier ride than it should have had, judging by the scale of the project and the potential for extreme disruption to the existing residents. From the alleged lack of communication with those most likely to be afflicted by this mosque, to the psudomnymous treatment of the applicant for planning permission, this case stinks of collusion. Whether that be collusion of the brown envelope of cash variety, or local politicos trying to grab a slice of the ‘whipped mosque vote’, or the sort of tribal and familial corruption that has been imported to Britain along with Pakistani immigrants, is unknown, but something isn’t right about this case nor do I have any confidence in the goodwill and honesty of the group behind it.
The Islamic group behind the ‘witches hats’ mosque planned for Newbury Park
The planning permission to the Islamic group
The location of the latest mosque monstrosity