Round one to us in Uxbridge!
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! Building a community centre smack next door to an existing one seems overgenerous even to me. Surely the mosque organisation are not being coy about a mosque proposal?
This application was pulled a week ago, and an appeal lodged for “non-determination”. The mosque promoters didn’t want to wait for the Council decision.
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 all of 2 extra car spaces.
Local people objected, and we 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 organisation didn’t like the reception they were getting, and with good reason.
Round 1 to us. If you want to help us win round 2, then please click here, and find out how to register your objections to the Appeal. Make sure you do it – even if the Planning Inspectorate don’t read them, they count them!
Royal Lane is crowded and extremely vulnerable. The site lies between 3 schools (Bishopshalt School, Meadow Special School, and Meadow High School next door), and Hillingdon Hospital. Just look on Google Earth to see the parking restrictions – postcode UB8 3QU. Here’s the location:
Safe traffic flows are essential and will be harmed by the parking overspill that will result. The road surface is already under severe strain due to potholes caused by heavy traffic. This is the wrong proposal in the wrong place. Even before you take into account the congestion, disturbance, and general parking jihad that usually accompany a mosque.