The long, sorry saga of the Dudley mosque took a serious turn for the better on 19th September. The Council refused permission for the detailed design for this eyesore.
Just look at it:
This was to be the site that greeted visitors to Dudley, next to the “Welcome to Dudley” sign!
So, fortunately, the Council displayed a little sense, and said it was domineering and unwelcome – an understatement.
You can watch the arguments that we made to the Planning Committee above: the building would be flat contravention of a condition imposed by previous appeal decision; and the traffic problems and general parking jihad would make local residents’ lives a misery.
Also, it is hard to see how a Local Authority has the power to grant planning permission for a mosque, since the purpose of a mosque is to promote a doctrine that incites killing, enslavement and war. You don’t need to be a skilled lawyer to understand this point – you have to be a skilled lawyer to find a way around it.
You can also see the Dudley Muslim Association’s pitiful reaction in this BBC report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-14994649
Do the people of Dudley know that their Council is “institutionally Islamophobic“? Or that “Dudley Planning committee are driven by the influence of bigotry, racism and Islamophobia”?!
Mosque applicants have had it too easy too long, and can’t believe their luck is changing.
We won, and they lost, this time. But it isn’t a complete victory: they still have another 3 years to bring forward a less ugly, less dangerous design. So people will have to keep an eye out.
If local people stay alert, this should be one long, slow disappointment for the Dudley Mosque Association, and for others like it.