Why we win: Blackpool November 28th 2011
If you oppose a mosque planning application you will win.
You’ve got to do it with confidence; you’ve got to laugh at the nonsense about islamophobia; and you’ve got to keep the pressure up.
If you do, you will win.
That is the lesson from Blackpool, 28th November 2011, when the Planning Committee were forced to refuse permission for the Noor a-Madina mosque.
And they refused it unanimously. The facts, strength of local opinion, and the professional help we were able to give, left no choice.
The Law and Freedom Foundation tried to film proceedings, a burly guard stuck his gut in front of the camera and ordered it off. Filming committee meetings is quite legal, and encouraged by the government.
Here’s a still of his belly, with Councillors behind and Gavin Boby of the Law and Freedom Foundation to the left:
Councils are opportunistic. They like the PC gravy train, and like to pass mosque planning applications on the quiet, like a vicar passing gas at high tea.
The front-lady for the mosque is Mrs. Tasurraf Shah. We are not sure that she is so nice a person as she looks:
Their imam is the less inclusive Qari Muhammad Zaman Qadri. Here he is in High Wycombe, in historic High Wycombe costume:
Ms. Shah claims on her website:
“I am a member of the Race equality and planning cammitee @ the Town Hall. Im am a qualified Interpreter and would also want to give law facillity for Immagration here on the FYLDE.I am a mother of 7…”
Did this have anything to do with the history of this case?
- The Noor a-Madina mosque had operated unlawfully in the row of shop buildings at 189-199 Waterloo Road, FY4 2AE, since August 2010, and the Council allowed them to get away with it.
- The registered owner – Mrs. Shah – launched an appeal to raise £1.5m to build a huge new mosque on the site.
- In December 2010 Mrs Shah applied for planning permission to use the takeaway as mosque. This was refused. You would think this was the end of the story, but no.
- Why the delay? Meetings between senior Council officers and Ms. Shah, “a member of the Race equality and planning cammitee @ the Town Hall”, resulted in the enforcement officer being told to hold off enforcement proceedings.
One year later, the application was back in front of the Planning Committee, and permission was refused. The Council Officers, who hoped to usher this one through, wrote a shameful report recommending that Councillors let the Officers grant the planning permission.
If they hoped this would get the Councillors off the hook, they were wrong.
The Law and Freedom Foundation, acting for the Waterloo Road Residents’ Action Group, reminded the Councillors of the highways dangers, and that the Councillors would be held accountable for their decision.
The mosque describes itself as follows: “Currently, there are two 200-person capacity buildings at the mosque; three remain under development” .
5 x 200 = 1,000 person capacity. With 4 parking spaces. And they had the gall to claim that parking would be “adequate to cater for the number of visitors using the site at peak times”.
The disturbance to residents of the narrow Victorian terraced streets behind the mosque would have been unacceptable, and it is heartless of the Council to have allowed it for so long simply because the residents are poor and unused to creating a fuss.
Propagating islamic doctrine is contrary to incitement law, public order law, hate speech law, and equalities law. You don’t need to be a lawyer to understand this: the Koran calls 3 times for unbelievers to be killed wherever they are found, and 14 times for them to be enslaved, including sex slavery.
In the end, none of the Councillors could bring themselves to vote in for planning permission: you could hear the crickets chirp when the chairman asked if anyone wanted to vote in favour of this application.
In the town of Charlene Downes, the 14 year old girl plied with drugs, pimped, raped, murdered, her body disposed of in the foulest way imaginable, and her killers rewarded with a government payout of £250,000 each.
In the town of Paige Chivers, groomed, exploited, and ‘disappeared’ in Blackpool.
We only hope that their families will take no offence if we offer the work that has gone into opposing this mosque as a small tribute to their memory.