At Tuesday night’s “Save our Beeston” residents meeting which was also attended by Angela Gabriel and Adam Ogilvie, Bill Birch read out the latest letter submitted to the Planning Department to bring everyone in attendance up to speed on where we are with our objections.
Angela and Adam then confirmed that they along with their colleagues David Congreve and Hillary Benn were upholding the “Save our Beeston” objection and would be making their decision unequivocally clear to the Planning Committee in the near future and that based on their view the traffic would cause a massive problem that would be unacceptable to the residents of Beeston.
The councillors were also mindful of Aspiring Communities being economical with the truth about the information submitted with the planning application being not for a “Community Centre” but for The National Masjid (Mosque) for the Sufi Naqshbandi Branch of Islam which in the words of Uthman Nawaz would bring many thousands of followers to Beeston on a weekly basis.
At this stage it is hoped that the Planning Department will reject the application as being inappropriate and untruthful and that Aspiring Communities withdraw their determination to build something that the vast majority of residents in Beeston do not need or want. There was a 96% objection to the Application. The 4% supporting the application contained spurious addresses and even addresses that were not actually theirs but were the addresses of genuine people that had lodged objections.
However, it was felt that The Non Islamic members of The Aspiring Communities Steering Committee were not party to the deceit displayed by Aspiring Communities and acted in good faith if displaying a little naïveté in the process.
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