Birmingham Residents Halt Mosque Car Park Bid On Land Council Sold For £1
The plot, sold for £1, has now been saved by campaigners who wanted it to remain an open space
The legal move means it can no longer be concreted and must stay an open space. Instead there are plans to turn the plot in Aston, Birmingham, into a £60,000 community garden.
City councillor Tony Kennedy, who supported the fight to save the strip of grass, said: “Every community should have a village green. It is in the finest traditions of England.
“It is in the midst of a dense housing area and residents need places like this to escape. A lot of paving over is going on but thankfully this little bit of paradise has been saved.”
The land struggles to live up to the image of a traditional English village green. It sits in the shadow of Aston Villa FC’s Villa Park stadium and was once the site of 25 terraced houses.
Every community should have a village green. It is in the finest traditions of England
The plot is still owned by the Masjid Faizul Islam Mosque but they no longer have permission to develop it.
Registering land as a village green effectively protects it from development forever and is used to frustrate unwanted planning applications.
Local people have to prove the land has been used for informal sports and leisure for at least 20 years. But the Government is soon to outlaw the move where developers have already applied for permission to build.
Posted on July 3, 2013, in ISLAM IN THE NEWS, MOSQUES, STEALTH JIHAD and tagged APPEASING, ASTON, £1, BIRMINGHAM, CAR PARK, COUNCIL, ISLAM, LAND, MOSQUE, MUSLIM APPEASERS, RESIDENTS, SCANDAL, VILLA PARK, VILLAGE GREEN. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.