Birmingham City Council have become the latest local authority to appease Muslims by granting planning permission for a controversial new mosque against the wishes of many of the local residents.
Just like the approved planning for the new mosque in Derby which i recently posted about. Objections against the planning by those living in the area once again fell on deaf ears.
As with almost every new mosque construction lack of car parking and congestion of the surrounding roads are one of the major concerns raised. Yet the Muslims involved in the planning bit usually come out with the claims that those Muslims who will attend the mosque will walk there, Experience tells us that in reality that soon goes out of the window once the mosques open. Come Friday afternoon prayer times you can be certain that the car park will be brimming and every single inch of space where you can get a car in surrounding the mosque, regardless of if its blocking somebodies driveway, double yellow lines or on the pavement will be filled with countless badly parked cars and taxis. Come end of prayers the surrounding roads will be reminicent of Islamabad high street at rush hour. Gridlocked with impatient Muslims honking their horn non stop.
Empty garage on New Coventry Road, Sheldon
Plans to turn a disused car workshop into a mosque have been approved despite warnings of traffic queues and chaos.
Residents and local councillors raised objections over the plans to open the prayer centre in the former garage at 155 New Coventry Road in Sheldon .
The Manarat Foundation wants to relocate claiming it has outgrown its current venue further along Coventry Road.
The derelict garage car park can accommodate a maximum of 41 cars, but it is estimated that up to 200 people could attend Friday prayers leaving dozens of cars queuing along the busy road to get in.
Coun Tony Ludlow (Lib Dem, Lyndon), speaking on behalf of residents, said they fear the roads behind would become blocked with parked cars. “The provision of parking must be improved,” he said and warned that a residents’ parking permit scheme would be considered if the roads behind were regularly blocked.
Planning committee members warned that, with an Aldi store opposite, a Tesco and local centre nearby the mosque could gridlock the already busy Coventry Road as cars queue to go in.
Coun Carol Jones (Lib Dem, Stechford and Yardley North) said: “There’s a lot of busy junctions near here. If there’s a problem getting in there’s going to be a long tailback.”
The committee was advised that the 41 spaces were an improvement on the existing mosque, which has no parking spaces at all.
Coun Gareth Moore (Cons, Erdington) said: “It is an improvement, but it is still not enough to accommodate hundreds of people showing up for Friday prayers.”
The committee insisted that there was a condition placed on the planning permission guaranteeing that the car parking is marshaled at peak times. The mosque was also urged to encourage worshippers to walk or take public transport to the venue.
The committee voted by five to four to approve the relocation.