Very good news coming out of Greater Manchester for a change. It seems that plans for a new mosque come stealth jihad control centre for the leafy suburbs of Altrincham and Hale have been shelved for now. The controversial construction project would have seen a new mosque built on green belt land.
The proposal caused fury amongst the local residents who vigorously opposed the Islamization of their area and took to the streets in vast numbers to protest against the mosque. Well done to all those involved.
Its a shame more ‘normal’ people in other areas facing mosque construction are not equally as passionate about blocking them being built in their own neighbourhoods. Instead of doing nothing as Islamization is taking hold on their doorsteps.
A Trafford Muslim group behind plans for a huge new Islamic community centre say they been put on hold following the announcement of Greater Manchester’s green belt masterplan rather than protests by residents.
The Altrincham and Hale Muslim Association (AHMA) want to build a new, 2,000 sq m, two-storey centre on green belt land in Timperley.
The controversial plans sparked a number of demonstrations, with hundreds of people taking to the streets – and more than 2,000 signing a petition opposing the new centre.
Bosses say they have outgrown their current base in nearby Hale and that there are no other suitable sites available.
The new centre would sit on disused land on Thorley Lane.
Protest over plans for a huge new Islamic community centre
Protest over plans for a huge new Islamic community centre (Photo: Manchester Evening News)
The association’s plans have now been withdrawn, with all traces removed from Trafford council’s website.
The group say the project has been put on hold because of the region’s 20-year housing plan, which includes proposals for sites on and around Thorley Lane.
The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) suggests building homes on the land, as well as community and commercial space, redrawing the green belt in the process.
AHMA bosses say they’ve put their plans on ice for the time being, pending ‘clarification’ of GMSF plans.
A spokesman for AHMA said: “As residents will be aware, it is proposed to amend the green belt and a number of sites around Thorley Lane are allocated in the draft GMSF for residential, commercial and community development, including the site of the proposed new AHMA community centre.
“With this in mind, the AHMA has decided to place on hold the planning application for at this time, until the situation relating to the GMSF has been clarified.
Peaceful protest over plans for a huge new Islamic community centre
Peaceful protest over plans for a huge new Islamic community centre (Photo: Manchester Evening News)
“However, the AHMA is committed to delivering the new facilities, which are so desperately needed for the growing local Muslim community.
“We will monitor the situation with the GMSF closely. We would like to thank the community and stakeholders who see the shared vision of this project and will endeavour to keep the local community updated as and when we are ready to progress with our plan.”
Those opposed to the plans say there are plenty of other community centres in the area and have objected against development on green belt land.
There are also fears the new centre would cause traffic chaos.
Despite one protest attracting attention from far-right groups, including the English Defence League, campaign organisers insisted the demonstration had ‘nothing to do with religion, race or politics’.