Readers might remember that I reported in January about a legal attempt by Stephen Gash, of Stop Islamisation Of Europe (SOIE), and Sareeta Webra, founder of Sikhs Against Sharia (SAS) to block the building of a new and very prestigious mosque in Mill Road in Cambridge. The design and grandiose plans below suggest that the Mosque trustees wish to emulate the famous university colleges.
There were many local objections to this plan. Local residents, including lecturers at the university had already experienced intimidation when complaining about noise and parking at the Cambridge Muslim Academic Trust's existing mosque in Mawson Road.
Neighbours of Cambridge’s main mosque claim they have been threatened by worshippers when they complain about noise and illegal parking . . . Dr Alexandra Winkels, who lives a few doors away from the mosque in Mawson Road, said the noise had forced her to move bedroom.
She said residents felt “threatened and intimidated by the large crowds that gather on Fridays and during Ramadan” and that when she had spoken directly to worshippers she had been met with “verbal abuse and derision”. She said: “At one point someone threatened to smash my window in if I didn’t back off. I really love living near the mosque, it’s a reflection of the diversity of the Mill Road area…”
But it’s all getting a bit much now isn’t it, ducky???
I don't seem to have reported on the EDL demonstration against it last year, although I thought I had. That demonstration was countered by the UAF, and students of the university. under the umbrella of the Cambridge University Islamic Society and Marxist discussion group.
The Mosque is still to be built and there are other plans for the regeneration of Mill Road. One of which is for more student accomodation. From the Cambridge News.
Supporters of Cambridge’s new mosque have said they don’t want more than 300 student flats to be built next door.
In a statement, Cambridge Muslim Academic Trust said a “concentration” of undergraduate accommodation on the former Priory Motors site in Mill Road “would not represent the best amenity value and is unlikely to be the development option most beneficial to local residents or mosque users”.
The trust said it was concerned by plans for the student development to front directly onto the street, preferring a continuation of the community garden planned for outside the mosque. Development next to the mosque should “strive to match and complement the massing, materials and design values of our own structure”, the trust said. The statement said: “Our preference is for a mixed scheme of a lower density, to include residential family and young couple accommodation.
“We are confident that proximity to the prestigious new mosque structure will attract new home purchasers from all sections of the community..."
In other words, Muslim families, to form a Muslim district. While drafting this comments are already appearing on the Cambridge News website saying something similar.