Residential street: The 'illegal' mosque in Westcliff, Essex, which the council had received hundreds of complaints about
Once again we see the Islamic pattern to covertly and illegally mosque a quiet, residential street. It's rampant in the UK (below). No respect for non-Muslims, no respect for neighbors, no respect for rule of law. But remember, criticize Islam and you lose your head.
One commenter wrote:
This happens all the time up here in Lancashire. Starts off supposedly for 'family' meetings then covertly becomes a mosque. The next thing is that they put on a dome, then apply for it retrospectively. Oh, and they usually get it. I passed a terrace house the other day, and so many men were coming out of the front door that I thought they must have been feeding them in through the back. Fire and Sanitary regulations are never enforced by the authorities, but if ever there was a fire, there would be a rush for compensation, MP's would ask questions in Parliament, and the BBC would have a field day
Neighbours' fury as council allow tiny bungalow to be used as an 'illegal' mosque for 200 worshippers Daily Mail, July 2 (thank to David)
- Islamic group insisted two-bedroom property was a home 'used for the occasional meeting'
- Now they say it is being used as a community centre - and apply for taxpayer funding to put on classes
- Property was extended without planning permission
- Neighbours have complained about noise, rubbish and extra traffic
UPDATE: Here's video of inside the illegal mosque:
A council has come under fire after an Islamic group extended a tiny two-bedroom bungalow to turn it into an 'illegal' mosque for 200 worshippers.
Residents are furious after being forced to endure noise at all hours of the day, congestion and bin bags strewn across the front garden.
The group started using the property in Westcliff, Essex, as a mosque after moving in almost two years ago. It has been extended without planning permission.
Islamic centre: The tiny two-bedroom property which has been used as a mosque 'illegally' for the last two years despite objections from neighbours in Westcliff, Essex
Despite hundreds of complaints to Southend Council, officers allowed the cramped property to be used as a place of worship 'illegally' after being told it was a family home used to host the odd community meeting.
The Jaafriya Islamic Welfare Centre applied for council taxpayer funding to run religious celebrations and education classes at the property along with retrospective planning permission for a large extension.
Their application was rejected last week - but they have 28 days to appeal and the process could drag on for months.
If they lose their appeal the mosque will be forced to shutdown and the extension could be pulled down.
Their application said the building will be used for 'studies' between 3pm and 7pm from Monday to Friday.
Neighbour Ron Frood, 62, said: 'This is supposed to be a residential area but we see people coming and going all day long.
People often arrive with plates of food and then the next day the bin bags are just thrown outside attracting rats and foxes.
'I have accepted that I don’t really think anything will change to be honest as they’ve been allowed to get away with it for so long.'
William Moss, 80, who lives nearby, added: 'There are people arriving at all times of the day and night and they are so noisy.'
Southend Council has now begun long-overdue enforcement action against the owners of the bungalow. In response, a retrospective planning application for change of use has been submitted in relation to the property in Fairfax Drive, Westcliff. It is due to be decided on later this month.
Local councillor Martin Terry said: 'Over a long period of time there has been a constant stream of complaints about what is essentially a bungalow being used as a mosque.
'There have been all sorts of denials about this, but that is what it is.
'This is a residential property and there is far more activity going on than there should be.
'It doesn’t matter what religion you are - you have to play by the rules and stick to the law.'
No one at the Jaafriya Islamic Welfare Centre was available for comment.