Search

Win a £100 Amazon voucher in this week’s Recorder

On sale now

‘Unique’ Islamic centre run by women to open at former Chadwell Heath police station

07:01 23 July 2014

Cllr Aziz Choudhury

Cllr Aziz Choudhury

Archant

A “unique” new Islamic centre is set to replace a former police station after plans were given the go-ahead.

The Islamic centre will be on the site of a former police stationThe Islamic centre will be on the site of a former police station

The old police station on Wangey Road in Chadwell Heath will become the El-Huda Islamic Centre after Redbridge Council approved the plans earlier this month.

Now Cllr Aziz Choudhury has said he welcomed the opening of the centre, which is part of the Al-Huda International Welfare Foundation, a worldwide NGO which provides education and social welfare to people.

Cllr Choudhury said: “It’s actually run by women and it proposes to provide a community facility for children, young people and women.

“As the ward councillor I’m supportive of it. It’s unique and that’s something I welcome.”

The Islamic centre will be on the site of a former police stationThe Islamic centre will be on the site of a former police station

But residents living near the new centre feared there would be problems with traffic and parking, with the application not including any new parking spaces.

Nicola Wood, of Ballards Road, said in a letter to the council: “Residents don’t want any more [mosques], the noise is a nuisance and traffic will be bad with it.”

And John Tooke, of Edward Road, said extra cars would be “problematic”.

Following the council decision this month, Dave Hagger, who lives on Edgar Road, said he felt the authority should have done more to make residents aware of the plans.

“Nobody was told about it,” he said.

“The residents’ main concerns are the traffic, the noise and the parking.”

But Cllr Choudhury said people visiting the centre could use the pay and display car park on Station Road.

And he dismissed rumours the neighbouring Mecca Bingo Hall, which closed its doors last month, was also set to become a mosque after he was contacted by residents.

“There was this other rumour that the bingo hall was going to be turned into a mosque. They are two separate things,” he said.

Cllr Choudhury said he wanted to see the empty bingo hall become a “much-needed swimming pool and leisure centre” for Redbridge – and said he did not want to see it become flats.

Responding to Mr Hagger, Redbridge Council said it contacted 165 residents living closest to the site to notify them of the application.

A spokesman said: “This is significantly more than the statutory requirement, which would just cover those sharing a boundary with the site. The details of the application were also available to view on the Council’s website.

“Anyone who responded to the consultation letter would have then received a letter making them aware that the application was being considered at Regional Planning Committee South.

“This is the normal procedure for planning applications.”

She said despite concerns about traffic and parking, the plans were recommended for approval subject to conditions of no more than 60 people being on the premises at one time, the drawing up of a travel plan for visitors, and stewards being deployed for major events.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

12:00
The Musicians of Bremen in Teatro Vivo's show Fairy-tale Finders, inspired by the stories of the Brothers Grimm. The show is returning to Valentines Mansion, in Emerson Road, Ilford. Picture: Doug Southall

Prince Charming, the Wicked Stepmother and Snow White – these are all characters seared into our consciousness thanks to fairy-tales.

11:00
Young adult author James Dawson with Isaac Newton Academy pupils

Six years ago, James Dawson was a teacher in a busy Brighton school, the role of writing in his working life confined to lesson plans and reports.

10:00
Ellie Gibb has her face painted by Emma Japry at last year's Fairlop Fair

Organisers are hoping the heavy showers forecast for won’t keep the crowds away from today’s Fairlop Fair.

Yesterday, 17:11
King Solomon High School.

A project bringing together the stories of London’s Jewish communities during the First World War is coming to Barkingside.

Most read news

Competitions

Tansy the pony from the Chigwell Riding Centre for Special Needs visited Bancroft's Preparatory School on their charity day

A very special guest visited the children at a school in Woodford Green last week.

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder