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Enforcement action threatened at Tablighi Jamaat mega-mosque site :: Liberties Alliance

Enforcement action threatened at Tablighi Jamaat mega-mosque site

By • on September 18, 2009

For Immediate Release

Enforcement action threatened at Tablighi Jamaat mega-mosque site

Newham Council “doing the right thing at last” says Cllr Alan Craig. “Compulsory purchase of site must be next step”

Islamic group Tablighi Jamaat (TJ), some of whose supporters in Walthamstow were convicted of planning airline terrorist atrocities last week (see note below), has been threatened with enforcement action by Newham Council over its continued unlawful use of the ‘mega-mosque’ site at West Ham, close to the London 2012 Olympic stadium.

TJ has erected a temporary structure on site and has been using it daily without planning permission since October 2006.

In response to yet another challenge at Question Time by Cllr Alan Craig, leader of the Opposition on Newham Council, the borough’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration Cllr Conor McAuley indicated that TJ have now been given until January 2010 to come up with a masterplan for the site or face enforcement action. He also disclosed that the Council will not be offering temporary planning permission for the current buildings on site. (For full text of Statement, see below.)

“At last Newham Council is doing the right thing,” said Cllr Craig who is leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance group on the Council. “The Town Hall has been giving TJ preferential treatment for too long by allowing them to use the site unlawfully for three years.

“The planned regeneration of the West Ham area is being blighted by TJ inaction on this large but derelict site in the heart of this part of the Lower Lea Valley.” said Alan Craig. “The next step is for the authorities to consider compulsory purchase of the site so that it can be properly developed for the benefit of the wider community.”

Editors’ Notes:

(i) Queries: Cllr Alan Craig 07939 547198

(ii) Tablighi Jamaat and the airline terror plot:

“Almost without exception, the Walthamstow bombers were Tablighi followers. They sometimes went to huge Friday night gatherings in West Ham on the site beside the 2012 Olympic Park where the sect wants to build Europe’s biggest mosque with space for 12,000 people to pray….”

(Sean O’Neill, Crime and Security Editor of The Times, 8 September 2009)

(iii) Full text of the Council’s statement is as follows:


14 September 2009

Members’ Question Time

Questions to the Mayor and Executive

Question A1 – From Councillor Alan Craig to the Mayor

Enforcement at Abbey Mills mosque site

“It is now almost three years since the temporary planning permission at Abbey Mills mosque site ran out, yet it continues to be used unlawfully on a daily basis.

Will the Mayor now take enforcement action in order to demonstrate that the Council expects all organisations and residents in the borough to act within and respect the law?”

Written response from Councillor Conor McAuley

The temporary 5 year consent for use of the site as a Mosque expired in November 2006. The main objective of the accompanying Memorandum of Agreement seeking to deliver a Masterplan application for the site within the lifetime of this temporary consent was not achieved.

The Trust maintained that the delays were largely due to funding problems coupled with a number of sweeping changes in their consultant team tasked with preparing the proposals.

Officers have sought to persuade the Trust to progress the Masterplan but to no avail and consequently my officers wrote to the Trust on the 20th July 2009, advising them that unless the Masterplan proposals are submitted by January 2010, the Council will consider enforcement proceedings to secure cessation of the current unauthorised use of the site.

The Trust also formally engaged with us, the LTGDC and ODA under our planning pre-application process in May 2009, to explore the possibility for applying for a new temporary planning consent for the existing use. All 3 Authorities have formally advised that any new application would unlikely to be successful because of conflict with longer term regeneration objectives.


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By John Richards on October 2nd, 2009 at 07:50

NO! we do not want our games to be ruined by the building of a mega mosque – if they don’t like it then they should go back to the Islam homeland instead of trying to turn this country into one. If they are breaking the law, they should be taken to account for their actions. Any rubbish about not upseting these western hating people should be ignored. The people of this country have been pushed around by muslims making ridiculous demands for too long now. And the government wonders why more people are turning to the right-winged BNP?? Its because this is one of the few parties that dares to break Labour PC and stand up for ALL the people of Britain who do not worship the Muslim faith.

By affan on November 5th, 2009 at 06:04

they should construct the mousque.even i am frm tabliq.

By John on December 24th, 2009 at 19:35

WOW that is one HUGE mosque. It looks very modern and a superb piece of architecture.

Come on people lighten up, muslims are 2% of the population! what are you afraid of. I think this is a beautiful building and it would drive the local economy tremedously, 70,000 tourists a year.

About these TJ groups, theres thousands in tis country and if about 3 turn out to be terrorists thats less than 1% of them. And alienating them more will not help, how about we visit the mosque as christians and listen to their talks, or the mosque set up a camera so we can watch and listen online. This way we can make sure they not hating us, and they can think that they are spreading the islamic message????