PUBLISHED: 10:59 11 February 2010 | UPDATED: 14:53 06 May 2010
SIR – As a resident of London Colney for 26 years, I am appalled, disgusted, and absolutely dumbfounded at the way the planning meeting was run to dtermine the fate of the London Colney mosque. For such an official meeting it was amateurish to say the lea
SIR - As a resident of London Colney for 26 years, I am appalled, disgusted, and absolutely dumbfounded at the way the planning meeting was run to dtermine the fate of the London Colney mosque. For such an official meeting it was amateurish to say the least.
It appears to me the meeting was very underhand and indecisive in what it was supposed to do, and the decision appears to have been decided before the meeting took place. Why was the application for the mosque not deferred until a replacement for Chris Brazier was found?
Why was it that one councillor was allowed to continue speaking when the chairman was not even listening, he was in conversation with another officer. He then asked her to continue not realising she had finished her speech.
As far as I am concerned the chairman was not and is not fit to run such a high profile and sensitive meeting and should consider, along with the director of planning, standing down from their positions.
The way the meeting was run has played into the hands of the BNP, especially with a local by-election coming up.
This is another nail in the coffin and the continuation of the gradual decline of the village. Along with the HGVs and litter along the highways, London Colney has become the dumping ground for all that is not wanted.
Thanks to the councillors, they have probably devalued and made it harder for me and others to sell our properties in Lowbell Lane and the surrounding area. Who is going to want to buy a house next to a mosque? Will I be compensated for this, oh no! Why don't you come down and see for yourself the area and the road?
Will they still live in your lovely houses, without having there life ruined by a mosque at the bottom of the road. Definitely! Will I be able to use this facility? No.
The planning committee have all fallen into the trap and bowed to political pressure to provide suitable accommodation for these people and their religion. Where will all this stop?
Why put something like this, in a residential area. Why? They have just increased the racial tension and upset and angered the vast majority of fair-minded, hard-working residents of this area of London Colney. This was not democracy.
As I said earlier London Colney has become a dumping ground, and as long as it is not in your backyard!
Lowbell Lane, London Colney
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