Dudley mosque plan is scrapped

Plans to build an £18million mosque in Dudley town centre have been scrapped, the Express & Star can reveal today.

An artists's impression of the last mosque plan
An artists's impression of the last mosque plan

Plans to build an £18million mosque in Dudley town centre have been scrapped, the Express & Star can reveal today.

The scheme to build a mosque with 65ft minaret on derelict land in Hall Street attracted huge protests, but has now been ditched by the Dudley Muslim Association.

Deputy council leader, Les Jones, told the Express & Star today the DMA had agreed instead to redevelop the existing mosque in Castle Hill, after months of delicate negotiations.

The proposal has been dogged by controversy from day one and two petitions of more than 50,000 signatures were gathered in opposition.

People objected saying the mosque would dominate the skyline and be out of keeping with the town's medieval character. They also objected to the mosque being built on land designated for employment use.

Despite Dudley Council throwing out the application in 2007 it was granted at an appeal the following year by a government inspector.

In 2009 the council launched a High Court bid against the inspector's decision but the judge upheld the ruling, granting outline planning permission.

Councillor Jones said since then the council has been in talks with the DMA.

He said: "We have reached an agreement with the DMA not to develop on land in Hall Street.

"The current mosque is not really fit for purpose and we have been working with them to come up with some plans and would have been looking to submit an outline planning application in the next few months."

Today's announcement comes as a handful of anti-mosque campaigners scaled the walls of the derelict factory in Hall Street for a rooftop protest.

Councillor Malcolm Davis, who has campaigned against the mosque plan, said: "I'm delighted with the outcome. If it has taken months of negotiation to achieve this result then I applaud that."

By Heather Loat

Comments for: "Dudley mosque plan is scrapped"

stuart evans

common sense .... now lets build social housing

and get dudley upgraded

David

Wow. Finally a victory for common sense.

Despite 'government inspectors' trying to wield their influence against local preferences (a 50,000 strong petition) the council have come to what seems a reasonable agreement with the DMA.

One day we may finally be able to discuss and debate these issues sensibly, rather than the current situation where genuine protesters are tackled using language such as 'racists' and 'islamophobes'.

Political correctness has seen a slow but steady erosion of free speech over the last few decades. What began as a way of protecting and supporting minority interests has now become a controlling mechanism used by vested interests to shut down discussion on anything that they disagreew with.

andy m

should not have happend any way but rules bent to help it out , people in dudley did not want it as with our leaders they take no notice off that and do what they want

Cyril Randle

What sort of democracy is it when a Government Inspector can over-rule a Council and 50,000 people ? We've always been a tolerant people, so don't try bully-boy tactics, because then we turn and fight.

lozuk

About time........!!!!!

Rupert

about time, common sense has finally prevailed but thanks to our awful government in the process with bad decisions they have wasted a lot of money with protests etc.

Ghost

well done to the people of Dudley for finally getting your voices heard.

stanley matthews

seems a bit sus,,,the EDL hold a roof-top protest on sunday hoping to last a week long, and then you print this,,,,,,

David

Wow. Finally a victory for common sense.

Despite 'government inspectors' trying to wield their influence against local preferences (a 50,000 strong petition) the council have come to what seems a reasonable agreement with the DMA.

One day we may finally be able to discuss and debate these issues sensibly, rather than the current situation where genuine protesters are tackled using language such as 'racists' and 'islamophobes'.

Political correctness has seen a slow but steady erosion of free speech over the last few decades. What began as a way of protecting and supporting minority interests has now become a controlling mechanism used by vested interests to shut down discussion on anything that they disagree with.

singh

FANTASTIC NEWS !!!

Midland Muslim

Looks like the DMA have done a good thing and pulled out.

Those 'ignorant EDL's'are wasting their time with a rooftop demonstation.

The muslims of the midlands do not want violence in their comunities that included for all people that live in their community. I would like to point out 'Shairiah'Law is already used in british law and for social issues. The NI system is based on Alms where 21/2 % of your wealth or net earnings is given to the poor or needy. What is your NI contribution and where is it used? When a man divorces or leave his wife and kids according to Shariah he must prove for them until they are 18, what is the CSA laws based on? Shariah is here the muslims of the UK didn't force it down your throats. It was accepted by for it's fairness to all. All this rubbish you hear about islam is not true. this is media hype. Islam from the the aramaic the original lanuage of the bible means "PEACE". God willing this will bring peace to the streets of Dudley.

Barbara

What's is all your statement to do with the cancelling of the mosque? The trouble is Muslims must realise they are the newcomers here, and tolerated only if they abide by our laws and customs, this is a Christian country whether you accept that or not. British law is the predominant law in this country and will continue to be so and everyone will come under it whatever religion they are, including Muslims. The people of Dudley spoke, fought and won, accept it, let this be a lesson we don't give in and we're no soft touch. Its our country and we have relatives who have fought and died for it.

David

MM,

The EDL and the BNP are at the extreme end of a spectrum. At the opposite end you have Islamic extremists. Neither are the norm. We don't want either of them. What I wish is that when people speak about one intolerant group (EDL, BNP) they also acknowledge others (Islamic fundamentalists, unite against fascism).

Most of Dudley's residents are tolerant and friendly. However, in this case the overwhelming views of the locals (50,000 strong petition) was trampled over by some government official (i.e. undemocratic). Quite likely because opposition to building Mosques is un-PC.

As for various Shariah examples. Many principles in the UK have been built upon core concepts such as fairness, charity and society. Plenty of these ideas come from a Christian heritage and others from good families and good morals.

Peace

All im going to say is im happy & something good came out of the protest.

betty smith

I can not believe that you would lie and make such statements to get a protest to end. did you all think we are stupid enough to fall for this red herring !!!!!! This is not fair on the people of Dudley you should hang your heads in shame.

Grogphil

Good news, what a waste of time and money!

Can we have a bit more common sense on both sides.

Alex Webb

While the Muslim population of this country only adds up to 2.5% (or roughly that), the undercover racism of the BNP and their foot soldiers in the EDL have won. While they prey on working-class people in this country because Labour have left them with no real alternative, the planned development of a building of a mosque has now been thrown out. While I fully agree that if residents dont want it to be built then people power should win, we should look at why the residents of Dudley dont want the mosque being built. Is it because the BNP and EDL say that it will lead to extreme Islam on their doorstep? Or because of the media's painting of the Muslim commmunity, not just in this country but the whole entire world, that the religion is nothing but a terror religion that dictates to women?

Whilst i fully agree with calls for more social housing, the real reasons why there is a housing shortage goes back the Thatcher when she sold it all off without building more houses and also with the present Government for spending billions on wars in Iraq on lies and wars in Afghanistan for nothing but oil and resources for big corporations and the beast that is America. Not forgetting the billions being spent on renewing Trident.

As long as we are seperated by colour, religion, patriotism etc this country, and all other countries, will never have what we all want. Safety, jobs, education and peace. We need a revolution in thinking and learn that there is more that unites us, than divides us.

Brian

Why oh why are there not more people like Alex Webb who is a model of intelligent, multi cultural society!

David

Alex,

yes, the BNP and EDL prey on working class people's insecurities, as a result of those insecurities being ignored and shut out of reasonable debate, in particular by the Labour party.

To discuss immigration is to be considered a bigot by the Labour party.

To raise concerns about the growth in the size and influence of Islam in the UK leads to calls of 'racism' and 'Islamophobia'. These terms have been used by the PC-movement to shut down debate on issues they don't want to talk about. Again, the PC movement is a key tool of the left (and particularly the Labour party) so as not to discuss 'inconvenient' topics.

Islam is not a race, but an ideology. Within it are plenty of principles that I oppose - repression of women and intolerance of homosexuals. Violent extremism in response to criticism (Rushdie, Jyllands-Posten, South Park) and as a means to exert influence (9/11, 7/7, Madrid) rather than discussion/democracy.

There are frighteningly small numbers of Muslims who speak out against extremist Islam. They should be more prominent if people are to believe that Islam is a peaceful religion.

Mandy

I dont what the problem was, it would have brought trade back to dead town centre. Perhaps they will build more social housing now instead, but lets face it that wont happen.

Lord Loverocket

Have to say, for the first time ever, I'm ashamed to be from Dudley.

The uneducated, jobless unwashed have won out with their bigoted and illiterate attitude.

How long until Malcolm and his cronies start opposing the redevelopment of the existing facility cos 'we doe wanum dun we?'

Sure the Express and Star is proud of the way it has covered this.

You don't speak for me.

Yours

Educated.

Ray L

Maybe now the council can build a gym to tackle obesity so I don't feel like poking my eyes out every time I walk through Dudley

clare

I some how dont believe what the express and star say that the plans are scrapped ???????? It is a bank holiday today and as far as i know the council offices are all closed ????? It seems too convienient to be told today while the edl are protesting ???? No news reporters or tv news have been allowed to the site to report the news to us or any councillor have adreessed us people of dudley sayin it is scrapped ... I THINK WE ARE BEING LIED TO !!!!!!!! -

Mr. Ed

Cool! Congrats! Keep up the good work.

ben southall

they took there time

Shane

What is wrong with building a mosque? After al its for the worship of the Creator and the Lord of the Worlds. It will help to create a society free of sin.

This society would rather see nightclubs and pubs built where filth is common place, where the promotion of fornication, the violation of women is frequent where they have to be half dressed in order to find love, and where there is alcohol abuse and violence.

This society have got their priorities all wrong. Why is it that common decency and morals are missing? Why are children unruly, have no respect for their elders and loiter the streets? Its because they have lost their religion and belief in God.

Muslim Guy

here here i 100% agree with you Shane. People have no morals and respect no more.. They are so narrow minded and they think world revolves around going out to work coming home getting drunk and going back to work again the next day.

The Grim Weeder

Money well saved well done DMBC! common sense prevails for once!

Ray L

Shane, the only thing I agree in your post is about "half dressed in order to find love"

Believe me you would not want to see 1/4 dressed let alone 1/2 dressed women in a Dudley nightclub so I don't know what would be worse, a mosque or a nightclub in Dudley

rmpiedra

Got to agree with Alex Webb and Lord Loverocket.

I wonder what fantastic plans wimpy Dudley Council has for this plot of brownfield land now?

Maybe the Dudley-ites who opposed this mosque will be putting their hands into their own pockets (as the Muslim community would have done for this mosque) in order to build something that they feel is for the whole community.

Doubt it.

Sam Cash

Another bible bashing nutter.(Shane)

It seems convenient for this article to appear the day after the start of the protest.I think this was done to bring down the protesters,I will believe it when we find out more.

BRUCE

As long as there are not huge minarets towering over the zoo.Agreed the little tiny ones on the roof are pathetic,but there is surely a way of blending in medium ones.Just for the information,the one where I live most of the time in Drancy in France was on sports grounds belonging to the council and there are no minarets.It is modern and functional without excesses.

rmpiedra

Got to agree with Alex Webb and Lord Loverocket.

I wonder what fantastic plans wimpy Dudley Council has for this plot of brownfield land now?

Maybe the Dudley-ites who opposed this mosque will be putting their hands into their own pockets (as the Muslim community would have done for this mosque) in order to build something that they feel is for the whole community.

Doubt it eh?

local resident

I'll believe it when i see it.

dudley-born-n-bred

It's about time people realised that the people of Dudley are not racist we simply did not want another mosque.... yes that's right another one... we already have one, there was never a need to build another.

And before i get called uneducated I have education to degree standard so I am far from uneducated.

Thank goodness the DMA have finally seen sense ... thank you for taking note of the people's voices and thank you for being sensible.

Just a point for thought though... I wonder what would happen if the Christian members of society decided they wanted a new church... I don't think it would get anywhere near planning do you?

joe

call me cynical if you like but wasnt the same thing said at the last general election