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Flyers claim people not properly notified about Norwich pub mosque plans

PUBLISHED: 06:00 11 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:28 11 October 2018

People posted on social media that the flyer was accompanied by a 'For Britain' political pamphlet. Photo: Submitted

People posted on social media that the flyer was accompanied by a 'For Britain' political pamphlet. Photo: Submitted

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The city council has refuted claims that people were not properly notified about plans for a new £1m mosque in Norwich.

The King Edward VII pub on Aylsham Road, Norwich.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYThe King Edward VII pub on Aylsham Road, Norwich. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Flyers sent to homes in Norwich claim not enough people were told about the facility, which will be built behind the former King Edward VII pub on Aylsham Road.

Norwich City Council granted the East Anglian Bangladeshi Islamic Trust permission for the mosque and a new community cafe at the site in December 2017.

But a flyer distributed in the NR3 area of the city claimed “proper notification” was not given to the “vast majority” of people living in the surrounding community.

People who posted photos of the flyer on social media claim it was accompanied by a pamphlet from the ‘For Britain’ political party.

A new £1m mosque and community centre is to be built on land behind the former King Edward VII pub in Norwich. Photo: Brown and Co ArchitectureA new £1m mosque and community centre is to be built on land behind the former King Edward VII pub in Norwich. Photo: Brown and Co Architecture

The flyer said: “Ordinarily for development of this scale a series of site notices would be posted in the immediate vicinity, explaining what is being proposed.

“...Instead the council sent out letters to people but only those within 10 metres of the site - a mere 50 people.”

Norwich City Council and Sirajul Islam, a spokesman for the East Anglian Bangladeshi community, disagreed with the claims.

“Our consultation procedures go beyond statutory minimum requirements,” a city council spokesman said.

The King Edward VII pub on Aylsham Road, Norwich.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYThe King Edward VII pub on Aylsham Road, Norwich. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

“We sent letters to properties around the proposed development on Waterloo Park Avenue, Aylsham Road and Edmund Bacon Court, following the right procedures for a development of this scale and location.

The flyer also claimed the proposal will attract hundreds of people to the area, causing congestion on Aylsham Road.

But Mr Islam said concerns around traffic congestion had already been addressed by council planners.

In a report about the plans, Norwich City Council’s transport officer raised no objection.

Sirajul Islam from the Norwich Central Mosque speaks at the Vigil in support of the Manchester victims at City Hall. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSirajul Islam from the Norwich Central Mosque speaks at the Vigil in support of the Manchester victims at City Hall. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The officer said there was a “significant” amount of unrestricted parking space around the site, adding additional parking can be found nearby.

Mr Islam said building work on the mosque is yet to start, but would “hopefully” begin early 2019.

He added: “There was, and still is, support from the community nearby. I do not know who came up with this letter.”

For Britain was contacted for comment.

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