Tuesday, 8 May 2012
|An impression of how the new Abu Bakr mosque will look|
A new mosque set to be built in Middlesbrough will dominate the area, a local councillor has warned.
The existing Abu Bakr Mosque in Park Road North will be demolished and replaced with a much larger 75-ft four-storey mosque.
Residents can thank Labour councillor and planning committee chairman John Cole for their new Islamic eyesore, after his casting vote saw the £4.5m project given the go-ahead.
The committee’s vote was split five-five. Labour’s Cllr Cole used his casting vote in favour of approval.
Other councillors expressed concerns about the enlargement.
Middlesbrough Independent Councillors Association councillor Peter Cox said: ‘It is a lovely looking building but it is too big.
‘I am also concerned about the parking that is available. The provision of 26 basement car-parking spaces will not make a big difference.’
Labour councillor Garry Clark was also worried about the scale. ‘It will dominate the area,’ he added.
But dhimmi Labour councillor Steve Bloundele said: ‘The design is superb and it will be an iconic building.
‘It is the sort of thing we want in a gateway location. The Dorman Museum and a nearby church building also have domes.’
According to the Middlesbrough Gazette, one of the reasons for ‘needing’ a new building was the number of (foreign) Teesside University students now attending the mosque.
Building work could start next year.
Last October, the planning committee also granted planning consent for a major redevelopment of the Central Mosque in Southfield Road.
The five-storey development is to be built in phases and will include a range of facilities.
There would also be residential accommodation, including 14 bedrooms.
Middlesbrough currently has a total of seven mosques. With traitor Labour party councillors in office, that number is sure to rise in the future.
Remember, you get what you vote for.
New Middlesbrough mosque ‘will dominate the area’
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