Mosque given green light

COUNCILLORS have given the go-ahead for Banbury Mosque to increase in size to allow space for women to pray.

Cherwell District Council's planning committee agreed to the recommendation of planning officers to rubber stamp the plans this evening (Thursday).

Planning officer for the council, Mike Buxton, stipulated that the recommendation to give the mosque the go-ahead should include several other conditions.

They were that the temporary buildings situated on the west side of the Mosque should be removed to increase car park space, and that car parking in the future will be restricted only access for mosque users.

It was also agreed that the current arrangement of having no call to prayer should continue.

Cllr Alyas Ahmed said it was a fantastic decision for the council to come to - especially because it had been a long time since the first planning application went in.

"I am very pleased.

"The decision has been welcomed by all the Muslim community.

"We would like to say a big thank you to council officers, councillors and the newspapers."

For more on this story, see the next issue of the Banbury Guardian, on sale Thursday, September 25.

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