At a full meeting of London’s Newham Council tomorrow (29 October) Cllr Alan Craig, leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance group, will challenge the executive Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, to arrange compulsory purchase of the Olympics mega-mosque site at West Ham.
Cllr Craig will propose that, in view of Islamic sect Tablighi Jamaat's troubled track record of irresponsibility and illegality at the site, the Mayor should liaise with the relevant statutory authorities with a view to bringing the site into community ownership as soon as possible.
Cllr Craig will further propose that the 18 acre site should then be cleaned of contamination and developed as an Olympic legacy location containing an attractive community leisure facility along the lines of Atlanta's 21 acre Olympic Park and Fountain of Rings.
"Over recent years Tablighi Jamaat have flouted planning regulations, breached building control, broken a formal Memorandum of Agreement and failed to deal adequately with the health and environment risk from the highly contaminated soil," said Cllr Craig.
"They have a lamentable track record of irresponsibility and illegality. Clearly Tablighi Jamaat are not fit to build and manage a major landmark mosque - or indeed any other large building.
"Newham is the lead Host Borough for the 2012 Olympics when the world will be coming to East London." continued Alan Craig. "The Council should take the lead on this key site which stands beside a major access point to the Olympic stadium.
"By 2012 the site should be a place which brings communities together and which can be used by people of all backgrounds and faiths both during and after the Olympics," he added.
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