‘Fishermead says no’ to Sri Lankan Centre

Fishermead residents protest against proposed Sri Lankan community centre

Fishermead residents protest against proposed Sri Lankan community centre

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ANGRY residents met members of Milton Keynes’ development control committee in Fishermead to protest against proposals to build a mosque on Monday.

Members of the Fishermead Residents Association held banners and shouted slogans at councillors who attended as part of a site visit on Fishermead Boulevard.

Fishermead residents protest against propsed Sri LAnkan community centre

Fishermead residents protest against propsed Sri LAnkan community centre

The proposed Sri Lankan Centre will see a new two-storey building erected with three class rooms, a meeting room, a gym, library, two separate commercial units and two large community halls – one to be used primarily as a place of worship.

Harry Sharpe, vice-chairman of the Fishermead Residents Association said he was not against the idea of mosques, but that he felt it was in the wrong place.

“We tried to meet with the people who put in the proposal,” he said. “But they flatly refused to talk to us.

“We had several other locations in mind for them to use, but they didn’t want to know.

“We aren’t against them, we want to work with them.”

Gary Noakes, treasurer of the FRA added: “We want a place that everyone can use. We don’t want a place that only lets in certain people.

“The traffic going past this site is already busy enough, let alone if there was a mosque here with six prayers a day.”

Councillor Brian White, chairman of the Development Control Committee, spoke to the protesters.

He said: “We have not made the decision already. We will be making our decision on Tuesday.”

On Tuesday night, the committee will decide on a course of action.