ADDRESSED TO: THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT AND RACHAEL ROBATHAN, LEADER OF WESTMINSTER CITY COUNCIL
One of London's most iconic buildings, the Trocadero in Piccadilly, is due to be converted to a mega-mosque with capacity for 1000 worshippers following a recent application to Westminster City Council.
Local people have strongly objected to the application on the basis that the area was already heavily overcrowded even before the coronavirus pandemic introduced the need for social distancing - and that adding another 1000 people, congregating in and around the mega-mosque during prayer times, would cause serious traffic disruption.
In addition, despite there being a relatively small percentage of Muslims living locally, it should never be forgotten that a mosque is first and foremost a stepping stone to rapid Islamic expansion in a formerly peaceful surrounding area, and as such should be discouraged as a matter of principle.
However, the local council have kept very quiet about the application, which has received very little media coverage until recently, and despite the close proximity of bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs, have publicly expressed little or no interest in the impact that such a development would have on the local environment.
Given that the imposition of a 1,000-person capacity flagship mosque right next to the long-standing gay district of Soho would undoubtedly damage community cohesion, and that currently there are fewer than five per cent of Muslims living in this area anyway, we demand that Westminster City Council reject this application forthwith: