Village ‘Mosque’ is flouting local law, says council

A RELIGIOUS organisation that controversially set up an educational establishment in a residential property earlier this year has been accused of flouting council planning regulations.

Despite numerous objections from local residents, planning permission for the Muslim centre at 75 Cumbernauld Road, Stepps, was granted on March 16, 2011.

It allowed for “the use of a dwelling house for religious instruction for up to 10 children between the hours of 7.30am and 6.30pm, Monday to Friday”.

But the applicants were told to block off access to Cumbernauld Road within three months of the application being granted - after fears were raised over increased traffic.

The deadline came and went on August 1, but council officers say they still have had no response to several written warnings. At last week’s meeting of North Lanarkshire Council’s planning and transportation committee it was decided to issue a Breach of Conditions Notice.

Should the notice not be adhered to the council will have the power to take legal action through the courts and administer fines.

Strathkelvin councillor Frances McGlinchy said: “It would seem that they are ignoring the council.

“It was part of the planning conditions that there be no access from Cumbernauld Road on health and safety grounds - particularly since there is a nursery located just over the road.

“They have taken away the garden of the house and monoblocked the area to allow cars to park there.”

She added: “They have been told to reinstate the garden wall, but so far have failed to do so.”