Revised plans for Muslim centre

A CONTROVERSIAL Scarborough Muslim community centre is back under the spotlight.

Scarborough Islamic Society has submitted revised proposals for the redevelopment of a disused Roscoe Street workshop.

The plans, which were unanimously passed by Scarborough Council bosses in 2010, would span two floors with separate male and female prayer halls on each level.

However, proposals for a dome to sit on the top of the building have now been omitted from new drawings.

The plans also include a ground-floor office and meeting room and a first-floor gallery and kitchen area.

However, the Evening News understands there will be no calling to prayer at the centre.

When the proposals were first mooted, more than 200 residents handed a signed petition to Scarborough Council over fears the move would cause a “bottleneck” in Victoria Road and Roscoe Street.

The council also received more than 30 letters of objection and a Facebook campaign against the development attracted around 1,000 people.

Resident Rosemary Trotter, who helped carry out the petition, said Roscoe Street was already buckling under the weight of traffic and would become an even bigger nightmare if the proposals were passed.

She added: “The crux of the problem is definitely the car parking issue and people living here are simply exasperated by the plans.

“The road is a bottleneck when it meets Victoria Road and there is nowhere to park in the area where the community centre is being proposed.”

However, despite the concerns, police have now said the move would not impact on crime and disorder, and Scarborough Council’s conservation bosses have no issues with the development.

Dr Zaid al-Saffar, spokesman for the Islamic Society said: “The Muslim community in Scarborough has been trying hard for many years to get a centre, and we believe we have found a suitable place.

“Unfortunately there was a lot of negativity surrounding our application and unfounded fears surrounding parking.”