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Scare tactics by the far right dismissed

A leading Iman has poured scorn on claims from the BNP that a charity’s plans to turn a country hotel into a drug rehabilitation centre are merely a front to erect a mosque

A leading Iman has poured scorn on claims from the BNP that a charity’s plans to turn a country hotel into a drug rehabilitation centre are merely a front to erect a mosque.

Dr Issam Ghannam, from Solihull Muslim Community Association, was speaking after the far-right party made the claims in a leaflet, delivered to residents in Hockley Heath.

The pamphlet was sent out after villagers discovered the plans, by the Right Start charity, for the Aylesbury Country House Hotel.

The charity has said the clinic would treat recovering drug addicts from the Middle East, Britain and America.

But the BNP made the extraordinary claims that the application was the first step towards opening a mosque.

Dr Ghannam, who is also a psychiatrist said: “They don’t know the criteria to build a mosque.

“You can’t put a mosque in the middle of nowhere, it would need to serve the local community.

“I personally would support the project if it is open to all nationalities and not just those from certain countries.”

Councillor Ken Meeson (Con, Dorridge and Hockley Heath) said there were still concerns about the proposals: “This is intended to be a drug rehabilitation centre so what is a charity doing providing this facility?

“I have great concerns about bringing in drug addicts from other countries. Why aren’t they being treated in their own country?”

A meeting, organised by the charity was held in Hockley Heath last night (September 1).

The Solihull News went along and you can read a full report in next week’s paper.

A second public meeting will be held at Lapworth Village Hall next Tuesday (September 6) at 6.30pm.

The planning application goes before Warwick District Council at the end of September.

 

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