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"MoD fights plan for mosque near Sandhurst academy"
« on: February 23, 2010, 10:09:23 »
This, from the Telegraph:
Senior officials claim the place of worship poses a security threat because it overlook’s the parade ground used by every new officer in the British Army.

They lodged their official objection after 7,000 residents of the stockbroker belt around Camberley, Surrey, signed a petition complaining about the proposed structure.

The mosque would have a large dome and two 100ft minarets positioned 400 yards from the parade ground.

Security officials are understood to have asked police special branch officers to brief the local council on the potential for radical Islamists to be attracted to the temple.

Although the plan has been given the go-ahead by the planning committee of Surrey Heath Council, no final decision will be made until the full council meets next month.

Both Prince Charles and Prince Harry were commissioned at Sandhurst and senior members of the Royal family are regular visitors.

Local Muslims have been worshipping at a former Victorian school for the past 14 years, but now want to build their own mosque on the same site.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: “Sandhurst has objected to the plans as such a tall building would give oversight into Defence property which could prove a security risk.

“It is not because the building is a mosque that the plans are objectionable, it is because it is such a tall building.” ....
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