554 sign petition against mosque and supermarket plans in Lincoln
A PETITION against plans to build a mosque and supermarket on a former dairy site in Lincoln has been signed by more than 500 people.
As reported in the Echo, Lincolnshire Co-operative is seeking planning permission for a Lidl store at the old Boultham Park Dairy.
Outline planning permission is also being sought for a mosque, likely to cost £500,000, and housing.
The site would include about 140 car parking spaces.
But members of Boultham Park Residents' Association say they are concerned about problems with traffic congestion.
Copies of a 554-signature petition were handed in to City Hall and Lincolnshire Co-operative's headquarters yesterday.
Jean Flannery, 66, chairman of the residents' group who lives in Church Drive, off Boultham Park Road, said: "I'm not surprised that so many signed our petition.
"There is a strong sense of people wishing to protect their neighbourhood as much as possible and also with a real sense of wanting to see justice done.
"The traffic situation would become dreadful here if the development went ahead.
"It's bad now, on Dixon Street especially, and isn't going to improve.
"We can't see the parking provided being adequate, either, not for both a supermarket and a mosque."
Mrs Flannery added that the scheme would also go against local and national planning policies.
The project is set to be put before city planners next month.
Lincoln Islamic Association had wanted to create a purpose-built mosque on the site of the old tin church in Church Drive, off Boultham Park Road, which burned down in 2008.
Planners rejected the scheme in October 2009 after residents raised concerns about traffic problems and parking.
But, as reported in the Echo, the association has handed in a 451-signature petition urging planners to approve the latest proposals.
City resident Hany Al-Sawy told the Echo: "Personally I believe that the Boultham Park Dairy is located in an ideal site as it is off a main road. I don't think that parking will be a problem because the mosque plan will have more than 70 car parking spaces and there will be an overspill car park, which may be used by either the supermarket or the mosque attendees."
Muslims currently worship at the Grandstand, in Carholme Road.
Trustee of the Islamic Association Dr Tanweer Ahmed has previously told the Echo that he anticipates less impact and noise at the site than when it was a dairy.