As a resident living in the Clitheroe Road area, I would like to offer some insight.
The online petition was never launched officially, as the ‘paper’ petition was deemed a much more effective method of local protest.
Although over 1,000 signatures were collected, this could probably have been doubled in the local area alone.
Manpower was against the CRRA, as they simply could not get enough petitions out there to meet the demand.
Opposition to this project was immense on many levels, from social cohesion to change of use in the building.
Islamic Help appear to have been deliberately misleading at best and some might say criminal, in their actions.
Please Google Brierfield Mills for more news on the story.
The latest concern, is that in order to purchase the mill, it appears Islamic Help have had a bank loan from Lloyds TSB. This is reportedly £650,000.
This must surely be investigated, as the U.K, currently in recession, has given billions of pounds of taxpayer money to bail out the banks. TSB have taken this money and handed it to Islamic Help by the looks of things.
No one can understand how the charity managed to hoodwink the bank into handing them a loan of such great value (never mind the interest payments).
The business plan would make very interesting reading i’m sure.
Keep watching this story please, your support is appreciated.
This complex would be for and ALL GIRLS compound. Teaching ISLAMIC sharia to girls. It would empwer those girls to get their babies to be Muslims. That is the idea. The only thing that is needed is to brain wash the girls, like the brainwashed Muslamah in the White House, that Sharia oppression is GOOD for girls. https://txlady706.wordpress.com/2009/12/16/women-who-unveil-are-not-enlightened-they-could-not-be-more-misguided-for-they-are-discarding-the-right-of-a-woman-to-be-protected/
The girls that will be taught here will be the women who will bring up babies (on average 8-10 babies per woman) that will be brainwashing those babies that Islam is the way to go. This is dangerous.
1,000-name petition opposes Brierfield Mills Muslim school plans
A DELEGATION from the Clitheroe Road Residents’ Association in Brierfield has presented a 1,000-name petition to Pendle MP Gordon Prentice, calling for Brierfield Mills to remain in employment use.
They are resisting any moves to turn the former medical fabrics plant into a school.
The Birmingham-based disaster relief charity, Islamic Help, had set itself the goal of raising £1,050,000 by January 10th to buy the seven acre site and convert the buildings into a 5,000-strong boarding school for girls, although more widespread plans for the complex have been suggested by the charity since.
The charity’s website urges people to donate £500 for student accommodation, £5,000 towards a classroom and £20,000 towards a computer lab.
Mr Prentice said: “I shall be handing over the petition to Pendle Council in anticipation of a planning application going in. However, people should know the council chief executive, Stephen Barnes, has told me ‘in regeneration terms, the council’s view remains that Brierfield Mills are best kept as an employment site and the council is investigating whether it could pro-actively assist this’.”
Mr Prentice said Mr Barnes continued: “If the reports of the prospective purchasers’ plans are correct, there would be major planning, social, educational and community cohesion issues arising from such a proposal and the council would have to consider these in due course. Any proposed change of use, for instance, would require a planning application and this would have to be considered through the normal processes.”
Mr Prentice said: “There are concerns that Islamic Help may have been acting outside its charitable objectives in raising money for a boarding school in the UK. I shall be raising the issue with the chair and chief executive of the Charity Commission when I meet them on Thursday.”
This is where to go to sign the petition: