Dawat-e-Islami stump up the cash to seal deal on Langley Village Club

The Slough Observer reports today that the Islamic community centre proposed for the former Langley Village Club is set to go ahead after developers stumped up cash for a section 106 agreement.

The former Langley Village Club, adorned with a Union Flag since the protests last month.

The former Langley Village Club, adorned with a Union Flag since the protests last month.

Charity Dawat-e-Islami has paid Slough Borough Council £27,000 for the outstanding section 106 agreement from when plans for the centre at the Langley Village Club in Cheviot Road were approved in May last year, against officers’ recommendation.

In January the charity was told to ‘man up and pay up’ if it wants to see its plans approved.  Despite not paying the developer contributions, which included funding a residents-only parking scheme, the charity had already forked out for a raft of improvements to the building, including window alterations and the installation of an air-conditioning unit.

The council gave the charity six months to find the cash, and extensions to the deadline saw the money finally paid on Friday, February 7.

The section 106 payment related to a parking scheme for residents in the road, after concerns were raised about congestion caused by the centre, in particular around Muslim celebrations.

A council spokesman said:

The money has been paid, the agreement signed and it has been granted permission.

Dawat e Islami has been active in the UK for over 15 years and its philosophy revolves around purifying society from what it views as moral decay, particularly gambling and alcoholism.

 

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