Mosque would enrich town’s culture

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I was pleased to see (Bury Free Press, February 17) that the Suffolk Islamic Cultural Association is intending to lodge a planning application for the change of use of the Falcon pub to a mosque.

Interfaith activities in Bury have grown over the recent years and the addition of a mosque would enrich the cultural character of Bury St Edmunds substantially as well as providing a much needed place of worship for the Muslim community.

We in the Unitarian congregation hope the borough council will treat the application fairly and favourably and we look forward to meeting our Muslim friends in their own mosque.

Martin A Gienke,

Lay Leader,

Unitarian Congregation,

Unitarian Meeting House,

Bury St Edmunds.

n PLEASE could we have some sanity in our town.

Churches we do not want or need, houses we are desperate for. Let the people who need churches hire them a day a week from the seven existing churches – this will help keep those churches.

I don’t want The Falcon pulled down, but to build houses isn’t so bad, we need them – a church, no way.

We must not encroach on our villages. They are communities and I would like them to stay that way. They care and share and look after each other.

We do need more houses in Bury, so let’s bring sanity back in and build them.

B J Hinchcliffe,

Bury St Edmunds.

n I would suggest that to turn the now defunct Falcon pub into a mosque would be a totally

inappropriate use for this old building.

Apart from anything else, the constant ‘to-ing and fro-ing’ of any considerable number of worshippers (five times a day, every day) – unless of course they all arrived on foot – could cause all sorts of traffic and parking problems in an already difficult area.

Brian Davies,

Bury St Edmunds.

n I am writing to correct last week’s story as we have no mosque in Newmarket, Brandon, Bury or Thetford. We hire a hall for our Friday prayers which is not on a permanent basis and in the past we had to change locations for various reasons which is a big inconvenience to everyone.

There are approximately 750 Muslims in Newmarket and surrounding areas therefore we are desperately looking for a permanent location so we can practise our religion and educate our children and for cultural events and meetings.

We hope to have the full support of the local authorities and councils in this matter.

Siraj Begg,

Mildenhall.