We believe that the Council should deny plans to build a Mosque on the site of a former Church in Nash Mills for the following 3 reasons -
Firstly many residents feel that it is inappropriate to use this particular site to build a Mosque and we believe that there will behave negative effects upon the local community. This includes concerns about noise pollution from the constant daily use of the Mosque. In particular there are concerns about the "call to prayer" which happens up to five times a day and is usually played from loud speakers on the tower.
Secondly, the Mosque building would not be in keeping with existing buildings in the area, the area could become less desirable for non Muslim people which could potentially lead to a property devaluation for existing owners in the area.
Finally and most concerning of all is that traffic congestion and parking in the Denes area is already under significant strain since the opening of Tesco. The proposed Mosque plans to cater for up to 650 worshipers who may visit up to 5 times a day whilst providing only very limited parking facilities. This will cause traffic and parking in the area to be pushed beyond its limits causing severe issues for local residents and all through traffic.
As there are already three Mosques in Hemel Hempstead (Bennetts End, Highfield and Grovehill) we, as local residents, therefore urge the Council to consider alternative plans for the site which would be more in keeping with the area and its local community and would benefit existing residents without compromising the infra-structure of the area.