Stop Kensington Council imposing parking restrictions on local places of worship

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Dear fellow Londoners,

I am a member of the congregation of one of several local places of worship based in W11. Kensington & Chelsea Council have proposed to extend the controlled hours operating on key roads that will affect the following places of religious worship in Norland Ward:

• lslamic Universal Association, 20 Penzance Place, London, W11 4PG

• St Francis of Assisi Church, Pottery Lane, London, W11 4NQ1

• Central Gurdwara (Khalsa Jatha) London, 62 Queensdale Road, London, W11 45G

• Holland Park Synagogue, 8 St James's Gardens, London, W11 4RB

• Saint James Church, 56 St James's Gardens, London, W11 4RA

These are historic institutions.

The Holland Park Synagogue celebrated its 90th anniversary last weekend.

The Central Gurudwara is the only Sikh place of worship in central London and has been present since 1908, and is the oldest Sikh Gurudwara in Europe. 

If the Council makes changes to the controlled hours, it will adversely affect Muslims, Christians, Jews and Sikhs alike. These faiths will no longer be able to worship freely as they have done for generations.

The Council proposes to extend controlled hours to 10:30pm at night. lt would not be practical to hold acts of religious worship so late at night, for any faith.  

We will no longer be able to attend the weekly services held during the day and early evenings on weekdays and weekends, which is especially important for those with accessibility issues. Imagine a wedding taking place after 10:30pm at night, for example. 

The majority of residents in the Queensdale Road area are against these parking extensions and do not want these acts committed on their behalf and it is unclear why the council are proceeding despite this contrary weight of opinion.   

The decision to approve the parking extension may well set a precedent going forward. What will stop this Council or others from approving similar parking restrictions which disrespect places of worship?

ACT NOW: Please sign the petition.

We hope that you can support us and the above congregations, no matter which faith you follow.