Barnet Council has come under fire after deleting hundreds of comments objecting to plans for a mosque in a suburb home to one of Britain’s largest Jewish communities.
The Grade-II listed Golders Green Hippodrome was bought earlier this year for £5.25 million by the Centre for Islamic Enlightening, a Muslim charity which announced it plans to use the building to house a mosque and Islamic centre.
Citing “inappropriate comments”, Barnet Council announced it had deleted hundreds of objections received in response to a public consultation regarding the application, which closes Thursday, and also prompted a petition which amassed more than 5,000 signatures.
“While we have a legal duty to hear views regarding local planning matters, we also have a responsibility to ensure that people are not using Council platforms to air views that are inappropriate,” stated the council on its website.
“Further comments will now be removed every 24 hours until the end of the public consultation.”…