Work gets under-way on a giant Mosque in the historic city of Lincoln.
Construction work has got under-way on the site of the new Lincoln Mosque, almost two and a half years after the proposals were approved. The Mosque will be built on the site of a former dairy factory on the corner of Dixon Street and Boultham Park Road next to the Lidl supermarket. Plans for the Mosque put forwrd by the Islamic Association of Lincoln were given the go-ahead by Lincoln City Council in November 2012, since then the association has gained support and funds needed for the `project`. The total cost is estimated to be in the region of £1.5m and the Mosque is said to be fully funded through individual donations, the majority which have come from Lincoln and surrounding areas. It will be the first purpose built Mosque in the historic city of Lincoln and will have prayer facilities for Muslims living in Lincolnshire and is set to be completed by next year. The building will have prayer facilities for men, women, teaching spaces for boys and girls, a library and a funeral preparation room. It will also include dedicated parking for 68 cars and cycle storage spaces. Previous attempts for a Mosque to be built in the city have been controversial. A former site proposed by the Islamic Association was rejected due to parking issues and was later burnt down. Last year East Anglian Patriots (EAP) held a anti-mosque protest to show their disgust at the council for accepting the proposals. Dr Tanweer Ahmed Chairman of the Islamic Association of Lincoln said "It`s very exciting news that work is finally going to get under-way and thanks to Allah that we`re here today to start the construction that we`ve been waiting along time for, its very important for the city as a whole, the the Mosque will be a landmark to promote diversity (codeword for genocide) in Lincoln, some people were concerned about car parking and that the War Memorial would be demolished and that there`d be loudspeakers for the five times a day prayers, so we`ve worked closely with residents to address these concerns and remove a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions, people have a right to protest but we`re more interested in building relationships with local people and communities".
Below are a few images of what the Mosque will look like once it has been built.
Below Muslims at the construction site.
Above a quote from Tayyip Erdogan.