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EDL is finally defeated and £15m mosque with golden dome rises from Cambridge’s Mill Road




It has faced opposition from the English Defence League (EDL) which held a march and a rally in the city opposing its construction – but a counter-march by residents outstripped the number of protesters

A massive new £15 million mosque to hold 1,000 worshipers is rising from Cambridge’s Mill Road – as the city’s MP Daniel Zeichner says it sends a clear message to the rest of the world.

It has faced opposition from the English Defence League (EDL) which held a march and a rally in the city opposing its construction – but a counter-march by residents outstripped the number of protesters.

Planning for the building was approved by Cambridge City Council chiefs and now work is well under way with digging being carried out for an underground car park, above which will be a golden dome.

Cambridge MP


Speaking to the News at the site of the new mosque, he said: “This is a really powerful symbol for the city. I remember going to talk to people from the Muslim community a decade ago about finding a new home in Cambridge because the existing mosques are full on Fridays in particular and this is going to be a wonderful building.

“It’s a £15 million project, it’s going to have parking which is going to take the pressure off local residents.

“And I’ve seen the designs and I encourage people to look at them. I think it will be another great building for Cambridge. And it sends a message out to the rest of the world that in our city we are an outward-looking and welcoming community.

View of the proposed facade for the New Mosque, as seen from Mill Road

“When the EDL came here a couple of years ago, that wasn’t about Cambridge. That was about people coming in sowing discord. So I really welcome the new mosque and and I hope everybody else will too.”

The Abu Bakr Jamia Mosque, currently located in Mawson Road, off Mill Road, plans to move to the larger premises next to Brookfields Hospital which was previously owned by Robert Sayle.

Mawson Road Mosque

Planned to be an environmentally-friendly building, it will boast an underground car park, a prayer hall, a restaurant, park and will include vegetation on the roof, a water recycling scheme, and natural lighting to reduce the need for artificial light. The plans were submitted to Cambridge City Council by the Muslim Academic Trust.

The Cambridge Muslim Community (CMC) started a ‘buy a brick’ appeal with initially 350,000 bricks for sale at £1.40 each, hoping to reach a £500,000 target.

The city has 7,000 Muslims and once the new mosque is built the total praying capacity in the city will be increased to 2,000.

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