Friday, 8 June 2012

Plans to close university Islamic centre

Student Union members say they're concerned about plans by the University of East Anglia to demolish the Islamic Centre.

Planning permission for the temporary building expires in August and there are currently no plans to replace the facility. Instead the Chaplaincy building will be used as a multi-faith facility.

The Islamic Community plans to host a demonstration on campus on Friday afternoon to oppose the demolition.

In a statement, the University of East Anglia said:

    The University of East Anglia is committed to meeting the needs of the diverse range of groups within the campus community. UEA has a well-established Islamic Society and a Muslim Imam who plays a full part in our multi-faith chaplaincy team.

    We will continue to offer Muslim prayer facilities on campus for both Friday prayer and individual worship. The existing facility is a temporary building for which planning permission expires this September. The university is adapting the existing multi-faith Chaplaincy building to meet the needs of our Muslim students. They will also continue to be able to book rooms for social activities on campus.

    Our Chaplaincy staff are very much looking forward to welcoming more of our Muslim community into our multi-faith facility and believe that this will be a positive step in further enhancing mutual understanding and integration across our diverse community.

– University of East Anglia

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