Proposed Islamic centre is at the heart of a double protest in Grantham

Plan submitted for Islamic centre in Grantham.
Plan submitted for Islamic centre in Grantham.
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A counter-protest is planned in Grantham town centre against a demonstration by the English Defence League opposing plans for an Islamic centre.

A group calling itself Grantham Town EDL plans to protest in the town on Saturday, February 22, from 1pm, against the building of an Islamic community centre in Mowbeck Way, off Alexandra Road.

In response, a group led by Grantham man John Morgan will gather on St Peter’s Hill at 11am, aiming to keep the EDL protesters away from the town centre.

As reported, the Grantham Muslim Community Association submitted an application to build the centre in December, a move which has caused some controversy. An online petition was then set up via by a group calling itself ‘People Of Grantham No Longer Silent’, which has gained 583 signatures.

Mr Morgan, of Harrowby Road, said he hopes local people will join the counter-protest to show their acceptance of other cultures.

He added: “If these people are going to march through our town then everyone should take an interest.

“I’m hoping we will get a large turnout to show they are not welcome.

“I believe in freedom of religion; the planning application is a separate issue. Freedom of religion is very important.”