Meat Plant STOPPED
We would like to thank everyone for all their input, hard work and perseverance in bringing the meat plant to a stop!
On Tuesday 13 August 2013 Bradford Council approved a planning application by Pakeezah Supermarket to open a meat processing plant directly behind Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara (Sikh Temple), off Leeds Road, Bradford.
In doing so, the Council has ignored the voices and concerns of the entire Sikh community, thousands of like-minded constituents and the general public at large who have objected to the plans, as they offend the sanctity of a place of worship and hurt the sentiments of worshipers.
A Gurdwara is a place of worship, for quiet contemplation, prayer and meditation. All meals served at a Gurdwara are strictly vegetarian as Sikhi teaches compassion and respect for all life including the lives of animals. The approval of a meat processing plant being built in the immediate vicinity of a Gurdwara, that will be processing lamb, sheep, cow and chicken carcasses seven days a week, is not only disrespectful but also extremely hurtful to the whole community.
The decision to approve the planning application may well set a precedent going forward.
What will stop other Councils from approving similar planning applications which disrespect places of worship?
Bradford Council's decision as it stands means planning permission could be granted for a pork processing plant to be built next to a Mosque or a Synagogue, a beef processing plant next to a Hindu Temple, or a lap-dancing club next to a Church.
Meat Plant STOPPED
This was used as part of an appeal against the Council's insensitive and hurtful decision.
Let us remind Bradford Council of their responsibility to uphold the views of their constituents. This decision had an impact not only locally, but also nationally and internationally, as it hurt shared values and sentiments.
The People who signed the petition helped protect the sanctity of all places of worship in the future through the #RespectWorship campaign.
Thank you for reading this statement. We welcome all positive actions to support this petition.
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6:00am Thursday 10th April 2014 in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: By Claire Armstrong, T&A Reporter
Bradford Sikhs win fight over meat plant near Leeds Road temple
A Sikh community in Bradford has won a legal battle to stop a meat processing plant being built next to their temple.
Many Sikhs are strict vegetarians, and worshippers at the Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara building, which fronts on to Leeds Road, said they felt offended by the expansion bid by supermarket chain Pakeezah.
They told planners that hearing carcasses being cut up would upset worshippers at prayer.
Despite their protests, a planning panel at Bradford Council granted the food firm permission to convert a car workshop in nearby Percival Street into a wholesale meat plant in August last year.
Worshippers then vowed to challenge the matter in the High Court and the Council yesterday said it had decided not to defend its decision meaning Pakeezah's planning permission is now void.
The Gurdwara's general secretary Govinder Singh Dhaliwal said they were delighted by the Council's decision and were grateful for all the support they had received from Bradford's other faith groups during their fight.
He said: "This decision will strengthen the relationships among the faith communities and their support is a good example of community cohesion.
This decision by the Council strengthens our belief in the democratic political process, which has responded to public opinion." were also grateful to Sikh barrister Kuljeet Singh Dobe, who had represented them on a voluntary basis.
Council leader, Councillor David Green, said: "We have listened to the considerable concerns expressed by local people and groups about the planning application. In light of the legal advice we've received, we'd rather not spend any public money and have therefore decided not to oppose the judicial review."
Pakeezah director Tariq Haq was unavailable for comment yesterday.
The Downloaded Forms that were used in the campagin
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Read Comments from the Signed Closed Petition
Name : James Coates
Location : BRADFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
Comments : This is disrespectful and ignorant. Very unethical and morally wrong.
Name : Hugh Smyth
Location : CANTERBURY, UNITED KINGDOM
Comments : The idea is thoroughly disrespectful of a person's right to worship a religion in tranquility.
Name : Sheikh Parvez
Location : LAHORE, PAKISTAN
Comments : It is discriminatory,utter disrespect, disregard to the feelings and sentiments of the human beings of any religion
Name : Pavitar Bhullar
Location : LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
Comments : This is not just an issue for the Sikh Community. The campaign against the decision is crucial for all of those that believe all places of worship must be respected.
Name : Abu Wariah
Location : BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Comments : I'm a Muslim, but I believe that we should respect all religions, I have many Sikh friends and at the end of the day, no religious person would want such a plant to be built right next to their place of worship.
Name : Arpna Virdi
Location : BRADFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
Comments : I have respect for all religions and humanity, this is unacceptable.
Name : Jasvir Kaur
Location : LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Comments : A Gurdwara is a place of worship, for quiet contemplation, prayer and meditation. All meals served at a Gurdwara are strictly vegetarian as Sikhi teaches compassion and respect for all life including the lives of animals. The approval of a meat processing plant being built in the immediate vicinity of a Gurdwara, that will be processing lamb, sheep, cow and chicken carcasses seven days a week, is disrespectful and against Sikh Values. This is not a sight that worshipers want to see and smell on a daily basis. Please locate it else where
Name : Harjinder Chana
Location : MAPLE VALLEY, WA
Comments : Shows no respect towards religious sentiments