Sikh temple wins meat plant battle
Sikh worshippers in Bradford have won a legal battle to stop a meat processing plant being built next to their temple.
Members at the Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara building on Leeds Road had challenged the planning permission granted to the Asian supermarket Pakeezah to open a meat factory next door to the temple.
The Gurdwara’s general secretary Govinder Singh Dhaliwal stated that cutting up of carcasses next door to the temple was deemed highly offensive to the many vegetarian temple-goers.
Bradford Council had originally granted the food firm permission to convert a car workshop in Percival Street into a wholesale meat plant in August last year. The plans were put on hold following the Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara’s objections.
Council leader David Green has said that after listening to the considerable concerns expressed by local people and groups about the planning application, the council was not prepared to spend any public money to oppose the judicial review.
Mr Dhaliwal said that: “Sikhs and Muslims have been living beside each other in the city for more than 50 years in a diverse community so I would believe that we are educated enough to know what may cause offence. Muslim’s understand a lot of the Sikh beliefs and it is the same the other way around.”
Mr Dhaliwal said the Gurdwara was delighted by the Council’s decision and were grateful for all the support they had received from Bradford’s other faith groups during their plight.