Cambridgeshire: residents ‘sickened’ by proposal to build small mosque in their village

Furious residents are accusing former council leader Fred Brown of trying to seek “petty revenge” after being voted out in the last election. People in Littleport say they are “sickened” that Mr Brown, former leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, wants to create a miniature mosque in the village.

Mr Brown, who lives in Littleport and owns several properties in the village, says he has a property which would be “ideal” for Ely Muslims to convert into a prayer centre. Mr Brown, who lost his seat during the elections in May, said he wants to meet up with the group.

But David Leuty, of The Holmes, Littleport, said: “The only reason he is even remotely considering helping these people is to stick two fingers up to everyone who was determined not to see him re-elected. I hope the Ely Muslims have enough sense to ignore his help. I feel sickened by it.”

Janice Hunter, of Main Street, said: “We don’t want a mosque here in Littleport, the same as the residents of Ely don’t. Fred Brown is simply trying to seek petty revenge on us all.”

Ely Weekly News, 30 September 2011