Kerry Smith, Independence councillor for Nethermayne, said the complaints need to be handled carefully as the venue is being used for religious purposes.
He added: “I have been looking into this issue for the past few months, and have been talking to officers. We‘re looking into a number of options.
“This is a sensitive issue, and we need to be careful about how we deal with it.”It is, of course, as a perusal of Farenheit211’s archives would tell you, the perennial problem of pop-up mosques making everyone’s lives a misery.
Up to 60 people visit Kingswood Play Centre every Friday afternoon for Jumma prayers, with between 40 and 50 Muslims returning on Sunday afternoons for workshops.
Stephen Ward, Ukip councillor for Pitsea South East, has been contacted by angry neighbours, as he lives in the road.
He said: “Residents are fed up. It’s a nightmare. There is nowhere left for them to park, and they are struggling to get through the road because it is blocked both sides.
“Children can’t see oncoming traffic when they’re crossing the road or even walk down the path. It’s dangerous. It’s an accident waiting to happen.
“The community centre has a car park, but it obviously isn’t big enough. People visiting the mosque have even tried to park in the doctor’s surgery car park, but they’ve been told to stop.
“I’m worried about racial tensions boiling up. Residents have even gone to the police, but have been told there is nothing they can do.”Well, of course. Even though obstructing the road is an offence, the authorities will run a mile from having to deal with it should it be caused by a certain demographic.
Mohammed Yaqub, from the South Essex Islamic Trust, which rents out the centre for weekly prayers, said he has not been approached by residents.
He said: “The centre has a car park so I wouldn’t say it’s normally a problem. Sometimes if extra people turn up we do have to park on the road because there is nowhere else for the cars to go.
“We were very busy over Ramadam as it is such a special event for us, so parking probably was an issue then.”Or, to translate: “*shrug* What are you gonna do, kaffir, give us parking tickets?”