Law change affects Boothtown planning application

An application has been approved by Calderdale Council’s Planning Committee for the removal of conditions on a site in Boothtown, Halifax. Planning permission was granted for the site on Woodside Road back in 2015 for the demolition of garages and the construction of 14 dwellings which was subject to a number of conditions. The application that appeared before the committee was to remove two of the conditions. The first was for the provision of the need for education and the second was for the provision of open space. It was agreed that the condition for education was not now necessary and although an upgrade to existing public open space would be desirable, the development would still be acceptable without those works.

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Community Iftar brings all faiths together from across Calderdale

On Thursday 7th June we held our annual community Iftar here at Queen’s Road Neighbourhood Centre. Iftar is the evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset. For Sunnis, it is at the time of the call to prayer for the evening prayer; for Shias, it is after the evening prayer.

We welcomed over 100+ residents from across central Halifax and neighbouring wards aswell as local services that we work with including the Police, St Augustine’s, local Mosque and ward Councillors.

Hafiz Amjad from our local community opened the fast with dua (the prayer) before our staff from Halifax Central Initiative served the dinner to our guests. This is our fourth community iftar and is growing each  with more community residents including families and children attending and  from various backgrounds and faiths. It provides a better understanding and appreciation for why Muslims participate in Ramadan and the meaning behind it.

Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated with us and Ramadan Mubarak.