Residents Oppose New Cemetery In East Lancashire

against cemetery in Oswaldtwistle

Islamification By Stealth and the proposed Muslim Cemetery and Funeral Rites Building at Oswaldtwistle.

The erosion of British society by the forces of multiculturalism never happens in large bites out of British culture, but takes place through a gradual process of small bites. Such a situation is now taking place in East Lancashire.

An organisation called the Issa Foundation is proposing to create an Islamic cemetery and funeral facilities to serve the Muslim population of adjacent towns. The Issa Foundation wants to purchase land between Blackburn and Oswaldtwistle, a number of fields totaling 84 acres (roughly 40 football pitches), currently this land is classed as ‘green-belt’ space.

The plans include the provision of 35,000 burial plots, an Islamic funeral parlour, where the dead can be ritually prepared for burial, and an Islamic prayer hall. The Issa Foundation has denied rumours that they also intend to build a mosque on the site, but the submitted plans also requires the creation of a sizeable car park capable of providing over 660 parking spaces.

This is not a small undertaking and will have a huge impact on a semi-rural area off the Blackburn Road, and on the outskirts of the small town of Oswaldtwistle. The Issa Foundation was established by the billionnaire brothers Mohsin Issa and Zubair Issa, who own the ASDA super-market chain.

Residents in Oswaldtwistle, Knuzden, Stanhill and West End are putting together a fighting fund as they step up their opposition to plans for the major new cemetery. They have set up a group called ‘Say No to the Cemetery’ and a GoFundMe page which has raised almost £9,000. A target has been set of £30,000 by the end of 2021 to help the residents work with planning professionals to help in their opposition to the plans.

The GoFundMe page can be found here.

The website will also help residents who wish to write a personal objection letter, including those who do not have computer access. Residents are concerned about the loss of greenbelt land, the scale of the development, flood risks, impact on crime and traffic.

This is not the first time that there have been attempts to build such a facility in this region of Lancashire, previous attempts to build a similar site in the Ribble Valley in 2012 and 2015 were successfully opposed under local planning laws and were prevented by local opposition.

This situation will not go away and is the result of mass immigration into the towns of East Lancashire in the 1960’s and 1970’s when thousands of Pakistani immigrants were allowed to settle principally in the towns of Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley, Bury, Rochdale and Oldham, as well as larger cities like Manchester and Preston.

Since that period the financial and political influence of this Pakistani community has spread out across Lancashire and is flexing its muscle to impose its cultural and religious values on the entire region.

There is considerable opposition to the Oswaldtwistle Muslim cemetery project but it is certain that well funded organisations like the Issa Foundation will try again. This attempt to push through the proposals is just another by-product of mass immigration and imposed multiculturalism.

This site is just up the road from the billionaire Blackburn brothers’ £100million Frontier Park complex which has a service station, several food outlets, a ‘Hampton by Hilton’ hotel and various industrial units.

Their parents, Vali and Zubeda, came to Bradford from Gujurat, India, in the 1970s to work in the textile industry. Their father eventually bought a petrol station where the brothers worked part-time. Their first venture together was buying a petrol forecourt in Bury in 2001 before expanding across East Lancashire and creating Euro Garages.

The Issa brothers bought the supermarket giant ASDA in 2020 for £6.8bn from US retail giant Walmart. Their petrol station portfolio EG Group has nearly 6,000 forecourts across 10 countries.

Riding roughshod over the wishes of local residents – the Issa brothers.

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