Proposed Worcester Park mosque causes friction in Lib Dem quarters
A Worcester Park councillor took to an internet forum to voice his "disappointment" about his Lib Dem colleague over proposals to build a mosque in Worcester Park.
Councillor Stephen Fenwick took to a social forum to voice his disappointment at his Lib Dem counterpart Roger Roberts over "rumours" Mr Roberts had said the proposals would be approved.
Sutton Council received a planning application in July to convert the old Bank Chambers in Worcester Park into a mosque.
The plans have been met with strong opposition based on the potential increase in traffic in the area. A debate on the Worcester Park blog has been raging since the proposals were outlined in the Sutton Guardian in July.
Councillor Fenwick wrote: "I am disappointed with Coun Roberts' comments to residents; his comments do not represent my views or my goals for Worcester Park."
When questioned about what comments he had been disappointed by, Mr Fenwick said was responding to "rumours" Mr Roberts had said plans for the mosque could be approved.
Councillor Roberts declined to comment.
Councillor Fenwick said criticising Coun Roberts on the blog had been "naive" and said "politicians make mistakes like everyone else."
He said: "I reacted in haste and in the heat of the moment. It was a bit naive to do it like that."
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