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Synagogue agrees to a facelift
6:20am Sunday 20th October 2013 in News
SALE’S synagogue pledged to work with residents to improve the appearance of an outbuilding after a meeting of Trafford Council’s planning committee on Thursday last week.
The synagogue, in Hesketh Road, was granted planning permission in August 2012 to erect an outbuilding for office and storage accommodation following demolition of a demountable building.
Residents voiced their concerns after two shipping containers – one with a corrugated finish – arrived at the site, instead of an outbuilding.
The containers have been clad in a smooth plywood finish to make it look like one building, but Hesketh Road resident John Milner spoke of his disapproval of the structure in its current state.
He said: “Who among you would want shipping containers next to your home? I would suggest not,” he told councillors.
“Would any of you want such a view from your property? We need strong actions to stop strong abuse of the planning system.”
The planning committee unanimously agreed the synagogue now has until the end of January to change the containers’ appearance – including a new single flat roof – through repainting it and planting shrubs to screen its view from Hesketh Road.
It must also provide information of business activities taking place on the premises.
Anthony Nysenbaum – a synagogue member for 27 years – defended the development and said the synagogue would cooperate with the council to address concerns.
He said: “As a trustee I am aware of cordial relations with the surrounding community – until now.
“I am very happy with the recommendations with the report of planning. We are very happy to comply.
“We have been here for 70 years and we want to continue and live here. Who goes against this can be assured it will be combated very forcefully indeed.”
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