London, Mosque objectors

A plan to turn part of the Trocadero building in Piccadilly Circus into a mosque has met with a barrage of objections. The building is owned by the businessman Asif Aziz, and it is his educational charity, the Asif Foundation, that has applied to Westminster council for permission to convert its ground floor and basement (which has been vacant since 2005) into a mosque that would “serve the Muslim community and provide community space to those of all faiths and none”. But after the issue was highlighted by an anonymous vlogger, the council’s website was inundated with objections, including that it would not fit in with “the character of the area”; that Islam is “not the religion of this country”; and that it might make LGBT people in nearby Soho feel “uncomfortable”.