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Traders in Edgware support Barnet Borough Council's decision to allow new synagogue
Traders in an Edgware shopping parade have expressed their support for a new synagogue which is moving into the area.
Business owners in Edgware Way are supportive of Barnet Borough Council’s decision to grant KBA planning permission to open a small synagogue in Mowbray House, Edgware Way.
Elchonon Litke, director of Kosher Meat Centre Limited, said: “It will promote business. The synagogue will be quiet, I don’t think it will generate more noise.
“I am very supportive of it.
“I am very happy – it brings more customers in.
“The whole parade will be busier when it arrives.”
Tal Retchpaul, an optical technician at Fast Lens agreed.
He said: “I will support it. It will bring more people to the area and they will spend more money.
“Anyone coming to the community is a good thing.”
When the planning application was submitted some people expressed concerns that a new synagogue would cause parking problems in the area.
However, the traders do not agree.
Barry Abraham, manager of K Grill, said: “It is good that it’s coming here.
“There’s nothing wrong with it. I don’t see the negatives.
“I think a lot of the people will walk here so it shouldn’t cause a parking problem – I don’t see it causing any harm.”
Planning permission to open the synagogue was granted at a council meeting on October 4.
However, there are restrictions upon the new facility.
Planning officers have said that no more than 50 people will be allow to attend a service at any one time and the synagogue will not be permitted to hold weddings or Bar Mitzvahs.