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Harrow Council approve eruv poles in Stanmore which will complete Bushey Jewish boundary
Politicians have unanimously approved the erection of six poles in Stanmore, thereby completing the continuous religious boundary of the Bushey eruv.
The application for the remaining six sites forming the Jewish aerial boundary was heard at Harrow Council on Tuesday.
This will mean that the Bushey eruv will be complete and will span the two neighbouring boroughs.
Last month, Hertsmere Borough Council approved the controversial planning application, which will see steel poles erected in 25 locations across Bushey, connected by fishing wire.
The application for the Bushey eruv was submitted on behalf of Bushey United Synagogue, in Sparrows Herne.
On the Sabbath day, Jewish Law prohibits the carrying or transportation of items such as wheelchairs, pushchairs and handkerchiefs from a private domain other than within an enclosed area.
For something to qualify as an enclosed area, it can include walls or fences at least one metre high, creating a structure known as a gateway.
Inside this enclosure, which will form an eruv, these strict rules will be relaxed for observant Jews.
All six of the sites in the Stanmore Park ward are located in the Metropolitan Green Belt.
The poles would be 73mm in diameter and 5.5 metres high with thin connecting wire.
However, in documents submitted to the council, planning officers said that, due to the slender diameter of the poles and their locations they would not "represent inappropriate development in the Green Belt".
Planning officers also stated that: "Overall the individual sites that make up the proposed eruv are considered to represent minor development that would not result in adverse impact on their surroundings and would have a significant community benefit."
Despite deliberations for the Hertsmere eruv proposals lasting about two hours, the decision to approve the Harrow site took just a few minutes.
All politicians voted in favour of the proposals.
Although the applications have been approved by the councils, the Bushey community group that has spearheaded a campaign against the eruv have said they intend to fight the proposals.
Spokesperson, Gay Butler, said: "We’re still following several lines of action in relation to how this was carried out and where we go from here."
Mrs Butler said she is not surprised at Harrow’s decision to grant planning permission.
She said: "I would have been most surprised if they had turned it down because it went through in Hertsmere and it’s an area right on our doorstep."
Eruvs have also been approved in Borehamwood, Edgware and Stanmore.
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