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Bushey United Synagogue delighted with Hertsmere Borough Council's eruv decision
Eruv applicants say they are "absolutely thrilled" with politicians' decision to approve their proposals to build a Jewish aerial boundary around Bushey.
Representatives from Bushey United Synagogue, in Sparrows Herne, say they are looking forward to greater discussions with the wider Bushey community.
The proposals to erect steel poles in 25 locations across Bushey was heard at Hertsmere Borough Council's planning committee meeting on Thursday.
Synagogue spokesman, Dan Blake, said: "We are absolutely thrilled that the committee gave unanimous backing to our eruv proposal and granted planning permission."
Despite the eruv proposals being approved by all ten committee members, the plans have met with strong opposition in the area, as many residents voiced their concerns over the lack of consultation there has been between the applicant and wider Bushey community.
Mr Blake said the synagogue hopes to embark on further discussions with the people in Bushey to tackle these reservations.
He said: "We look forward to further co-operation with the council in respect of the eruv’s implementation. We also look forward to further dialogue with the wider Bushey community."
On the Sabbath day, Jewish Law prohibits the carrying or transportation of items such as wheelchairs, pushchairs and handkerchiefs.
Inside the eruv, which will consist of existing natural boundaries, connected by 5.5 metre-high steel poles linked with fishing wire, these rules will be relaxed for observant Jews.
Speaking of the effect the planning approval will have on the Jewish community, Mr Blake said: "The Bushey eruv will be of tremendous benefit to a significant number of people, who will now be able to fully partake in community and social activities on the Sabbath."
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