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Jewish eruv in Bushey approved but residents declare 'the fight goes on'
Residents declare that the fight against plans to build an aerial Jewish boundary around Bushey "is not over", despite politicians unanimously approving the proposals.
The controversial application to erect a Jewish eruv, which will consist predominantly of 5.5 metre-high steel poles in 25 locations across Bushey, was approved by Hertsmere Borough councillors last Thursday.
The boundary, which will be connected by fishing wire, will turn Bushey into an area where strict Sabbath rules are relaxed for orthodox Jews, such as carrying or transporting items like wheelchairs, pushchairs and handkerchiefs.
Committee members representing residents who oppose the religious boundary met on Wednesday night to discuss their plans to tackle the proposals.
Speaking on behalf of the committee, Gay Butler said the group are looking for representatives from each road in Bushey in order to canvass opinion regarding the approval of the eruv.
The 67-year-old Chiltern Avenue resident said: "We would like people to volunteer to canvass their local area to gauge the feelings of the community road by road.
"The important thing is to get the message out to the public that the issue is not over."
The retired teacher said she is still receiving emails from concerned people who feel there has been a substantial lack of consultation between the Bushey United Synagogue, who the application was submitted on behalf of, and the town’s residents.
Mrs Butler said: "We have various plans of action at this stage, but our main goal right now is really just trying to speak with as many people as possible who may feel that they missed out on an opportunity to express their views on the application.
"We want to get a very clear view of just how strong the feelings are concerning the whole planning procedure."
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