Camden Council to decide on whether an Eruv will be installed in Brent next week

Proposed boundary for the Brondesbury Eruv

Proposed boundary for the Brondesbury Eruv - Credit: Archant

A decision on whether an Orthodox Jewish boundary will be installed in parts of Brent will be made next week.

The proposals for the boundary of poles and wires, known as an Eruv, were given the green light by Brent Council last year but it will be unable to come to fruition without permission from Camden Council.

Jews will be allowed to carry out activities, including pushing a trolley or pram, carrying shopping or keys which is deemed as work and banned during the Sabbath within the ‘Brondesbury Eruv’.

The Eruv will covers the pavement on Kilburn High Road, Salusbury Road, Chamberlayne Road, Harrow Road, Station Road, Acton Lane, Craven Park, Bridge Road, Neasden Lane, Dudden Hill Lane, Kendal Road, Parkside and Cricklewood Broadway.

Permission is needed from Camden because it stretches into parts of West Hampstead, Swiss Cottage, Kilburn and Fortune Green.

Although it utilises existing walls and fences, there remain a number of locations where no natural boundary exists, principally across roads and footpaths where poles will be installed.

Brondesbury Park Synagogue, who made the application, has said the zone is needed to accommodate the needs of its “growing community”.

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It said: “The erection of an eruv not only relaxes an ancient religiously-held prohibition for the benefit of all observant Jewish residents but, more significantly, it allows those who are disabled, as well as those who are carers of disabled adults or pre-ambulant children, to leave the confines of their homes on Friday evenings and Saturdays.”

The council has since received a total of 73 written representations with 40 objecting and 27 in support.

Those objecting include Westminster Council who are opposed to the street clutter and the Combined Residents Associations of West Hampstead (CRASH), Fordwych Residents Association, West Hampstead local Community Group and St John’s Wood Society with concerns ranging from its size, the amount of street clutter, and need to take in the views of all the community rather than just a minority group.

However one Jewish father-of-three, who has a child with special needs, wrote: “Effectively we are housebound on Saturdays due to the lack of an Eruv. Having lived temporarily in Golders Green [where an Eruv already exists] we noticed a marked improvement in the quality of life and family time as we were not effectively confined to our home every Saturday.”

Others in support pointed out that it would be a great benefit to the Jewish community with no real adverse effect on the rest of the borough as the poles are discreet and won’t create any additional obstacles.

It would also enable people to attend synagogue, social functions and leisure activities and enable disabled people in wheelchairs to leave their homes on the Sabbath.

Camden Council officers have recommended the Eruv, with a few minor location amendments, gets the go ahead.

Members of the Development Control Committee will consider the plans on September 24.

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