Brick Lane 'hijab gates' scrapped

The controversial plan to install a gateway in the shape of the hijab on Brick Lane, an area which has deep Jewish heritage, has been scrapped by Tower Hamlets Council.

By Robyn Rosen, March 5, 2010
Brick Lane, where the 'hijab gates' were proposed

Brick Lane, where the 'hijab gates' were proposed

Plans to install giant “headscarf” arches in Brick Lane, the heart of the old East End Jewish community, have been scrapped just hours before councillors were due to make a decision.

The arches, labelled “hijab gates”, attracted wide criticism from local Jews as well as Muslims, heritage organisations and artist, Tracey Emin, who lives near Brick Lane.

They were part of a £1.85million “culture trail” proposed by Tower Hamlets council to “reflect the many cultural backgrounds that have occupied and sought refuge” in and around Brick Lane.

The trail also includes the erection of a 30-foot minaret outside a mosque and eight information boards.

A statement from the council said: “Due to the large amount of public interest shown over the proposed Brick Lane Arches, the planning applications which were due to be heard by the Development Committee on March 4 have been withdrawn to allow time to build upon the extensive community engagement and consultation the council has already done.”

Last updated: 2:13pm, March 5 2010