The inaugural meeting of an action group which will oppose the proposed creation of a religious boundary in a large area of Hale and Hale Barns took place on Tuesday evening. The meeting was a low-key strategy meeting but it brought together representatives from the Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Humanist communities.
The group is to be called “South Trafford against the Eruv” or STATE for short.
The Eruv scheme is the reincarnation of a proposal by a small section of the Jewish Community led by Rabbi Portnoy, from Hale Synagogue. It is estimated that less than 12 families will benefit from this development. The majority of the Jewish community in the area are opposed to this proposal as they prefer to live peacefully in our diverse community. This proposal has the potential to seriously damage social cohesion, in times when religious privilege could lead to hatred and factionalism within the community.
The proposed area has a boundary of about 13-miles and will be made up of tall posts and wires together with existing natural boundaries/perimiters. It includes Hale Village south of the railway, and most of Hale and Hale Barns and some of Altrincham.
In November 2014 there was a public meeting called by Rabbi Portnoy, which was attended by more than 300 people. The majority present were opposed to the eruv. Yet despite promises to reconsider and keep residents informed, plans for the eruv are to be submitted imminently to Trafford Planning Committee, with no prior warning. Consultation has been very limited and appears to have been primarily with other faith leaders.
There is significant opposition to this scheme from within the Hale Synagogue community and also neighbouring Bowdon Synagogue, who have officially distanced themselves from the project.
If you want more information or can offer help and support to STATE there are details at thewellgreen.org.uk
Neil Taylor on 07825 077204