The arrival of the new mosque in Gouda Noord now hinges on the decision of opposition party ChristenUnie's decision next week. The VVD and SGP have already decided to vote against the plans, Omroep West reports.
The mayor and the aldermen wants to put the medical daycare Gemiva, the special needs school De Ark and the Islamic Center El Wahda in the old Prins Willem Alexander Barracks. All three institutions have been looking for a new, larger location for at least 10 years. The three existing mosques in Gouda are overflowing with people and want to merge together into one large Islamic center. The mayor and the aldermen requested a loan from the City Council to move Gemiva and De Ark into the new location, the mosque will pay its own part in the complex.