Scottish paper, The Herald, reports on the decision taken by East Renfrewshire Council on a proposal to build a mosque and Islamic community centre on council-owned grounds in the vicinity of Eastwood High School in Newton Mearns.
The proposal, which attracted campaigning against it by parents with children at the school, has been dropped with ERC looking at alternative sites for the community centre and mosque.
A report by the council to be published later this week is expected to confirm the abandoning of the proposal, stating: "In view of the volume of representations received, the sensitivity concerning the proposal and the extremely wide range of issues raised, it is recommended that this proposed modification be pursued no further and is not included in the plan.
"The identification of a suitable site for a Muslim religious facility remains a key aspiration of the council and the need for such a facility was supported by the wider community during the consultation process."
The Herald reports that parents “said they had concerns at the possibility of violent protests outside the school gates and the potential for vandalism, fireraising or even terrorist- style bomb attacks following interest in the proposal from far-right extremists.”
SNP councillor Vincent Waters said: "It's been disappointing to see so much negativity in the public discussion about the proposal."
A statement from East Renfrewshire Mosque and Community Centre said: "Muslims have been living in East Renfrewshire for over 40 years and have been trying to establish a mosque within the area for a number of years, without success.
"At present there a few community centres available which provide Muslim facilities to pray, but there is still no dedicated mosque for the growing Muslim community of East Renfrewshire.
"This is particularly unfortunate considering that East Renfrew-shire is a multi- faith and diverse community where there are numerous churches and synagogues."
An article in the Sunday Herald exploring local opposition to the plans and the far right Scottish Defence league’s hijacking of the issue, notes that “Consultation by the council attracted nearly 3000 comments on the proposal. Nearly two-thirds - 1921 - were against the idea, around one-third - 995 - in favour.”