Community centre and mosque plan for hotel site

    A landmark hotel in Nelson could be given a fresh lease of life as a Muslim community centre under part of plans for a new mosque in the town. The former Groves Hotel, off Manchester Road, has been earmarked by the UKIM Madina Masjid, currently based in Forest Street, as a potential new home. Blueprints for an _850,000 project of the community centre and new mosque have been submitted to Pendle council’s planning department. The Forest Street mosque started life in 1974 as a single shop, which was later expanded with the purchase of two adjacent properties. But the local community has outgrown the current premises, which is incorrectly orientated with Mecca for prayer and also suffers from limited car parking. A spokesman for the project said: “Madina Masjid had been searching for a new site for a number of years and had considered a variety of potential sites. “Firstly the location and secondly, size were the main determinants in the selection of the Spring Bank Cottage (the former Groves Hotel).”

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