|Column Lodge - Sold to Shropshire Bangladesh Welfare Society|
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The former church, based near to the Column roundabout, was home to the council’s registration services before they were transferred to the Guildhall in Frankwell last year.
Martin Kabir, a trustee of the Shropshire Bangladesh Welfare Society, today said the building would become a Muslim prayer centre and community room, and it would be open to all members of the public. He said: “The building was a place of worship years ago.
“It will become a facility for Muslim prayer and a day care centre. It is a first for Shrewsbury and everyone will be welcome.
“We have been looking for somewhere for a long time and this is close to the outskirts of town and easy to access.”
A statement in support of the planning application said that at peak times on a Friday afternoon there could be up to 50 visitors.
See the full story on the Shropshire Star website here:
Shropshire Branch of the BNP calls on Shropshire Council to decide upon this Planning Application at an Open Meeting.
Previously, the Council had opted for a similar decision in to be made by unelected planning officers, when Oswestry Muslim Society applied to convert a former church into a mosque.
We demand electoral accountability, which means that only elected councillors must be the ones who make the decisions that have the potential to alter Shropshire's cultural landscape.
A full local campaign is planned by Shropshire BNP to raise awareness of these proposals.