Saturday, October 10, 2015

Ex-Derby pub could become a mosque

The former Greyhound Inn, Village Street, could become a mosque
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A FORMER Derby pub will be converted into a mosque if a planning application is successful.
The Greyhound Inn, in Village Street, Normanton, closed in August, after it was put up for sale by owners Enterprise Inns.
Now the Jamia Mosque, Rosehill Street, has applied to Derby City to convert the building.
It has said there are no plans to change the outside of the premises.
It's application says the site would "serve it's local community's current needs", with up to 60 people attending at any one time.
It says: "The building would become a place of teaching, meetings and prayer.
"Tuition will take the form of lectures to a class of approximately 10 students for two to three hours in the later mornings and two hours in the early evenings, seven days a week.
"All lecturers will be part time Islamic educationalists and all teaching staff at the centre will be CRB checked."
The application adds "it is not anticipated to be in use after 10pm in the evenings".
The application says that the inn had recently been in the hands of a series of temporary landlords, keeping the building going while Enterprise sought to sell it.
It says: "The more historic Norman Arms house some 200m away to the east and Evington Social Club 200m to the west have and still serve the local community."
Both the landlord and pub regulars previously told of their disappointment that the hostelry would close.
Then landlord Will Hare said: "It's a nice community pub, with nice people. We are disappointed and they are sorry they are losing their local but there's nothing we can do about it."

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