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Landmark Wrexham buildings considered as mosque venue

Wrexham Miners' Institute
The institute was set up as a club for Wrexham miners

Two of Wrexham's most well known buildings have been highlighted as potential locations for a new mosque.

The Muslim Association of Wrexham has confirmed it is looking at the former Miners' Institute, the old Wrexham Lager building and other sites.

Treasurer Nasim Khalid said enough money was in place to buy a property, but the association is still inviting donations.

He said he hoped a decision on the new location would be made within weeks.

The association was formed about 20 years ago, but has never had a permanent mosque.

It has previously used a portable building and currently uses the Rhosddu Community Centre as a "prayer facility".

'Funding is in place'

Mr Khalid said several properties were "in the running".

Supporters are being invited to donate cash because Mr Khalid said "every little helps".

Among potential sites being considered is the former miners' institute which closed in 2008 after a drop in members.

The Old Brewery, former home of Wrexham Lager, is also under consideration.

Built in 1882, much of the brewery was demolished in 2003 during construction of a retail park.

Other sites include a plot near Wrexham's Maelor Hospital, one on Rhosddu Road, and "a couple of buildings in the town centre".

Mr Khalid said: "The funding is in place to purchase somewhere.

"I don't want to be specific at the moment because things could change when the committee meets.

"The committee will decide. No date has been set for the committee meeting yet, but I would hope a decision will be made within four to six weeks."



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