Plans have been revealed to convert a historic pub, believed to be up to 400 years old, into a religious culture centre.Yeah, we all know just which religion, don't we?
South Essex Islamic Trust has purchased the former Barge Inn, High Road, Vange and is now fundraising for £250,000 to cover the full cost of the site.
The charity refused to comment on the plans but posted about it on its website.Because it seems their ambitions outstrip their resources, so they are forced to beg for the balance.
“The purchase was £450,000 plus VAT of £90,000 and stamp duty of £12,000 which equals £552,000.
“South Essex Islamic Trust has already collected funds of up to £300,000
“A deposit of £45,000 has been paid by the trust to secure the purchase, which we could lose if the remaining amount is not paid.
“We need your support to raise £250,000 by October 4.”But it's done quite a done deal, even if they do raise the balance.
Aidan McGurran, Labour councillor for Vange said: “Whoever has bought or ends up buying the Barge site will have to submit plans for consideration – it is not necessarily a case of delivering whatever the landowner wants.
“It seems there is some doubt still over whether the successful bidder will be able to raise the required funds in time – it is a very tight timescale – so we will have to see what happens.”Another one to watch.