De­vel­oper fu­els shul re­lo­ca­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY NAOMI FIRSHT

A PETROL sta­tion could be de­mol­ished to make way for a syn­a­gogue for a strictly Ortho­dox Manch­ester con­gre­ga­tion. Shom­rei Hadass hopes to move into part of a new de­vel­op­ment pro­posed for a Tex­aco garage site in Prest­wich. The de­vel­op­ment would also in­clude shops.

The grow­ing com­mu­nity of around 80 mem­bers wor­ships in a build­ing around 20 min­utes away on foot, and life­long con­gre­gant Leonard Seitler, 47, said the pro­posed site would be more con­ve­nient for the ma­jor­ity. “The plan is to move to a much bet­ter lo­ca­tion for the fu­ture of the shul.” It could also help to boost num­bers.

The syn­a­gogue would take up the first floor of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment. A kosher su­per­mar­ket is likely to be among shops on the ground floor.

It is hoped the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion will be ap­proved by the end of the year.

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