Terms agreed for new £4m mosque

Muslim leaders and a Berkshire council have agreed the final terms for a _4m mosque to be built in Reading. The mosque will be built on the corner of Wokingham Road and Green Road. The new building will include a prayer house, washing facilities, classrooms for male and female students and more than 100 parking spaces. Funding is being raised by the Muslim community. A report is due before the cabinet. The building, classical in design with a silver dome in the centre, will provide a social as well as religious focus for the Muslim community across Reading, the borough council said. The previous mosque, which will return to residential use, had inadequate parking facilities – there will be 115 parking spaces at the new building. David Sutton, Reading Borough Council leader, said: “This partnership between the council and the Muslims of Reading sends a strong message about community integration and social harmony in our town, and I am very proud about that. “I look forward to the grand opening of another new Reading landmark.”http://www.themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=82FE24E162F2D18292E0E562&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News