Mosque still on track

The shell of the mosque
The shell of the mosque
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RUMOURS that work has stopped on the new Kirkcaldy mosque because of a lack of funds have been quashed.

Whispers about the project running out of cash have been circulating in the past few months after a lull in building activity at the new building at the corner of Hendry Road and Dunnikier Way.

But, speaking to the Press this week, Mohammed Naeem, chairman of the Kirkcaldy Central Mosque, said the stories were completely untrue.

He said the delay had been caused by a Glasgow roofing contractor, earmarked to carry out the specialist work, telling them that they were now too busy to do the work because of the Commonwealth Games.

“We were let down by this contractor and had to appoint a new one, which we have done. They will be starting very shortly – in around three weeks or so,” said Mr Naeem.

“There are still bits and pieces of work being done on the building, but we can’t get things like the windows started on until the roof is complete.

Three-year project

“We have heard the rumours that there is no money to continue the work, but these are false.

‘‘There is still money coming in regularly through pledges.

‘‘This is a three-year phased project which will be done depending on funds, and it is still on schedule.”

When complete, the three-storey building, which was originally turned down by the Council but overturned in 2011 following an appeal to the Scottish Government, will feature men and women’s halls, prayer and teaching rooms, a library, games hall, washroom and caretaker’s facilities.

Mr Naeem added: “We are having a charity dinner at Murrayfield Stadium in four weeks time, when there will be around 1000 people coming along, and that will raise a lot of money.”

He said the whole project was set to cost around £1.2 million, and a lot of money had already been raised or was still to come in in pledges, with more coming in through monthly standing orders.

No threat

“There is no danger of this project not being completed, we are all 100 per cent behind it,” he said.

Meanwhile, it is understood a number of outstanding conditions placed on the planning application for the mosque when it was approved by Fife Council’s planning committee are in the process of being dealt with.