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Proposed Construction of Community centre for Deaf Children.
Derelict land that has been blighted by fly-tippers for more than a decade is set to be revitalised with the building of a new community centre.
The Naqshbandia Active Development Association (NADA), which already runs the Jamia Masjid Naqshbandia Aslamia Islamic Centre in Tile Street, Manningham, has bought a stretch of land next to the centre and is in the early stages of planning to build a new hub for the community.
Nazim Ali, general secretary of the organisation, said: â€œIt has been used for fly-tipping for a number of years â€“ over a decade. Nothingâ€™s been done, itâ€™s just been left. We purchased it fairly recently and our idea is a multi purpose community centre to regenerate the area.â€
NADA already runs interfaith community days, football coaching and tournaments for youngsters. Its Â£500,000 Islamic Centre was completedin 2010.
The association will now launch a fundraising drive to help it acquire the money for the new development.
It is hoped a centre for deaf children, which runs at the Islamic Centre, will be extended with the new building. NADA also wants to run classes, sporting activities and advice sessions.
â€œWe know itâ€™s a long-term project, but we built the Islamic Centre in five months,â€ said Mr Ali.
â€œWhat gives us hope is weâ€™ve done a project before and people have seen we can deliver.â€
He said the community centre was part of an ambitious plan to regenerate the area, provide a social setting for residents and create a â€œfeel good factorâ€.