Millionaire and Muslims fight for Gravesend pub
PUBLISHED: 16:41 15 September 2010 | UPDATED: 08:56 16 September 2010
Philanthopist offers to buy pub for use by a children's home
A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE incensed by the plight of a children’s home facing eviction is planning to buy owners a £400,000 pub already wanted as a new mosque.
Philanthropist Colin Gay, owner of car dealership G&M Motors on Milton Road, Gravesend, is offering to buy the Westcourt Inn on St Hildas Way on behalf of group Action in Care to continue its vital work caring for abused teens.
The self-made businessman, who also owns property across the borough, attended a planning meeting recently where the home’s hopes to remain in The Avenue, Gravesend were plunged into doubt.
He was so angry about their treatment he decided to put in a bid to rival one already made by members of the Muslim community.
He said: “I thought it was terrible, for them to be told you can’t be there because it’s this nice middle class street was terrible. I thought there must be somewhere else. If they can’t be there, what about here?.
“I see what they do as being like a hospital. They are there to help these kids and if I can help I will.”
The Westcourt Inn, a Shepherd Neame pub, is already the subject of a bid from the Gravesend Muslim Cultural and Education Centre,
They have submitted a planning application stating they would split the pub into a mosque and two classrooms to teach about the faith and other issues, which has been met with opposition from residents.
To read the full story see the September 16 edition of The Reporter