Sunderland nightclub set to become a church as decision date set

Pastor Johnson Fajorin
Pastor Johnson Fajorin
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PLANS to convert an infamous former nightclub into a church could be given the go-ahead by councillors next week.

Living Praise Sunderland, a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has submitted proposals to Sunderland City Council to take over the building which was once home to the New Monkey Club in Pallion Road, Millfield.

A report to the council’s development sub-committee recommends a change of the use of the building, recognising it as a place of worship, along with a series of conditions.

RCCG spokesman Pastor Johnson Fajorin earlier told the Echo: “The plan is for the local people to come together and do things together. The building will be open to everyone, and projects will run seven days a week.”

In addition to three services a week, it aims to set up a host of activities for all ages.

Millfield councillor Iain Kay said: “Given that the intended use is a church, local people will be much happier with it than when it was a nightclub. I think there will be quite a lot of questions about opening times and parking, but given the size of the building, there aren’t many other things you could use it for other than a church. I’m delighted that someone has come along with an intention to use the building for a good cause.

“It’s so much better, after it was standing empty for years.”