Church pots deal to covert Rileys snooker hall

A disused snooker hall in Luton will be converted into a church, the Herald & Post can confirm.

After Rileys Sports Bars went into administration in September it closed its Park Street snooker hall and placed it on the market for £500,000.

A further 14 venues across the country were also forced to close their doors after administrators were appointed.

The site is now set to be converted into a church hall after Luton Borough Council agreed to a planning application submitted by the Apolistic Faith Mission, which currently rents the UK Carnival Arts Centre on Saint Mary’s Road for its Sunday services.

A planning statement submitted to the council by Rev Elias Mbizi signals the church’s intent to run a range of community groups from the converted building.

It reads: “We would like to run projects for the community like a mother and children’s club, a man’s fellowship club and a youth club to train our youths to live in harmony and avoid gun and knife crime.

“As we are a church we are also passionate about helping and feeding the homeless, especially at Christmas time.”