Former Shotton Lane Social Club demolished after arson attack

The charred remains of the old Shotton Lane Social Club building has now been demolished – one month after it was torched by arsonists.

The community building had been earmarked to become an Islamic cultural centre under plans put forward by Flintshire Muslim Cultural Society (FMCS).

But before a buyout could take place the building was destroyed in an arson attack in the early hours of February 4, and about 100 nearby residents had to be evacuated from their homes.

Police and fire crews spent days investigating the wreckage of the former social, which had been the hub of the Shotton community for almost a century before it closed.

The plans provoked strong protests and about 100 members of right-wing group the English Defence League marched through the streets of Shotton in January to voice their opposition, while the British National Party also co-ordinated a leaflet campaign against the proposals.

A police investigation to catch the arsonists is ongoing.

Flintshire Chronicle, 10 March 2011