This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
Bid for new Guild stage
Worshippers want to replace a stage in a historic building as it is not strong enough to support the weight of a two-tonne statue of a god.
The Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Association, of London, is converting the grade II-listed Guild of Disabled building, in Colton Street, Leicester, into a place of worship.
It intends to put the marble effigy of the god Murthi in the prayer hall but said the existing wooden stage would not support it.
It is proposing a marble replacement.
Officers at Leicester City Council are considering the planning application.