11:00AM, Thursday 03 November 2016
Plans have now been submitted for a Hindu centre to be built on land adjacent to the car park in Lower Cookham Road.
A formal application has been sent to the Royal Borough by the Maidenhead Hindu Society for consideration at an upcoming Maidenhead Development Control Panel meeting.
The council is due to make a decision on the application by Thursday, December 15, and comments on the plans must be submitted by Wednesday, November 23.
However, some nearby residents have opposed the plans, and set up the Boulters Riverside Community Interest Company (CIC) to lodge a rival bid for the council-owned land, which they will consider developing into allotments if successful.
Mick Jarvis, the Boulters Riverside CIC chairman, was concerned with parts of the society’s application, claiming there is ‘conflicting information, missing information and misinformation’.
When asked yesterday (Wednesday) he did not provide a specific example of how the public had been misinformed by the plans, but said residents were concerned a biodiversity survey did not appear to have been completed. He said bats and snakes were known to have been on the land.
Boulters Riverside CIC has launched a website, www.saveboultersriverside.co.uk, and a petition on the borough’s website opposing the centre has reached more than 100 signatures.
However, Chander Malhotra, the president of Maidenhead Hindu Society, said it had carried out a bat survey, and still had some surveys to be completed before a decision was due.
He stressed it was important the building was built for the Hindu community.
“We have been fighting for this for 12 years,” he said.
“We have a lot of elderly people, they can’t walk to the next one in Slough.
“They don’t have many facilities like a car.
“We are also talking about the new generation.
“There is a need to know the culture.”
The Advertiser is carrying out an ongoing poll on whether or not the community centre should be built near Boulters Lock. At the time of writing, 1,864 votes have been cast, with 60 per cent of voters saying 'no', it shouldn't be built, and 37 per cent saying 'yes'. Just three per cent were undecided.
Please note: Our online poll only serves as a representation of the opinions of those who voted. It does not claim to represent the views of our readership or public as a whole.
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