Householders still concerned about Hindu temple plans

Householders still concerned about Hindu temple plans

James Preston

Householders still concerned about Hindu temple plans

Concerns over proposals to put a Hindu temple in Lincoln Road in Maidenhead remain after plans were formally submitted for the site.

The Hindu Society of Maidenhead (HSM) has put in proposals to convert the former site of the Agnes Hayward Nursery at 29 Lincoln Road into a cultural centre but has been met with opposition from some members of the community.

Neighbours have raised concerns about issues including the temple's size, noise and parking, but the society says it has taken action to address potential problems following a meeting with residents in June.

Additions to the plans include extra parking and triple-glazed windows to combat the sound issue.

But some neighbours have said they still don't want the land to be used for a temple.

Glenda Wescott, who lives opposite the site, said she would much rather the land be used for flats or houses.

She added: "I don't object to a Hindu temple at all but it's just the wrong place."

Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, added: "The whole of the road is still very unhappy that it's even got this far. The community still feels it should never have put in a proposal in the first place due to the area it's in."

HSM chairman Chander-Mohan Malhotra said residents are 'welcome to their opinion' if they oppose the plans but said the society has listened and wants to assure neighbours.

He added: "We took all the details about the concerns and we have addressed them accordingly. We took all the relevant points and we took action to see how we can solve it."

The society is yet to buy the site, but is preparing a bid after successfully applying for the council-owned land to be listed as an asset of community value.

A decision on the plans is expected by September 24.

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