11:55AM, Wednesday 20 August 2014
Options are being considered for a Royal Borough-owned site in Maidenhead after a planning application to turn it into a Hindu centre was turned down.
At a meeting tomorrow, cabinet is set to discuss proposals regarding a single-storey building in Lincoln Road which was formerly Agnes Hayward Nursery School.
An application to turn the building into a Hindu centre, submitted by the Hindu Society of Maidenhead (HSM), was turned down in September after councillors raised fears about the growing number of people who may use the site, the residential nature of the road and a lack of suitable parking.
HSM is now in the process of submitting a planning application for a Hindu Centre at a council-owned property in Blackamoor Lane.
Council officers have recommended the site be marketed and leased for community use, after a written proposal was submitted by a privately-owned childcare group seeking to operate from the site.
It would offer a childcare service after school and during holidays for children from three to 14 years old, and would initially accommodate 58 children per day.
However, officers have said the site's parking restrictions would need to be dealt with before any planning application would be granted permission.
Other options include the site being sold or a transfer to the council's trading company to be used for private rented accommodation.
At the same meeting cabinet will also be discussing a need to make savings of £5.2m for the 2015/16 budget.
An agenda report recommends cuts of £1.8m across adult and community services, operations and corporate services.
The meeting is due to take place at Windsor Guildhall.
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