12:54PM, Wednesday 09 January 2013
Concerns have been raised about the potential impact of a proposed new cultural community centre on a residential street in Maidenhead.
Last month, the Hindu Society of Maidenhead (HSM) nominated the council-owned site of the former Agnes Hayward Nursery in Lincoln Road to be listed as an 'asset of community value' under the Government's new 'right to bid' legislation.
If successful, the group is hoping to get permission to convert it into a new centre for about 150 members.
But residents have said the street will be unable to handle the influx of visitors to the site and launched a petition protesting against the proposals.
More than 50 people have signed the petition, which has been sent to Maidenhead MP Theresa May, after it was launched by 69-year-old Barry Clarke.
Concerns include a lack of consultation on the proposals and potential parking problems on the street.
Chander-Mohan Malhotra, president of the HSM, said he would be happy to consult with residents if the Royal Borough gives the society permission to move forward with the proposals.
He added: "We are very much in control of the parking.
"A lot of people live locally and will travel together in the cars.
"The centre will also have parking for 20-25 cars."
The council is considering whether the nomination meets the specified criteria and other groups will be able to express an interest before all bids are considered.
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