Riverside residents are appealing for funds to fight plans to build a Hindu Centre and Temple next to Boulters Lock.
In July 2017 the council’s planning committee refused planning permission for the development after strong opposition led by Boulters Riverside Community Interest Company (CIC). This company was formed by local residents to oppose this development.
Not one councillor voted in favour of the planning application.
Undeterred, the Hindu Society lodged an appeal against that decision. Residents have recently been told that this matter will be decided by the Planning Inspectorate on the basis of a local Hearing. We expect this to be in early autumn.
Riverside residents have been fighting this project since 2016. Now we need more funding to challenge the appeal.
The CIC objections are the same as they always were:
- This is a completely unsuitable building, in size and use, to locate in the Riverside, which is Maidenhead’s premier tourist attraction.
- The building will add to demand on space in the adjoining car park which is already full to capacity on many days, and will come under more pressure because of new parking restrictions in nearby roads and with the opening of the new footbridge across the river.
- The development makes a mockery of the council’s Borough Local Plan, which promises to promote the leisure and recreational use of the Riverside, and of the council’s Making the Most of the Riverside initiative, designed to make the area more attractive to everyone who visits the area.
In addition, the council has now committed to build a new community centre as part of the redevelopment plan for the town centre. The Hindu Society of Maidenhead has been invited to share in the use of this new facility. This is a much more suitable site, and since they have always said they envisaged a centre for the use by the whole community, they can now have no reason to pursue the Boulters Lock plan.
How will the money be spent?
Until now, the costs of fighting the proposal have been met by a small group of residents.
To have a good chance of winning an appeal, we need help to cover legal and specialist consultant costs. All the money we raise will be spent on getting professional help so that we can oppose this development.
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