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Controversy over Hindu temple plan as community centre finds new home
Saturday 1st February 2014 @ 17:00 by Max Wieland

An Ashton temple and community centre has a new home after a lengthy search and a rocky planning ride.

Outline planning permission was granted for the temple and centre’s move last week but not without controversy.

The decision was made by planning chiefs in front of a more than full-capacity committee room, with extra seats brought in for the application’s many objectors.

The large numbers of complainers present were objecting on the grounds that granting permission for a Hindu temple and multi-cultural community centre would improve the likelihood that parking and traffic would considerably increase in the area.

The 12 members sitting on the Speakers Panel heard accounts from both the objectors and from the applicant and were ultimately split equally themselves when it came to the vote, meaning approval was given.

It means that residents of Wilshaw Lane can now expect two buildings and a car park for 114 cars on the former site of Dale Grove School.

The council-owned site has long since been cleared and means Shree Ram Mandir, the temple and community centre based on Kenyon Street, have at long last secured a site for a bigger and newer centre.

The centre has previously failed in attempts to expand since 2005.

– You can read more on this story in this weeks Tameside Reporter (January 30 edition).