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London’s Indian Community Struggles To Stop Closure Of A Hindu Temple

 London’s Indian Community Struggles To Stop Closure Of A Hindu Temple

Watford Indian community members are struggling to protect a Hindu temple in that area.

The community people have initiated a petition online to protect the temple in Watford, a town in Hertfordshire, England, 18 Km northwest of London.

Watford Borough Council recently decided to shut down the temple.

The petition to prevent the closure of the temple has received over 10,000 signatures from supporters.

Prashanth Elangovan states that the Temple Vel Murugan is at risk of closure by Watford Borough Council, planning to develop a sports village on this premise, and has given a deadline of 17th September to vacate.

Mr Prasanth, a candidate for the Conservative council of the Meriden ward and a temple representative, said that the temple has no prospects of any other alternative location and will need to close if the council does not change its decision. At present, the temple is located in Horseshoe Lane at the Owls Bowls club building.

The temple has been on that property on a Tenancy contract pending lease renewal.

Mr Prasant states that trustees are trying to extend the current lease while searching for another location to shift to.

Council sent a letter to trustees on 26th August stating that they have time till 17th September to evacuate the building and “provide vacant possessions to the council”.

They also made threats to change the locks from the due date.

Nevertheless, Mayor Peter Taylor said that the issue is “political”, and they are trying to find a solution with the Trust.

Ramesh Gowri Raghvan

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