Hindu Temple Faces Demolition Due to Road Project

June 18, 2004

Source: Daily Post


On June 18, 2004 the Daily Post reported, "Merseyside's only Hindu temple faces demolition as part of a proposed £6m road project...The temple, which is attended by 450 families from across the North West, could be pulled down to make way for a widened Edge Lane in Kensington. City planners hope to create a widened expressway which will allow better access to Liverpool city centre from the east in time for Capital of Culture year 2008. The planned widening near the Holt Road area would also see the purchase and then demolition of 250 terraced homes. The controversial plans by Liverpool Land Development Company (LLDC) will be unveiled to residents on Monday as part of a two-day public consultation. In the absence of agreed property sales homes will be served compulsory purchase orders. The first demolitions would start in two years time if the scheme receives planning approval. The Hindu temple, which is run by the Hindu Cultural Organisation, has been on its present site, a former Welsh Presbyterian Chapel, since 1978. Temple manager Kiran Khaneja said she was 'shocked' by the news. She added: 'All we have been told is that there are a series of meetings planned but nothing has been mentioned about this.'"