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Neighbours of an Edmonton temple are in outrage over their plans to redevelop the site
Proposals to expand a temple have left those living closest to the site in outrage.
After moving into its premises in Church Lane, Edmonton, ten years ago, the Hindu Tamil Cultural Association (HTCA) has made various changes.
Now, plans to drastically redevelop the temple - erecting a new pavilion at the front and upgrading facilities inside - have sparked fury among neighbours, with 90 signing a petition against the scheme.
The plans will be debated by Enfield Borough Council's planning committee tonight, and officers have recommended refusing permission.
Darren King, of St Joan’s Road, close to the temple, believes the new proposals will heavily congest parking in adjacent roads.
Latymer Road resident Rachelle Romeo fears for her privacy if planning permission is granted.
She said: “It would be covering over all our gardens, it will invade people’s privacy, it will knock prices down and they would be able to see into our bedrooms or bathrooms at the back of the house.
“The noise pollution is constant; day and night drumming and the influx of vehicles is a nuisance. I have two children and I like to be able to park close to my house but sometimes I have to park all the way down the road.”
A Church Lane resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “It’s chock-a-block. Even going to pick my wife up from the station down the road is an issue. The majority of people are against it.”
Arumangum Murugesu, head of the temple’s planning committee, does not believe this will impact heavily on neighbours.
He said: “We want to embrace the local community, it doesn’t matter what religion you are, and we will welcome everybody.
“At the moment we can only fit about 100 people maximum into our temple but we hope to redevelop to fit more people in.”
The redevelopment, which it is hoped will create eight more parking spaces, will cost the temple an estimated £4million.
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