Sivayogam's 'Hindu cultural centre' in Colliers Wood given green light

Devotees of the Sivayogam Temple were evicted from their home of 16 years in Tooting in May 2012

The new site in High Path, Colliers Wood, where they plan to set up a new Hindu cultural centre

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Hindu worshippers evicted from their temple last year have found a new home in Merton after an application for a new ‘Hindu cultural centre’ was approved by councillors.

Bailiffs executed a dawn raid on the Sivayogam temple in Hebdon Road, Tooting on May 22, 2012, following a long running legal dispute with the building’s owner Barrowfen Properties Ltd which wanted to turn it into a Travelodge.

Eleven priests sleeping in the art deco building were evicted and the building sealed, preventing worshippers from entering or removing 16 gold and gem encrusted statues of gods believed to be worth around £100,000.

Following a high court hearing temple trustees were later allowed back into the building for one day only to remove their possessions.

After losing their home of 16 years the devotees set up a temporary base in Croydon, but have now found a permanent home after receiving permission to turn a former industrial warehouse in High Path, Colliers Wood, into a Hindu cultural centre.

The centre will comprise a prayer hall and temple, day care centre for the elderly, a youth centre, restaurant and accommodation for ten priests.

MP for Mitcham and Morden Siobhan McDonaugh, writing to support the application, said: "At present, there is a large Hindu community in Merton, including a very large number of Tamils, who play a full role within Merton’s wider population.

"However, they are currently not well served in terms of places to worship or other community facilities.

"This application presents an opportunity to support that community.

"It will create extra jobs.

"It will lead to more day care support for older citizens.

"It will have a relatively low impact on the surrounding neighbourhood."

The application was approved by councillors at a planning meeting on Thursday, August 15.

A previous application to build the centre on a nearby site in Colliers Wood was rejected.

 

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5:04pm Mon 19 Aug 13

robmorleyuk says...

Local grundian reporting at work again.
This is in Wimbledon -Abbey Ward, not Colliers Wood unless there’s been some unpublished annexing going on.
I’m sure many visitors will appreciate the significantly shorter walk from South Wimbledon tube station while those wanting a little exercise may still prefer the distant Colliers Wood connection.

Journalism college, 2nd lesson: Fact checking. Not covered by blogging 101 ?
Local grundian reporting at work again. This is in Wimbledon -Abbey Ward, not Colliers Wood unless there’s been some unpublished annexing going on. I’m sure many visitors will appreciate the significantly shorter walk from South Wimbledon tube station while those wanting a little exercise may still prefer the distant Colliers Wood connection. Journalism college, 2nd lesson: Fact checking. Not covered by blogging 101 ? robmorleyuk
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9:44am Tue 20 Aug 13

Lauren May says...

Please find council application details below with address of site listed officially as Colliers Wood. Any objections please take it up with them. Thanks.

Application Number - 13/P1132
Site Address - 61 High Path, Colliers Wood, London SW19 2JT
Please find council application details below with address of site listed officially as Colliers Wood. Any objections please take it up with them. Thanks. Application Number - 13/P1132 Site Address - 61 High Path, Colliers Wood, London SW19 2JT Lauren May
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12:18pm Tue 20 Aug 13

robmorleyuk says...

Thank you for engaging on this, it would have been easy to simply move on to the next article and ignore my protest.
I would apologise but the post code checker for My Neighbourhood on Merton.gov website doesn’t include this property on that code. Post Codes are a business aid and frequently cross both political and geographical boundaries.
Ordnance Survey maps, reproduced in part and displayed outside Colliers Wood station show the boundary for Colliers Wood to run along the path of the River Wandle with the large Sainsburys to its East, High Path and Wimbledon to the West.
The electoral boundaries document on the Merton.gov website indicates the property to be in Abbey Ward, Wimbledon not Colliers Wood.
The residents of High Path and adjacent roads did not get a vote in the recent Colliers Wood by-election.

These are political and geographical indicators that this is not in Colliers Wood but in Wimbledon.

The post code for the property appears to be SW19 2JY, not ending in 2JT, an easy typo, so possibly the originally submitted paperwork is in error. Hopefully that will not prove an issue for the cultural centre.

As I mentioned – possibly some unannounced annexing going on, but what was your second source ?
Thank you for engaging on this, it would have been easy to simply move on to the next article and ignore my protest. I would apologise but the post code checker for My Neighbourhood on Merton.gov website doesn’t include this property on that code. Post Codes are a business aid and frequently cross both political and geographical boundaries. Ordnance Survey maps, reproduced in part and displayed outside Colliers Wood station show the boundary for Colliers Wood to run along the path of the River Wandle with the large Sainsburys to its East, High Path and Wimbledon to the West. The electoral boundaries document on the Merton.gov website indicates the property to be in Abbey Ward, Wimbledon not Colliers Wood. The residents of High Path and adjacent roads did not get a vote in the recent Colliers Wood by-election. These are political and geographical indicators that this is not in Colliers Wood but in Wimbledon. The post code for the property appears to be SW19 2JY, not ending in 2JT, an easy typo, so possibly the originally submitted paperwork is in error. Hopefully that will not prove an issue for the cultural centre. As I mentioned – possibly some unannounced annexing going on, but what was your second source ? robmorleyuk
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