1. ITV Report

Cambridge's only Hindu place of worship under threat of closing

A Hindu temple in Cambridge is under threat of being repossessed by the County Council.

The council has leased the building off Mill Road to the Indian Community and Culture Association for free since 1999.

But the authority says the grade-two listed building is in a poor condition and has fallen into disrepair.

Without the funding to keep it going, the council say they have no choice but to end their 25-year lease.

The council said said no other vacant buildings to offer as an alternative Credit: ITV Anglia

There's now fears that five thousand Hindu's in the city could be left without a place of worship, with the nearest temple 40 miles away in Peterborough.

Rajni Padia, Secretary of Indian Community and Cultural Association said: "Taking away a place of worship is denying the Hindu community in Cambridge our freedom to worship.

"At the moment we are celebrating all the Hindu religious ceremonies by hiring out various halls in Cambridge which we have to pay now as we can't use our shrine.

"It is very very sad, people are not happy, our community is not happy."

The building off Mill Road is home to a Hindu shrine Credit: Indian Community and Culture Association

The ICCA say the've spent more than £200,000 on the upkeep of the building.

After failing to reach an agreement, both groups will go to court at the end of this month.

The building is a listed asset so we have an obligation not only to make sure it is maintained and protected but to also protect all of our assets.

I appreciate that and have every sympathy for the ICCA and there is nothing more that I hope that they find something that is safe and right for the organisation.

– Cllr Joshua Schumann, Cambridge County Council, Con
The council say the building is in a poor condition Credit: ITV Anglia