Slough Mosque to build religious school on car wash site

A former ‘ABANDONED’ car wash site near Slough town center will be redeveloped into a religious school as the nearby mosque seeks to expand.

The majority of councilors on the planning committee supported plans by the Slough Islamic Trust to build a community and educational facility at 79-83 Uxbridge Road, which also housed a petrol station, to support the Diamond Road Mosque.

The building will be up to four stories high and will house four classrooms, common teaching areas, auxiliary rest areas, restrooms and a small kitchenette.

Around 80 people are expected to be at the facility, with classrooms used by six to 12 people with up to 18 people in the larger communal teaching spaces. Four to six teachers will be employed.

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There will be 46 parking spaces and will provide an “overflow” of spaces for the Diamond Road Mosque. Eight bicycle racks, capable of accommodating 16 bicycles, will also be erected.

A one-way system will be in place, with vehicles exiting onto Uxbridge Road via the existing access. No motorists will enter the site from Uxbridge Road.

A majority of councilors backed the scheme, which will be used by the Diamond Road Mosque

Town Center Councilor Safdar Ali (Lab) said: “I am pleased that this site is now being proposed for development and council is giving permission.

“The community work that the Slough Islamic Trust does, particularly the education of young people, is very valuable to the local community and I hope the council will co-operate and help the Slough Islamic Trust, which is a registered charity in the end of the day serving the local community, to keep this building running.

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“It will help and improve the site because this site has been sitting there, I think, for 10 years, dormant.”

Cllr Harjinder Gahir (Lab: Wexham Lea) called the site “abandoned” and believed the approved plans would “clean up” the area and be used for a “good cause”.

However, Cllr Chandra Muvvala (Con: Langley Kedermister), who was the only member to abstain, wanted to add a condition for the claimant to add a gate to secure the parking lot but was not heard.

A majority of planning committee members supported the program on Wednesday, October 13.

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