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SOUTHALL TOWN HALL BID SPARKS RELIGIOUS TENSION

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Hindus and Muslims have united in condemning Ealing council's tactics in selling off Southall town hall the Guardia...
Hindus and Muslims have united in condemning Ealing council's tactics in selling off Southall town hall the Guardian reports (15 January, p2).

The council received bids for the town hall of £571,000 from the Hindu group and £600,000 from the Muslims. It then took legal advice, decided the town hall could fetch a higher price, and told both groups they had to re-bid, with a minimum amount of £600,000.

The Hindus want to use the building as a community centre for use by worshippers at the nearby Vishwa temple. And the Muslims want to convert it into a mosque and cultural centre. Religious zealots in both communities say the council's response is ruling religious tensions, says the report.

The future of the town hall - which redundant when council business was transferred to Ealing - will be decided at a full council meeting, for which a date has yet to be agreed, the Guardian reports.
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