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.