Reading Sikh community plans new Gurdwara

Plans for a new gurdwara in a Berkshire town have been drawn up to accommodate a "10-fold increase" in the Sikh population, project leaders have said.

A larger temple in the Reading suburb Earley would replace the current Siri Guru Gurdwara in Cemetery Junction.

Parminder Singh said that the number of Sikh families worshipping in Reading has grown from around 100 to 1,000 since the gurdwara opened in 1974.

He added that the population rise ties in with Reading's growth as a town.

Mr Singh and fellow project leaders have held a consultation with residents in the area and submitted initial plans to the local parish council.

Formal plans will be submitted in four to six weeks.

Mr Singh said: "We want to build something for the future, we want to make sure the building fits in with the local environment rather than transport traditional designs from India."

He added that the building will cost around £3 to £4m, paid for by the Sikh community.

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