On 12th October, Tuesday, Brent Council approved Neasden Temple’s application to rename a section of the Meadow Garth road to Pramukh Swami Road.
The council acknowledged the Mandir’s position as a “international landmark” in Brent, as well as its contribution to the Borough.
Councillor Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, appreciated concerns of some residents but emphasised on the positive contributions of the Mandir especially during the height of coronavirus in enabling community cohesion and supporting the vulnerable. He believes that the name change will be a positive step and in a statement to Harrow Times said, “We are at a juncture in society where we will be discussing a whole host of community issues. “Brent has always been a welcoming community – its diversity makes it unique and is what makes it such a successful borough.“Recognising the achievements of all our communities is one of the ways we can create a cohesive society.”
In the meantime, Councillor Krupesh Hirani acknowledged that the Mandir has been key in building a multicultural and diverse community, noting that Neasden Temple was a sign of “global significance”. He added it was good to see a road name change linked to a “positive contribution” rather than those associated with negative history.