On Sunday 30 September the Committee and the Trustees of Jain Samaj Europe wrote to the City Mayor asking him to consider the future of the Jain Centre Leicester when moving forward with the plan to pedestrianise York Road.
The Jain Centre, which is based on Oxford Street, is in the heart of Leicester and has been an integral part of the City for over 30 years. The Jain Centre has a large number of members and visitors on a regular basis and was the first consecrated Jain Temple to open in the Western World.
Mr Piyush Madhani, President of Jain Samaj Europe said “We understand that the City Council’s recent plans to pedestrianise York Road are part of its Connecting Leicester Project. However, we are very concerned that these plans will have a negative impact on the use of our Centre.”
“The Jain Centre has limited onsite parking and York Road is commonly used by members for off-road parking when visiting the Centre. It is also the closest point of parking for disabled members, meaning if the plans move forward with no consideration of the Jain Centre, then our disabled members will unlikely be able to attend the Centre.”
The Centre has also approached its local Member of Parliament, Jonathan Ashworth, who has raised the Committee’s concerns with the City Council. The Committee and the Trustees are calling on the community members, and general public, to sign the petition urging the City Mayor to revisit the plans and consider the Jain Centre’s proposals.
Mr Piyush Madhani, President of Jain Samaj Europe commented “We need to ensure that we continue being a Centre easily accessible to children who learn here, devotees who pray here, the elderly who are supported here and guests who are inspired here.”
To sign a petition please follow this link: https://www.change.org/p/leicester-city-council-retain-a-safe-parking-drop-off-space-for-users-of-the-jain-centre-on-york-road-le1-5