A new community centre being proposed for Roath could create parking problems, according to local businesses.
The Madni Masjid Trust wants to create a new community centre on Dalcross Street in Roath.
Plans have been submitted to Cardiff council for permission to change the use of the building, which currently has a warehouse and David Hall motor garage on the ground floor and two flats on the first floor.
If approved, a Muslim prayer hall, four classrooms, a computer room, kitchen and activity room would be created, while the flats and garage would remain.
But some local businesses are worried the development would increase parking problems in the street.
Jo Sherlock’s family have owned the MOT garage J Sherlock and Sons for 50 years.
She said: “My parents own the garage across the road and they’re up in arms as it is. There’s only double yellow lines and residential parking is so small businesses are going to struggle.”
Peter Millward, from Roath Garage on Moy Road, said: “Anything else in this area will increase the problem with parking. A lot of the road is resident parking.
“I think it will be chaotic. I quite often have to pay a parking fine because my customers can’t find anywhere else to park.”
Local resident Colin Mason, 78, said: “I’m dead against it. Parking around here is terrible because a lot of houses have three or four cars which are left outside and not used for six weeks. The centre would be open from 9am till 9pm but there’s no parking around here. People won’t walk.”
But Haider Zaman, from the Madni Masjid Trust, said people would be walking to the community centre rather than using cars.
“We haven’t got a centre in Roath and thought it would be nice to have a community centre close by. We wanted something local, especially for children and older people.
“We’re doing it for the local community so we don’t have this parking problem. People won’t be bringing their cars.”
The Trust sent out a questionnaire to 52 families to find out the number of potential users of the centre and what transport they would use.
The questionnaire, included with the planning application, found the majority of people live less than half a mile away and would prefer to walk to the centre.
The centre, open between 9am and 9pm in the winter and between 9am and 11pm in the summer, could cater for up to 244 people but the planning application said it was unlikely to exceed 70 people on a daily basis.
It said religious festivals would be busier, as would Friday lunchtimes, which could see up to 200 people attending between noon and 2pm.
Mr Zaman said: “It’s not just for Muslims, it’s for everyone. Everybody is welcome to come and sit down and have a cup of tea. There will be a selection of books, tables and chairs.”
If the plans are approved, Mr Zaman said the Trust would buy the building and spend around £750,000 renovating it, including installing a new roof and sound insulation as an “extra precaution”.