Cen­tre gets coun­cil green light

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By CAITLIN TILLER

PLANS for an early learn­ing cen­tre at Scotch Col­lege stirred lengthy dis­cus­sion at a Town of Clare­mont meet­ing this month.

Coun­cil­lors amended plans to im­prove traf­fic man­age­ment in the area be­fore ap­prov­ing the pro­posed fa­cil­ity at the cor­ner of Shen­ton and Stir­ling roads.

The early learn­ing cen­tre plans in­cluded a fa­cil­ity and park­ing to ac­com­mo­date 44 kinder­garten and pre-pri­mary stu­dents and six staff mem­bers.

The col­lege pro­posed a to­tal of 57 park­ing bays on site on Stir­ling Road and Wright Av­enue.

Stir­ling Street res­i­dent Alan Nel­son said he was un­able to ac­cess the road dur­ing peak-hour traf­fic.

“In the past year there has been a no­tice­able in­crease in traf­fic con­ges­tion,” he said.

“It may be good for Scotch, but it’s not good for the res­i­dents.”

Richard­son Av­enue res­i­dent Claire Brit­tain said she was tired of be­ing dis­rupted by pri­vate school traf­fic.

“Why are ratepay­ers be­ing treated like sec­ond-class cit­i­zens when schools are al­lowed to do what they like,” Ms Brit­tain said

The coun­cil voted to re-open drop-off zones on Kott Ter­race and Shen­ton Road, but Coun­cil­lor Karen Wood said the school needed to use land it al­ready owned.

“It’s Scotch’s busi­ness, let them come up with some­thing dif­fer­ent that uses their own land, not ours,” she said.

Cr Peter Browne said con­ges­tion on Stir­ling Road was al­ready so heavy that peo­ple drove on foot­paths or il­le­gally on round­abouts.

“Re­open­ing of drop-offs will al­le­vi­ate con­ges­tion,” he said. “We have a chance to make a dif­fer­ence to traf­fic man­age­ment in Clare­mont.”

Col­lege head­mas­ter Alec O’Con­nell said he was pleased coun­cil had given ap­proval.

“There is still a se­ries of mat­ters to be ad­dressed, in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tional ap­provals, but in all plan­ning mat­ters it is good to have an op­por­tu­nity for healthy and ro­bust di­a­logue in search of a fi­nal so­lu­tion,” he said. “We are par­tic­u­larly grat­i­fied at the coun­cil’s ac­knowl­edge­ment of the sig­nif­i­cant role Scotch Col­lege has played in ad­dress­ing traf­fic is­sues in the wider com­mu­nity over the last four years and the on­go­ing will­ing­ness to im­prove traf­fic con­ges­tion from a sus­tain­abil­ity per­spec­tive."

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