BAYSWATER City Council has recommended planning approval of WA’s First Transport Safety Learning School, based in Maylands, after the entrance to the development was shifted to Peninsula Road.
Council originally deferred the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation’s $1.7 million proposal to build on the old Maylands Primary School site on May 3 after a petition was received from the Sixth Ave Residents Action Group.
Residents were concerned about extra traffic, including school buses, entering Sixth Avenue which would add to existing parking and safety issues on the road.
They were also concerned about the loss of street trees during construction.
Council has now recommended planning approval to the WA Planning Commission if bus access is via Peninsula Road and no street trees are removed, which will mean a loss of fix to six on-street parking bays that were in the original plan.
A sign will also be installed near the Sixth Avenue crossover to tell buses to use the Peninsula Road crossover only.
Councillor John Rifici said he was happy with the tweaking of the application and said it was set to be an asset for Maylands and was looking forward to see it materialise.
Councillor Catherine Ehrhardt said the amended plan addressed most of the residents’ concerns.
However, Councillor Dan Bull said he was concerned that the promise from the foundation to keep the street trees was not enough given its track record with felling trees on the property.
The Transport Safety Learning School aims to teach 30,000 primary school-aged children a year about road safety, public transport and bicycle safety.