Community backlash forces Inglewood Primary School redevelopments back to drawing board

Community backlash forces Inglewood Primary School redevelopments back to drawing board

CONTROVERSIAL plans for redevelopments at Inglewood Primary School will be changed after a backlash from the local community.

The proposed location of a new teaching block caused concern for parents and local residents when announced late last year.

Education Minister Peter Collier wrote to Maylands MLA Lisa Baker advising that the Department of Education was working with the project architects to investigate an alternative site for the new building, which would accommodate 192 students and boost the school’s capacity to 680.

Mr Collier also told Ms Baker that the Department would amend the design of the new building to ensure it was “sympathetic to the adjoining administration and teaching block”.

Ms Baker told the Guardian Express she was “absolutely delighted” that “the community’s lobbying and my approaches have met with success”.

“The Minister has finally agreed that the process he put in place was wrong and that we need fresh ideas on both location and design,” she said.

The community had expressed concern about the reduction in outdoor playing space for students, leading to more than 300 people signing a petition calling for a review of the plans.

The Education Minister wrote that once a new design was completed a newsletter would be delivered to homes in the surrounding area informing them of the proposed changes, and the community would have an opportunity to comment on the plans.

“I note concerns about traffic and parking around the school… (it) sits on a 1.2 hectare site, with limited space for further onsite car parks,” he said.

“Various traffic management strategies for (the) school are currently being investigated.”