Future of kilns clearer: Ascot

Carol Payne, Samantha Rowe, Robert Rossi, Glenys Godfrey, Margie Bass, Sue Pethick and Jeremy Dunnette.        d444591
Carol Payne, Samantha Rowe, Robert Rossi, Glenys Godfrey, Margie Bass, Sue Pethick and Jeremy Dunnette.        d444591

THE Ascot kilns have been a topic of discussion in Belmont for several years but MLA Glenys Godfrey believes a positive outcome is close.

A minor amendment to the Metropolitan Region Scheme for the site was recently released for public comment. It will change small zoning anomalies in the area to align them with present day land uses and future development.

Planning Minister John Day said this was a step in planning for the future of the site.

“A local development plan is also being prepared, which will provide guidance on the management and interpretation of the site’s distinctive heritage elements,” he said. “It will also look at how the kilns can be integrated with future developments.

Mrs Godfrey said the amendment was progress and gave the local community a chance to have a say about the area.

East Metropolitan MLC Samantha Rowe said the kilns were historically important.

“The kilns are thought to be the largest of this kind in the Southern Hemisphere,” she said. “If we neglect them, we will lose them forever.

“I support Belmont Community Group’s call for the State Government and City of Belmont to restore the kilns and redevelop the area as a community asset.”

The WA Planning Commission and City of Belmont are preparing a local structure plan to guide land use and development outcomes for the broader Golden Gateway precinct bounded by Great Eastern Highway, Resolution Drive, Grandstand Road and Stoneham Street.