Kiln land under WAPC review

Public consultation will be held once the review is complete.

No timeframe was given for the review, but it will consider the protection and restoration of the kilns, as well as the development potential of WAPC land in the same vicinity.

The land was acquired after the creation of the Grandstand Road dual carriageway roundabout.

The WAPC is continuing to work with the Ascot Water Joint Venture and the City of Belmont.

The council’s position, adopted in February, 2010, includes support for the kilns on the State Register of Heritage Places and asked the WAPC to allow the City to advertise any bona fide development proposal for the site.

No development proposal has been received, but the kilns are listed on the heritage register.

‘The City of Belmont believes a desirable outcome would be that a redevelopment plan could be prepared which provides a financial solution and retains as many of the kilns and stacks as possible to meaningfully represent the site’s historical significance,’ Belmont chief executive Stuart Cole said.

He said the City received a letter, also sent to Premier Colin Barnett, from the Belmont Community Group (BCG) on October 1 about restoring the kilns and stacks.

‘The BCG were not specific in their request relating to the allocation of funds and has been advised that the site remains the responsibility of the State,’ Mr Cole said.

After issuing the letter, the BCG called for public opinion on whether the kilns should be wrecked or restored.

The Premier’s office said it was preparing a response to the group.