Redevelopment of Bristile Ascot Kilns site likely

The historic Bristile kilns in Ascot are likely to be redeveloped following a State Government allowance. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d432222
The historic Bristile kilns in Ascot are likely to be redeveloped following a State Government allowance. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d432222

Belmont MLA Glenys Godfrey said the kilns had been an issue for local residents for many years and welcomed the funding.

She said the planning review would include community consultations for residents to share their ideas about how the site should be redeveloped.

“I have been lobbying the Government on this issue for many years,” Mrs Godfrey said.

“This is very encouraging news and shows that our efforts are now bringing the goal of redeveloping the Ascot kilns closer to reality.”

Belmont Community Group (BCG) president Cassie Rowe stressed the importance of the site being developed as a community asset.

In September 2014 the BCG wrote to the Premier and asked the State Government to set aside funding in the State Budget for the restoration of kilns.

“When the BCG asked local residents to put forward ideas for the future use of the site as a community asset, some really innovative ideas were raised,” she said.

“With this in mind, any restoration should be done in close consultation with the Belmont community,” she said.

The Western Australian Planning Commission and City of Belmont are in discussions to conduct a joint planning review, which will incorporate the development of a local structure plan, rezoning and due diligence specific to the kilns site.