Town of Victoria Park to rule on Ursula Frayne Catholic College’s plans to turn vacant lot into temporary parking


Ursula Frayne Catholic College wants to turn land on Teague Street into green space, similar to space near its primary school campus on Balmoral Street.
Ursula Frayne Catholic College wants to turn land on Teague Street into green space, similar to space near its primary school campus on Balmoral Street.

THE Town of Victoria Park will make a decision about Ursula Frayne Catholic College’s plans to turn a vacant lot into a temporary carpark next Tuesday.

Principal Geoff Mills told the Southern Gazette last month the school’s long-term plans were to create two “green spaces” after it purchased four properties on Teague Street over a number of years, which were then demolished last year.

Mr Mills said the school sought to use 20 Teague Street as a temporary carparking space while its new science facility was built.

During last night’scouncil meeting, a number of Teague Street residents raised concerns about the school’s plans and queried if there was enough parking in the area, pointed to the demolished properties having a detrimental impact on the street and asked whether there had been an increase in staff and student numbers.

Mr Mills made a presentation to the council, during which he said that the school had no intention to create a permanent carpark.

The school is seeking retrospective approval after previously laying down a limestone base.

Councillor Karen Vernon questioned why the school had allowed people to park on the lot without permission.

Mr Mills said correspondence with a Town staff member led them to believe they could use it as a carpark and subsequent use was because of a “breakdown” of communication between the builders and subcontractors.

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