Video: Hearings panel recommends Redcliffs School swap proceed

 

Hearing chairman and deputy mayor Andrew Turner explains the decision of the panel.

A hearings panel has recommended the plan for Redcliffs School to be relocated to a suburban park, go ahead.

On Friday morning, the panel agreed the school could be located at Redcliffs Park, but stated a number of conditions.

The panel’s recommendation will now go to the city council for a vote.

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The full hearing regarding the Redcliffs School site swap.

 

The conditions include provision of amenities.

The hearing committee chairman, deputy mayor Andrew Turner called it a “sensible decision”.

“The wider community of Redcliffs needed this to occur,” he said.

The hearing committee also included Cr Glenn Livingstone, Cr Sara Templeton and Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board members Darrell Latham and Tim Lindley.

The panel requested city council staff assess the new site for inclusion in the priority list of school speed zone.

The school has been based at the van Asch Deaf Education Centre in Sumner since its Main Rd site closed due to the earthquakes.

It was threatened with closures under the schools shake up, led by the then Education Minister Heikia Parata, but it fought the closure.

The move to Redcliffs Park, Beachville Rd has been controversial, with some residents against the move.

Public consultation on a potential sale closed in June and attracted 853 submissions. 71 per cent (602) were in favour and 22 per cent (183) against. Seven per cent (60) supported the proposal but had some concerns.