School seeks expanision

LIVERPOOL councillor Peter Harle is concerned that a decision about whether to increase student numbers and extend hours at a school in Green Valley may be determined by council officers rather than councillors.

Cr Harle said he knew of many residents in the suburb who were concerned about the operation of Green Valley Islamic College, located on Wilson Road, and would not be happy for it to grow in size or to stay open for longer hours.

The college had applied for permission to open on Saturdays between 7am and 10pm and on Sundays between 9am to 9pm and to use the school's hall and auditorium for "community and school purposes" Monday to Friday from 7pm to 10pm.

"The worrying thing is that the council officers tell me that this application may not need to go before the council and may be determined under delegated authority," Cr Harle said.

"The people that live alongside the school have not been notified and they don't know anything about these plans.

"Many of them would be opposed to these changes if they knew about them, because they are already greatly affected by noise from the school.

A council spokeswoman said the application would go before the council if it received three or more submissions, which was the standard procedure with development applications.

Otherwise it would be assessed under delegated authority, she said.

The school also applied to increase its pupil numbers by 360, taking the student population from 825 to 1185.

The council spokeswoman said the application was in the initial assessment stage.

It would be advertised from today until June 26.

The college was contacted for comment but had not responded by press time.

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