Worry at weekend hours plan

Concerned: Local residents Julie, Martin and Travis Low are opposed to an application the Green Valley Islamic College has lodged with Liverpool Council to increase its student numbers and extend its operating hours. Picture: Simon Bennett

Concerned: Local residents Julie, Martin and Travis Low are opposed to an application the Green Valley Islamic College has lodged with Liverpool Council to increase its student numbers and extend its operating hours. Picture: Simon Bennett

NEARBY residents have spoken out against a Green Valley school's plans to stay open seven days a week and increase its student number.

The Green Valley Islamic College lodged an application with Liverpool Council 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 school also applied to increase its pupil numbers by 360, from 825 to 1185.

Hinchinbrook resident Julie Low said the move was another blow for the group of residents living near the Wilson Road college who had opposed its construction from the beginning.

"This is much more than a school, they're operating as a mosque and a community hall too," Ms Low said.

"Since it opened it's caused significant traffic increase in the area, particularly on a Friday when they have big gatherings at the school and there are cars double parked and triple parked in all of the neighbouring streets."

She said residents had also been affected by the noise coming from the school and a park across the road where teachers take children to play sport during break times.

"It's supposed to be a public park, but its not readily available to the public because they are always there.

"A lot of the original residents have packed up and moved away."

Despite sending the school questions and calling every day for two weeks the Champion did not receive a response from college principal Mohammed Jafar.

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said while he could not comment on an application which was due to go before council he would be listening to all sides of the story.

He said that the school's use of the park across the road was not unique.

"The same scenario is happening at several schools around the area, including Liverpool Public School," Cr Mannoun said.

"This is a growing area and the schools have to grow to keep up with the growing population.

"Liverpool's population is set to double and the schools need to keep up.

"And when schools grow sometimes they don't have much room for sporting fields, but I'm more than happy for them to use the council fields. Schools in this area need to plan for the future."

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