Vandals smash windows, graffiti over heritage school building

Vandalised: Cr Marcus Cornish in front of the building, with one of the vandalised windows in the background.
Vandalised: Cr Marcus Cornish in front of the building, with one of the vandalised windows in the background.

Vandals have smashed windows and scrawled graffiti over the historic Penrith infants school building, dating from 1884.

Two front window panes have been smashed and tags have been scrawled over glass and inside walls of the building, which is listed as a local heritage item in Penrith City Council’s Local Environment Plan (LEP) 2010.

Cr Marcus Cornish said he has been contacted by a number of concerned residents since the vandals struck a number of weeks ago, and called on the owners of the old Penrith public school site to clean up the mess.

“It’s a disgrace to see such a historic building in a state of disrepair and neglect,” he told the Gazette. “It shows a slum-like mentality with the attitude towards buildings in Penrith.

“I have approached council officers to contact the owners and ask them to clean it up. I believe it’s the obligation of the owners to keep this historic building in the appropriate condition and treat it with respect.

“Penrith needs to not only be a great place to live, but look like a great place to live.”

The Henry Street site was the subject of a development application proposing the establishment of an Islamic school earlier this year.

Penrith City Council rejected the application in June after it deemed the application failed to address a number of legislative requirements.