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Path diversion agreed following Positive discussions

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29 July 2021

Image of County HallPositive discussions looking at resolving issues ahead of the development of a new Welsh-medium school in north Powys have been held, it has been announced.

Powys County Council met with members of Welshpool Town Council's Planning Committee to discuss the new 150-place school for Ysgol Gymraeg y Trallwng, a school that was established in 2017 following a re-organisation process.

The innovative scheme for the new school combines the old and the new which will provide the pupils of Ysgol Gymraeg y Trallwng and the community of Welshpool with fantastic facilities whilst maintaining the presence of the iconic Ysgol Maesydre.

A meeting of the town council's planning committee last night (Wednesday) agreed to divert a public right of way as part of the scheme following a recent site visit between county council officers and town council representatives.

It was confirmed at the meeting that the county council will arrange for a formal written agreement that will allow Welshpool sports clubs and the community to access the new school's sports pitches and multi-use games area out of school hours.  The school will also have a community hall that will be shared with the wider community out of school hours.

As part of the community benefits package, the county council will arrange to sort out a skateboard area by the school, located on the grass area next to the town council's car park.  The package will also include fencing for the Town Council sports pitches.

As part of the development, a security fence around the school's green area will be fully planted to provide another level of security for the learners that will attend the new school building.

The new school, which will help the council deliver its Strategy for Transforming Education in Powys, is being funded jointly by the Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools Programme and the council.

It is also part of the council's Transformation Programme to deliver aspirations in Vision 2025. One of the aspirations is to provide high quality teaching and learning environments.

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Property, said: "This is an exciting project and, when complete, will provide the learners and staff of Ysgol Gymraeg y Trallwng with 21st Century facilities while preserving and modernising Grade II listed building for the community of Welshpool to use.

"The new building for Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng will not only provide an environment where our learners and teachers thrive but now the wider community of Welshpool will also benefit by accessing the school's new facilities."

Cllr Alison Davies, Town Mayor, said: "The Town Council has always been committed to supporting the best possible educational facilities for our young people and are delighted that difficulties have been ironed out.

"Working in positive partnership with Powys County Council we know that we achieve more and we appreciate the initiative that county council officers have demonstrated in seeking to resolve issues and benefit our community.

"We are particularly pleased that this has resulted in a much closer and positive ongoing working relationship with both Ysgol Gymraeg y Trallwng and the town council. Together we are greater than the sum of our parts."

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