Calls to save Ganol­fan even if school shuts

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A COUN­CIL has been urged to keep a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity open de­spite the vil­lage school be­ing un­der threat of clo­sure.

Un­der plans re­cently un­veiled by An­gle­sey Coun­cil, Ys­gol Gy­muned Bodf­fordd could be shut with a new school built to ab­sorb pupils from Llangefni’s Ys­gol Corn Hir as well as those from the vil­lage.

The plans have been sub­ject to a public con­sul­ta­tion, with the vast ma­jor­ity of re­spon­dents in Bodf­fordd, be­ing strongly against the school be­ing closed.

But dur­ing a meet­ing of the au­thor­ity’s ex­ec­u­tive re­cently, lo­cal coun­cil­lors urged mem­bers to con­sider the needs of the vil­lage, specif­i­cally the school build­ing’s dual pur­pose as the main com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to Cllr Bob Parry, Bodf­fordd’s Ganol­fan is used on an al­most daily ba­sis to host a num­ber of groups and so­ci­eties, as well as the pop­u­lar an­nual Eisteddfod.

At the meet­ing of An­gle­sey Coun- cil’s Ex­ec­u­tive, Cllr Bob Parry said: “I’m very sup­port­ive of mod­ernising, what should be at the fore­front of our think­ing should al­ways be the child’s ed­u­ca­tion.

“But what I would ask the of­fi­cers, hope­fully with the back­ing of the ex­ec­u­tive to­day, is that we ask the prop­erty de­part­ment if there is any way we can save the Ganol­fan in Bodf­fordd from hav­ing to close.

“It’s vi­tal that we re­tain a build­ing that’s used ev­ery night, which hosts many of the vil­lage’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

“If the Ganol­fan is lost, Bodf­fordd would lose ev­ery­thing.

“I am ask­ing if there is any way we can re­tain it for com­mu­nity use.”

Fel­low Canol­barth Môn coun­cil­lor, Dy­lan Rees, added: “I do worry what will hap­pen to the Ganol­fan and the play­ing fields, which are also used out­side school hours.

“We need a com­pre­hen­sive im­pact re­port on what ef­fect this could have on the vil­lage be­fore the plans pro­ceed.”

In re­sponse, coun­cil leader Lli­nos Medi, said: “We do feel the Ganol­fan is im­por­tant and we will try to work with the com­mu­nity to do what we can in that re­gard.”

Ys­gol Bodf­fordd, An­gle­sey

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