Schools plan sparks new cam­paign as coun­cil asks for opin­ion of par­ents

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Gareth Wyn Wil­liams Cam­paign­ers out­side Ys­gol Beau­maris

ACAMPAIGN has been launched to save two schools from clo­sure – co­in­cid­ing with a new con­sul­ta­tion re­gard­ing their fu­ture.

Anglesey Coun­cil is con­sult­ing over plans to shut Ys­gol Beau­maris or Ys­gol Llan­goed as part of its school re­or­gan­i­sa­tion.

This is the sec­ond time it has car­ried out such a con­sul­ta­tion in the area af­ter putting ear­lier plans on hold to al­low cam­paign­ers to come up with al­ter­na­tive pro­pos­als.

Both op­tions now on the ta­ble would in­volve an ex­ten­sion and the re­fur­bish­ment of Ys­gol Llan­deg­fan, but a de­ci­sion will need to be made if Beau­maris or Llan­goed will shut.

But cam­paign­ers have launched a joint cam­paign to keep both schools open, in­clud­ing an in­no­va­tive plan that would see Ys­gol Beau­maris share fa­cil­i­ties with a multi-mil­lion pound ex­tra- care hous­ing fa­cil­ity for the el­derly. The £8m project, which was ap­proved by coun­cil­lors in Fe­bru­ary, will see 39 self­con­tained flats built just yards away from the town’s ex­ist­ing school.

But lo­cal coun­cil­lors have pointed out that other parts of the is­land have en­joyed sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment, in­clud­ing £12m in the Holy­head and Llan­faethlu areas and £10m in Newborough, with plans also in the pipeline for a new school in Llangefni.

“We can’t just turn around and just say we want noth­ing to hap­pen. We need to of­fer a way for­ward,” said Cllrs Car­wyn Jones and Alun Roberts in a joint state­ment.

“The Seiriol ward also de­serves in­vest­ment in schools mod­erni­sa­tion.”

Cllr Roberts added: “We can’t al­low schools to be pitched against each other. This sce­nario of di­vide and rule is in noone’s ben­e­fit.”

The con­sul­ta­tion will re­main open un­til July 2. The full con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ments are avail­able at anglesey.gov.uk

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