Schools could get high spec­i­fi­ca­tion modern build­ings

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TWO Kid­welly schools could be re­built as the cur­rent build­ings do not meet Welsh Gov­ern­ment stan­dards.

High spec­i­fi­ca­tion modern build­ings have been pro­posed for Ys­gol Gym­raeg Gwen­l­lian and Ys­gol y Castell, and would ac­com­mo­date the de­mand for ed­u­ca­tion in the area.

The pro­posed plans for Ys­gol Gym­raeg Gwen­l­lian in­clude the con­struc­tion of a new 210-place Welshmedium school and 30-place nurs­ery with as­so­ci­ated ac­cess, car park­ing, sports pitch and multi-use games area on land east of Parc Pen­dre in Kid­welly.

A de­sign and ac­cess state­ment by As­bri Plan­ning Ltd states that: “The tra­di­tional Vic­to­rian school build­ing lacks the con­tem­po­rary fa­cil­i­ties to en­hance the teach­ing of the cur­ricu­lum.

“The cur­rent school is lo­cated on a very con­fined site, sur­rounded by resi- den­tial de­vel­op­ment at each of its bound­aries. There is no op­por­tu­nity for ex­pan­sion at the site.”

It is pro­posed that the ex­ist­ing Ys­gol y Castell would be de­mol­ished and re­de­vel­oped into a new 270-place, Englishmedium pri­mary with 30-place nurs­ery and up to 23 full-time places for Early Years pro­vi­sion, as well as a car park, sports pitch and a multi-use games area.

The de­sign and ac­cess state­ment ex­plains that the new school build­ing will be built on the play­ing fields of the ex­ist­ing school site.

It says: “There is a stated de­sire from the head teacher of the school to of­fer ac­cess to the fa­cil­i­ties such as the sports pitch and Muga to the lo­cal com­mu­nity out­side school hours, this will be un­der­taken via a book­ing ar­range­ment with the school.

“The car park was seen as an es­sen­tial con­sid­er­a­tion within this pro­posal. It is recog­nised there is an over­whelm­ing need to ad­dress the is­sues of con­ges­tion at peak times and lack of street park­ing for par­ents when tak­ing pupils to and from the school.” Res­i­dents are be­ing asked their views over the next four weeks.

The ma­jor in­vest­ment would be part of Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil’s mod­ernising ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme, jointly funded by the coun­cil and the Welsh Gov­ern­ment.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is ex­pected to be sub­mit­ted fol­low­ing the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod, which runs un­til Novem­ber 28, and feed­back from the con­sul­ta­tion will form part of the plan­ning process.

The coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and chil­dren’s ser­vices, coun­cil­lor Glynog Davies said: “These new build­ings would pro­vide fa­cil­i­ties suit­able for ed­u­ca­tion in the 21st Cen­tury.”

An artist’s im­pres­sion of Ys­gol y Castell.

How Ys­gol Gym­raeg Gwen­l­lian could look.

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