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Ysgol Llanbedr closure decision will make no difference to plan for a new school in Ruthin

Published date: 31 July 2014 |
Published by: Shane Brennan
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A decision by the Welsh Government to keep Ysgol Llanbedr open would not make any difference to plans for a new school in Ruthin.

The council had made a decision to close Ysgol Llanbedr so that they may draw down funds to build a new school at Glastir in Ruthin.

That decision has been referred to the Welsh Government by St Asaph Diocese.

The minister of education, Huw Lewis, has already said that no decison will be made on the future of the school until the autumn, meaning the school will stay open until December.

Denbighshire County Council cabinet met yesterday to consider a report on the progress of modernising education plan.

The meeting was told by Cllr Eryl Williams, the lead member on education, that the council will follow through on their plans for Ruthin even if Ysgol Llanbedr stays open.

He said: “If Ysgol Llanbedr stays open then our vision is here in black and white and we will continue with it.”

Leader of the council, Hugh Evans, confirmed this.

He said: “Our intention is in the report and our intention is to deliver.”

Cllr Huw Hilditch Roberts who runs a business in Llanbedr said he was confused by the idea that keeping Ysgol Llanbedr school open would not impact on Ruthin.

He said: “We are told on the one hand that closing Ysgol Llanbedr would strenghten Ysgol Borthyn but on the other if it is not closed then it won’t effect it.

“I don’t understand that.”

Rosalind Williams, Director of Education for the Diocese of St Asaph, said: “It is positive news that the lead member for education has said in today’s cabinet meeting that keeping Ysgol Llanbedr open would not affect plans for a new school in Ruthin.

“We still await the Minister’s decision but will be alerting him to this good news.”

Chairman of the Ysgol Llanbedr board of governors, Rev Philip Chew, said: “If the Minister for Education was to find in favour of Ysgol Llanbedr and keep it open then according to the lead member for education it wouldn’t make any difference to the review and its outcomes.  

“In the first instance the cabinet were told that Ysgol Llanbedr would have to close in order to draw down funding for a new town centre school. 

“The Cabinet voted to close Ysgol Llanbedr for that reason.  

“In the light of this I call upon the cabinet members to reconsider their decision. I am sure this will help Cardiff to come to a positive conclusion and keep Ysgol Llanbedr open and allow it to continue to flourish back to the popular Church school it always has been.” 

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