Thursday, 29 November 2007

Ysgol Abersoch

…de la Daily Post:

A village school under threat of closure could be saved – if the council set aside land where affordable housing could be built for local people, it was claimed last night.

Abersoch’s county councillor Wyn Williams hit out following a public meeting held to discuss the planned closure of the 19-pupil village school.

He said: “It is a matter of concern locally that Gwynedd council is so slow in identifying land for affordable housing for local people who just cannot afford to buy a house in Abersoch on the open market.”….

…In a letter sent this week to Gwynedd’s development director Iwan Trefor Jones, the school parents’ association, Cymdeithas Rhieni Ysgol Abersoch, has set out its arguments.

The letter says the reorganisation document lacks a community assessment of the effect of the closure on the village, particularly as far as the Welsh language is concerned…

1 comment:

Mark from Cheshire said...

I believe the school site was a gift to the community. As such is it possible that it is not owned by the LEA. If this is so then there is a precedent in Cheshire, St Oswalds, Worleston.
This primary school is church controlled and as such the church owns thge site. As a result the LEA has no incentive to close it as it cannot put it into alternate use. It may be that the church ownership is not the same as community ownership, but I do hope it will help the people of Abersoch to know that this may be another avenue to pursue.