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Consultation for a New £9.1M School for Carmarthenshire’s Ysgol Dewi Sant

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Consultation for a new multi-million pound school for Ysgol Dewi Sant starts next week.

From next Wednesday, September 13, until October 11, people will be asked for their views on a proposed £9.1million build in Llanerch.

The current Ysgol Dewi Sant site and school buildings do not meet Carmarthenshire’s standards in terms of the facilities they offer and the teaching and resource areas required. Neither do they meet the standards for environmental efficiency and sustainability.

The proposed high specification, modern building for the school would accommodate the increasing demand for Welsh medium education with 420 primary and 60 nursery places available.

It would be set over two floors with larger classrooms with integrated IT facilities, a multi-purpose hall and specialist provision for pupils with additional learning needs.

A number of community benefits will also be provided such as the off-site car park for school and community use.

Subject to planning being approved for the new Ysgol Dewi Sant, design work would begin on the redevelopment of Ysgol Penygaer which would inherit the existing Dewi Sant site, once they have occupied the new facility.

A formal planning application is expected to be submitted following the four-week consultation period. Feedback from the consultation will be captured in a pre-planning application consultation report which will form part of the process.

The major investment would be part of Carmarthenshire County Council’s Modernising Education Programme (MEP),jointly funded by the council and the Welsh Government, through its 21st Century Schools initiative.

The council’s executive board member for education and children’s services, Cllr Glynog Davies said: “The existing Ysgol Dewi Sant buildings do not meet the high standards we want for our children and teaching staff. The site layout is poor and staff and pupils have to regularly transfer between temporary buildings.

“This is not only disruptive for them but an inefficient use of time and resources.  Access to the existing school is also very limited.

“This new school building would not only provide facilities suitable for education in the 21st Century but would address the increasing demand for Welsh medium education in the area. Additional on site and off site car parking spaces would also address the current issues at Ysgol Penygaer.”

To take part in the online consultation visit ilocal.carmarthenshire.gov.wales from September 13 and click on consultations.

Hard copies and computer facilities to view the information will also be available in Llanelli Library during this time, where consultees are invited to provide comment.