School closure consultation to go ahead

There’ll be a fresh consultation on controversial plans to shake up primary schools in and around Llangefni.

Anglesey Council wants to close Ysgol Bodffordd and Ysgol Talwrn – and move pupils to a new £10 million site for Ysgol Corn Hir and a newly expanded Ysgol y Graig respectively.

The council’s executive gave the go ahead for a public consultation on the proposals on Monday.

Last year, similar plans were shelved when it emerged council officials had failed to follow Welsh Government guidelines when they recommended the closures of Bodffordd and Talwrn.

But opponents have accused the council of ‘rehashing’ its plans as part of a long-term school reorganisation scheme for the island.

Councillor Meirion Jones, the executive’s member for education, insisted no final decision had been made yet on the proposals for the Llangefni area.

He said: ”The aim of our modernisation programme is to create the best possible educational environment for teachers, staff and provide the best possible education for the future of our children.”

”I would urge all stakeholders to have their say during this important six week statutory consultation period. The feedback we receive during this consultation will prove vital in aiding the decision making process.”

Last week, a spokesman for Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (the Welsh Language Society) accused the council of showing ”a vindictive determination to take action against the village schools which had caused them such embarrassment.”

But during a meeting in the Llangefni chamber, calls to set up a local federation involving Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni and four local primary schools was rejected.

The six-week statutory consultation is due to begin next month.

The county council also plans to revisit its proposals for primary schools in the Amlwch and Seiriol areas in the coming year.

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