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Senedd member calls for Pontardawe ‘super school’ plan to be rejected

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Sioned Williams, Member of the Senedd for South Wales West has called for the plans to replace Alltwen, Godre-graig and Llangiwg Primary schools with a new ‘super school’ in Pontardawe to be rejected.

The Plaid Cymru politician, who lives in Alltwen, has made the call after the new rainbow coalition, which includes Plaid Cymru, put the plans back out to public consultation after earlier pulling the proposals from the previous administration.

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Sioned Williams MS

Ms Williams said: “This proposal has to be rejected if other options for the three schools are to be considered by the new council so I would encourage people to put their ideas forward.

“The council’s draft public participation strategy – brought forward by officers on the same day as the schools report – stresses the importance of local democracy and the need to listen and work with communities to face new challenges together.

“This decision will reshape the educational landscape of the Swansea Valley and have a considerable impact on parents, children, and the wider community. I will again be voicing my objection to the superschool and will be supporting exploring different options for each school community.

“The pupils of Godre’rgraig school who are currently housed in temporary buildings away from their community must be prioritised in these plans.”

The proposed new school plan also includes a new six-lane swimming pool and specialist learning support centre on a site at Parc Ynysderw, Pontardawe.

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Just days before the new consultation opened, the council announced it was closing Pontardawe Swimming Pool temporarily due to structural issues with the building.

Ms Williams added: “As for the swimming pool, we all know that the current pool in Pontardawe has not received adequate investment over the years.

“But I understand that the council can approach both the Welsh government and the UK Government for different pots of funding to replace the pool.”

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