Councillors back plan to upgrade primary schools
MAJOR developments at five Swansea primary schools have been given the green-light.
Senior councillors voted to back the schemes to improve facilities at Burlais Primary, Gowerton Primary, YGG Lonlas, Glyncollen Primary and Newton Primary at a meeting last night.
The multi-million pound projects are part of Swansea Council's ongoing Quality in Education programme, which aims to drive up standards and improve educational environments across the area.
William Evans, cabinet member for learning and skills, told the meeting: "This is part of the rolling programme of school improvements. It is going to mean pupils are studying in 21st Century school buildings which are beneficial to learning."
He said Burlais school was most in need. He added: "Across the sites there are decaying buildings. Burlais is in a bad state of repair and it needs provision to make a tremendous transformation."
The council's cabinet approved the planning applications for a state-of-the-art school for Burlais Primary, formed last year following a merger between Manselton and Cwmbwrla Primary Schools. The primary school is split across two ageing buildings, and the application included plans for a new traditionally constructed build at Cwmbwrla Park. Cabinet members also gave the go-ahead for new school buildings for Gowerton Primary School at the Elba site.
The school, formerly Tregwyr Infants and Tregwyr Junior Schools, is currently split across three sites.
They also gave the nod for a new school, and demolition of old buildings, at YGG Lon Las, and approved an application for extensions at Glyncollen and Newton Primary Schools, to replace ageing, failing and expensive to maintain demountable buildings no longer fit for purpose.
The projects are expected to total £21 million. The Welsh Government has already approved some funding.