School could live on under college
AFTER being named as one of the best schools in the county before closing in 2015, Ysgol Pantycelyn could still be used for education.
The Llandovery-based secondary school will close in two years when pupils move to the new Ysgol Bro Dinefwr in Ffairfach, along with pupils from Ysgol Tregib in Llandeilo.
The public consultation for a Supplementary Planning Guidance on Ysgol Pantycelyn closed on October 11 , and set out the broad considerations for the future development of the site, including design expectations and the provision of specific elements such as open space and affordable housing.
Now Llandovery College has expressed an interest in taking over the site, not only for use by the prep school but also by the community.
Warden at Llandovery College Guy Ayling said: "Our prep school is out-growing its site. There is some room on the campus to grow but a move would provide the space as well as opportunities for better educational provision, not only for our pupils but for the community."
Mr Ayling said the school was in discussion with well established tertiary education providers about adult learning provision in Llandovery, to look at a dual educational use for the site.
"There are also other community orientated possibilities that could come out of maintaining the site as an educational facility.
"I am not sure that the current proposal to sell to housing developers is best for the community, not only in terms of educational provision but also economically."
The school's warden said the loss of an educational facility at the Pantycelyn site would be detrimental to the life of the community.
He said the loss of sport facilities and the greenfield playing field associated with the school at the Pantycelyn site, with no replacement sport facilities provided within the vicinity, would be contrary to local and national planning policies.
"What is more, Llandovery College is the largest single employer in the community of Llandovery and it is important to protect existing employment and enhance future employment opportunities by safeguarding educational facilities in the town.
"Any change of use of the Pantycelyn school site would also therefore be contrary to both local and national planning policies regarding employment," My Ayling added.