Cabinet agrees outline programme of schools improvement projects
05 October 2017
Councillors yesterday approved an outline programme of school improvement capital projects to be submitted to the Welsh Government for funding under the second phase of the 21st Century Schools and Education programme.
Funding secured by the Council under the first phase of the programme saw the construction of Ysgol Bae Baglan, Awel y Mor primary and new facilities at Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera – Bro Dur (north campus). Work is also currently under way on Ysgol Newydd Briton Ferry and Ysgol Newydd Margam, which are scheduled to open in autumn 2018.
Neath Port Talbot Council Leader Cllr Rob Jones said: “The first phase of the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education programme enabled the Council to secure £122m of capital investment for new school facilities within the county borough. We therefore welcome the opportunity to bid for further funding so that the schools facilities we provide give all of our children and young people the best start in life and the opportunity to be the best they can be.”
The projects proposed in the outline submission will comprise:
- Cefn Saeson Comprehensive - a new-build English-medium school for 900 pupils aged 11-16 years to replace an existing secondary school assessed as building condition category grade D.
- Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera - Bro Dur – a new-build replacement accommodation to complement the new build facilities on the campus at Ystalyfera completed as part of the first phase of the programme.
- Ysgol Newydd (Cwmtawe) - a new-build English-medium school in the Pontardawe area to accommodate primary age pupils as part of an ‘all-through’, 3-16 development involving Cwmtawe Comprehensive and four existing primary schools.
- Ysgol Newydd (Coed Darcy) - A new-build school for 450 pupils aged 3-11 (incl. Nursery) at Coed Darcy urban village.
- Abbey Primary School - a new-build English-medium school for 450 pupils, including Nursery, on a single site to replace the existing buildings currently located over three sites.
Following cabinet approval the outline programme will now be submitted to the Welsh Government.
Cllr Jones explained: “An application marks the first stage of the grant funding process and, at this point, there is no commitment on behalf of the Welsh Government to support this Council’s outline programme of projects or any indication as to the level or spending profile of the funding that might be made available.”
“Following any positive announcement on grant funding, extensive consultation will be undertaken with schools and other stakeholders in order to further develop the projects and secure planning permission. The Council will also need to secure its funding contribution following scrutiny of detailed business cases.”