School Benefits from New Adapted Minibus
12 October 2017
Ysgol Bae Baglan has received a new adapted minibus to help transport pupils from the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Unit at the school.
Ysgol Bae Baglan pupils, staff and Vice Chair of Governors David Davies pictured next to their new minibus with Neath Port Talbot Council Project Development and Funding Manager, Paul Hinder; St Modwen’s Director of Asset Management, Janine Parker and local councillors Oliver Davies, Robert Wood and Suzanne Paddison.
The Head teacher, Mr. Mike Tate this week took delivery of the vehicle, which has been made possible thanks to a donation from ‘St Modwen Property Development Ltd’, developer of the Baglan Energy Park Solar Farm.
The minibus has been custom-built following close working between the Council’s education and fleet management sections, the school, the SEN Unit, and St Modwen to develop the best solution for the children.
Innovative features include demountable seating and tracking for wheelchair users; seatbelts which match the flexible seating patterns; reversing cameras, and LED lighting.
The bus, which is branded with the school’s logo, is also equipped with an underslung tail gate lift, grab handles, low access floor and first aid facilities and benefits from 1.8 metre headroom and tinted windscreen.
Cllr Ted Latham Ysgol Bae Baglan Chair of Governors, said: “The construction of Ysgol Bae Baglan provided our young people with a learning environment designed to promote their wellbeing and to maximise the benefits presented by the latest technology. This fantastic new custom-made minibus will broaden even further the experiences of pupils from our Special Educational Needs Unit and will make a real difference to their lives. On behalf of the school I would like to thank St Modwen for the generous funding they provided which has made this possible.”
Rupert Joseland, St. Modwen’s Regional Director for Wales, said: “We are highly committed to supporting initiatives which have a positive impact on the local community, environment and economy. We are delighted to fund this fully equipped minibus for the Special Educational Needs Unit in Ysgol Bae Baglan and provide the pupils with the opportunity to participate in additional activities which will deliver long term benefits for their development.”
The £15m solar energy project based at Baglan Bay houses 20,000 photovoltaic panels, enough to provide renewable, green electricity for over 1,200 homes per year in Wales.
The site forms part of St. Modwen’s linked development which comprises of Baglan Bay, Coed Darcy and the Bay Campus for Swansea University. It will completely transform key areas of the Swansea Bay City Region within Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.