2018 – The year of development in Neath Port Talbot
13 February 2018
This year is set to be a big one for regeneration in Neath Port Talbot, as some key development projects are being completed or take significant steps forward.
Ysgol Carreg Hir
Millions of pounds worth of investment in new schools and homes, the retail economy and public transport will start modernising the county borough as we move into 2018. Here is a selection of the regeneration projects that are set to help transform the county borough.
The council’s Strategic School Improvement Programme is gathering pace and 2018 will see the opening of four new school builds: The second phase of Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera, Ysgol Cwm Brombil, Ysgol Bro Dur and Ysgol Carreg Hir.
At Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera in the Swansea Valley £3.5m is being invested in a two-storey teaching block to accommodate up to 200 pupils aged 3-11. This project is expected to be completed by mid-2018. The first phase of this school project opened in 2017.
Ysgol Cwm Brombil, a new £30m all-through school for pupils aged 3 to16, will replace Dyffryn School and Groes Primary School. The new school is being built on the current Dyffryn Upper School/Groes Primary site.
This new Welsh medium provision for pupils aged 11 to 16 is being built on the site of the former Sandfields Comprehensive and Traethmelyn Primary Schools. The £19.3m investment will provide Welsh medium secondary education in the south of the county borough.
This new Welsh medium provision together with the redevelopment of the existing Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera site will form a key part of the Council’s plans to strengthen the provision of Welsh medium education across the county borough.
The school had a “topping out” ceremony in December after contractor Bouygues UK completed major structural work.
A new £7m primary school is also being built in Briton Ferry, known as Ysgol Carreg Hir, named after an iconic Standing Stone erected in the Bronze Age. The new school was named by local children as Ysgol Carreg Hir which translates as ‘long stone’, in recognition of the ancient monument.
The mighty 9 foot 2 inch tall monolith stone will be located in the grounds of the former Cwrt Sart Comprehensive, where the new 420-pupil primary school is currently under construction.
The three schools, Ysgol Cwm Brombil, Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Dur and Ysgol Carreg Hir are all expected to open in autumn 2018.
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