£50 million plan for Newtown schools revealed

By Jonny Drury | Newtown | Education | Published:

Plans to spend around £50 million to re-configure schools in Newtown have been presented.

Ysgol Cedewain is likely to be the first school in line for investment

At a Newtown Town Council meeting on September 24, officers from Powys County Council said they were looking at all options when it comes to the future of schools in the area.

They also said they would look into the possibility of having an all through school, like the plans mooted in Llanfyllin.

Plans for the scheme's second phase is in the initial stages, however it could be 2022 before building work begins.

Ysgol Cedewain is likely to be the first to be worked on, and senior manager for schools transformation, Marianne Evans said: "We are still in the very early stages of planning but we are doing initial planning and feasibility work.

"We need to engage from the ground up, this is not a case of Powys County Council saying 'This is what you're going to have'.

"Because of the complex nature of the programme we have to look at how the programme is phased and 2022 is the very earliest we could start building work."

Mrs Evans also told councillors in Newtown there are a number of sites the authority owns on Park Lane, near the new bypass and in the Treowen area that are being assessed.

She added: "We have started having initial discussions with stakeholders, and we're looking at potential sites already in local authority ownership in Newtown.

"There are a lot of sites in the town, and the authority already owns a large block of land and buildings in the centre of town where the day centre, library and Ladywell Green school is already, and of course Ladywell House, so there are options which we're looking at."

Jonny Drury

By Jonny Drury

Senior reporter covering Oswestry and Mid Wales.


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