Glyntraian Community Council is aware that there is a
steadily rising groundswell of concern about the future of the main building at
the Pontfadog School site, in particular a desire to retain the main building as
part of any future development on the site.
The Council has outlined these concerns in a letter to Cllr
Mark Pritchard at Wrexham Council, requesting that when negotiations are
carried out with the eventual developer, that the community’s concerns and
suggestions are considered.
The Council will issue an update once a reply has been received.
It has been brought to the attention of Glyntraian Community
Council (GCC) that a questionnaire bearing the Council logo has been circulated
in the last 24 hours. GCC would like to
make perfectly clear that this was not produced or endorsed in any way by the
Council. GCC firmly stands in full
support of the recommendation resulting from the independent consultation and
supporting questionnaire survey, and the integrity with which it was conducted.
GCC confirms that no further questionnaires
relating to the future use of the school site will be circulated or endorsed by
GCC. We would like to remind all residents
that the consultation was completed in February 2020 and GCC voted to accept
the recommendation from the final report on 4th March 2020. This was ratified by the Wrexham County Borough
Council Executive Board at its meeting on 9th Feb 2021. GCC consider this matter closed.
Glyntraian Community Council
19th February 2021
GCC is aware of many conversations circulating in the community and on local social media sites regarding the Ysgol Pontfadog site. The future of the site was subject to wide consultation with the community through 2019. Regrettably, there are factual inaccuracies and misleading statements from some commentators. Accurate information regarding the entire process, methodology and all GCC Council Meeting Minutes offer full transparency on the decision-making process and are available on the GCC website at: www.glyntraian.org.uk
At yesterday’s meeting of the Wrexham Council Executive Board the members voted unanimously to endorse the recommendation for a small number of low-cost stater homes to be built on the former Pontfadog school site. Follow this link to view the archived webcast from that meeting.
If watching the webcast relevant passages are (Public questions) between 8 minutes 55 seconds and 10 minutes, then item 6 between 17 minutes and until 31 minutes, 50 seconds.
Community Council (GCC) welcomes the decision taken today by Wrexham Council
Executive Board to accept the recommendation of the Local Authority’s Corporate
Land and Buildings Strategy Group to dispose of the former Ysgol Pontfadog site
to a Registered Social Landlord for development as affordable housing.
voted in March last year to accept an independent Feasibility Study &
Recommendation Report, jointly commissioned with Welsh Rural Development
Agency, Cadwyn Clwyd, which recommended the former school site be developed for
a small number of low-cost starter homes.
GCC vote was carried by 7-1 and followed a rigorous six-month community
consultation exercise, including an options survey sent to all 323 homes in the
community where housing was regarded as being of the highest benefit to the
Executive Board accepted today the Report’s recommendation that any low-cost
housing on the site be tied into a local lettings and allocation policy in
perpetuity and should include a community benefit embedded into the
development. The Board also acknowledged
Cllr Trevor Bates’ request made on behalf of the local community that the old
school bell and certain items from the school building itself be kept.
Community Council Chairman, Cllr Graham Barrow said: “We now look forward to
working closely with whichever Registered Social Landlord acquires the
site. Our expectation is the developers will consult widely with local
residents. In so doing, we anticipate that they will put forward a scheme the
village can be proud of and crucially, one that preserves key heritage elements
of the historic old school building.”