Ysgol Pontfadog Recommendation Report

We are pleased to publish the Ysgol Pontfadog Feasibility Study Report today. This Report includes the recommendation on the future use of the Ysgol Pontfadog site from community engagement consultancy, Cynlas Cyf.

The Report and its findings will be the main item on the agenda at the next Glyntraian Community Council meeting on Wednesday the 4th March 2020. Councillors will decide whether to endorse the Report’s recommendation and approve the motion for its onward consideration by Wrexham County Borough Council’s Executive Board.

In accordance with the Council’s Standing Orders, members of the public are entitled to attend the meeting. Should you wish to speak at this meeting please notify the Clerk in advance. Permission to speak at the meeting is at the discretion of the Chairman.

The Report is downloadable by clicking the link below. A physical copy of the Report will be available at the Pontfadog Post Office from Saturday morning (29th March 2020). This should not be removed from the Post Office. The 58 page Appendices document accompanying the Report is also available to view at Pontfadog Post Office or by email from the Clerk at: clerk@glyntraian.org.uk

Glyntraian Community Council Calls Second Major Public Meeting
on Future of Ysgol Pontfadog Site

Glyntraian Community Council (GCC), in partnership with Rural Development Agency, Cadwyn Clwyd, has called a public meeting to discuss the preferred option to be taken forward by the council for the future use of the redundant Ysgol Pontfadog site. The village primary in Pontfadog was closed in July 2019.

The meeting will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday 30th January at the Oliver Jones Memorial Hall, Dolywern.

One-to-one stakeholder discussions, feedback forms and small forums were conducted by the Council’s community engagement consultant over the autumn and brought forth several emerging themes.

A comprehensive opinion survey asking householders to score their preferences on those ideas was delivered to the majority of households in the Glyntraian area in the first week of January. Responses are currently being analysed and the results will be revealed at the public meeting.

The project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. Further queries on the meeting should be directed to the Glyntraian Community Council Clerk in the first instance by emailing clerk@glyntraian.org.uk. Details of further updates will be posted on the GCC Facebook page and website www.glyntraian.org.uk.

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Final Report

The recommendation from the final report for low-cost starter homes, firmly tied into a local lettings policy and with a community benefit embedded into any development was endorsed by the Council on 4th March 2020. Councillors made individual statements at the meeting.

Wrexham Council Executive Endorses Disposal of Ysgol Pontfadog Site for Low-cost Housing Development

Glyntraian 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.

GCC 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.

The 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 community.

WCBC’s 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.  

Glyntraian 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.”

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.             

https://wrexham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/545945

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