Ysgol Pontfadog

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.

Glyntraian Community Council Statement Regarding Questionnaires Bearing Council Logo Delivered in Glyntraian on 18th/19th February 2021

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

Ysgol Pontfadog Site

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

Decision on Future Use of Pontfadog School Site

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.          

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

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.”

COVID-19 Data Summaries

If you would like to view the latest figures relating to COVID-19 in North Wales and Wrexham Borough use the link on the COVID-19 page on the Glyntraian Community Council’s website to Wrexham Council’s COVID-19 briefing note.  The summaries can be found under ‘Local updates and data’.  These figures are updated weekly.  

Beware!

We have been notified by Dyfed Powys Police of scam calls with criminals pretending to be from Amazon stating you owe them money or have unauthorised spending. Do not follow instructions given by caller or follow links if the criminal texts or emails them through.

BEWARE! Residents at risk of being scammed over COVID-19 vaccine

Dyfed Powys Police Economic Crime Team has become aware that criminals have been sending texts and emails and attempting to lure people to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine to take advantage of the vaccine roll out.

DC Gareth Jordan, from the Cyber Crime Unit, said: “The text is made to look like it comes from the NHS and states, ‘we have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine’ and advises you to follow a link to get more information and ‘apply’. If you follow the link, you are taken to a convincing looking, but fake NHS website that asks for your personal details and requests bank/card details to ‘check your identity’. As with all scams, if you look a little closer, you will see it is not real. In this instance, note the URL is not www.nhs.uk/

It’s not only texts, beware of cold calls and emails regarding the vaccine as scammers are also asking people to pay for it over the phone. Remember! – the vaccine is FREE of charge and there is no way to jump the queue by paying for a ‘priority slot’.”

REMEMBER!

Community Christmas Hampers

Over this weekend Helping Hands volunteers have packed and delivered 48 Christmas hampers. Helping Hands would like to express its special thanks to Glyntraian Community Council, Glyntraian Community Agent, local residents, local businesses, additional local volunteers and donors for their support.  Simon Baynes MP met the volunteers on Friday and congratulated them on their ‘incredible’ achievement and added that the Ceiriog Valley is a fine example of community.

Simon Baynes MP meets with Helping Hands volunteers