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.
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.”
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.
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.
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’.”
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.