Pupil protest can't save Pontypool school

South Wales Argus: Children protesting against proposals to close Pontnewynydd School (6330226) Children protesting against proposals to close Pontnewynydd School (6330226)

TORFAEN council cabinet members have agreed to close Pontnewynydd Primary School next year at an extraordinary meeting of councillors.

Pupils from Pontnewynydd Primary School held a protest outside the Civic Centre yesterday to urge cabinet members to save their school.

A consultation on the proposals to close the school and to house the pupils at the Penygarn Primary School building ran from November to December last year.

But the council released an updated document in March following suggestions from parents that the documents were inaccurate.

The consultation threw up a number of concerns about the proposal that were addressed at the meeting.

Council officers reassured cabinet members that they are confident that with reconfiguration of the Penygarn Primary School building it can accommodate the pupils from September 2015.

But the deputy leader, Cllr Lewis Jones, said he had “serious doubts”.

There were no commitments made by the council on whether staff will all be offered posts following the closure.

Officers reported that traffic congestion in and around Penygarn Primary School was not expected to increase.

But Cllr Jones added: “There is a serious issue of congestion and a risk of injury outside of the school.”

The future of the TV studio equipment at Pontnewynydd is currently unknown, although officers said that the council wouldn’t want to lose such a facility.

Parents also questioned if the canteen had space as Penygarn school already operates three meal sittings.

Cllr Jones said that this resulted in some children “not receiving the hot food that they were entitled to”.

But officers are confident that with change it can be achieved.

Supporting the proposal, executive member for education, Cllr Brian Mawby, said: “We need to close schools that are unsustainable in order to invest in schools that are. We know there are issues around Penygarn but we can address these with the money recovered from the school closure.”

Following approval from cabinet members, statutory notices will be published to close Pontnewynydd Primary School and disperse pupils to neighbouring schools from September 1, 2015.

Members will receive a further report in September 2014 after the end of the statutory notice period with a view to making a recommendation on how to proceed.

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11:57am Tue 20 May 14

paddyparry says...

There is severe congestion outside Penygarn School as it is. How they expect to have additional pupils at the school and no additional traffic shows how deluded these councillors are. You have commuters using the road, bus services, lorries delivering to the Spar and coaches bringing children into Ysgol Glyndwr as well. The road is not built to accomodate this level of use. With parents parking outside the school a 2 lane road is immediately reduced to half the width. The road surface around the area is also badly maintained. Show some sense for once Torfaen!
There is severe congestion outside Penygarn School as it is. How they expect to have additional pupils at the school and no additional traffic shows how deluded these councillors are. You have commuters using the road, bus services, lorries delivering to the Spar and coaches bringing children into Ysgol Glyndwr as well. The road is not built to accomodate this level of use. With parents parking outside the school a 2 lane road is immediately reduced to half the width. The road surface around the area is also badly maintained. Show some sense for once Torfaen! paddyparry
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3:13pm Tue 20 May 14

madas70 says...

so the officers say all these problems can be resolved when all the children have moved in?,then they will see it wont work but not care,all this to save 155,000 a year ,why dont they get rid of the no nothing officers who came up with this dimwitted deluded plan that is all about saving a few pennys and nothing to do with education, come sep 15 there will be over 500 kids in a 450 place school with not enough class space, dinning facilitys equipment no transport to move these children and no crossing patrols to provide safe routes ,i just hope that when a child is hurt neglected or worse these councilors all sleep well on there big fat wallets
so the officers say all these problems can be resolved when all the children have moved in?,then they will see it wont work but not care,all this to save 155,000 a year ,why dont they get rid of the no nothing officers who came up with this dimwitted deluded plan that is all about saving a few pennys and nothing to do with education, come sep 15 there will be over 500 kids in a 450 place school with not enough class space, dinning facilitys equipment no transport to move these children and no crossing patrols to provide safe routes ,i just hope that when a child is hurt neglected or worse these councilors all sleep well on there big fat wallets madas70
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4:00pm Tue 20 May 14

BUDDAH WELSH says...

paddyparry wrote:
There is severe congestion outside Penygarn School as it is. How they expect to have additional pupils at the school and no additional traffic shows how deluded these councillors are. You have commuters using the road, bus services, lorries delivering to the Spar and coaches bringing children into Ysgol Glyndwr as well. The road is not built to accomodate this level of use. With parents parking outside the school a 2 lane road is immediately reduced to half the width. The road surface around the area is also badly maintained. Show some sense for once Torfaen!
The school starting and finishing times there is chaos outside Penygarn school so are is this not going to be made worse by this action? This council are very short sighted like when the made all the boroughs instead of just being Gwent. I feel that in a few years this council or should I say the coffin dodgers who run TCBC will say Councillor Lewis Jones was right. This lot need to think before they cause so much upset in so many lives and maybe the cutbacks should start at the top. I could be talking all day,week or month about these so called people think, we want a voice in this day and age not have consultations that cost so much money but don't let the people of Torfaen have their say. No matter what we want the people we don't seem to get the council always have and always will do it their way maybe a change is due for TCBC.
[quote][p][bold]paddyparry[/bold] wrote: There is severe congestion outside Penygarn School as it is. How they expect to have additional pupils at the school and no additional traffic shows how deluded these councillors are. You have commuters using the road, bus services, lorries delivering to the Spar and coaches bringing children into Ysgol Glyndwr as well. The road is not built to accomodate this level of use. With parents parking outside the school a 2 lane road is immediately reduced to half the width. The road surface around the area is also badly maintained. Show some sense for once Torfaen![/p][/quote]The school starting and finishing times there is chaos outside Penygarn school so are is this not going to be made worse by this action? This council are very short sighted like when the made all the boroughs instead of just being Gwent. I feel that in a few years this council or should I say the coffin dodgers who run TCBC will say Councillor Lewis Jones was right. This lot need to think before they cause so much upset in so many lives and maybe the cutbacks should start at the top. I could be talking all day,week or month about these so called people think, we want a voice in this day and age not have consultations that cost so much money but don't let the people of Torfaen have their say. No matter what we want the people we don't seem to get the council always have and always will do it their way maybe a change is due for TCBC. BUDDAH WELSH
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