New block at Gaer school approved

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NEWPORT City Council has approved an application to build a new teaching block at the recently-merged Gaer Primary School, which will bring 16 more staff on site.

The Newport primary, which was created after the merger of Gaer Infant School and Junior School earlier this year, will receive a new stand-alone building for early years children.

At a meeting of the council’s planning committee yesterday chaired by Cllr Paul Hannon, councillors voted unanimously in favour of the proposal.

Two Year One classes, two reception classes and one nursery class will be housed in the new block, which will be built on the garden to the north of the existing junior school. A hard play area will also be created.

The new building has been designed to fit in with the current Grade II-listed junior school on Gaer Road, which Cadw called an “exceptionally well-preserved primary school”.

CllrPaul Huntley, who sits on the planning committee of the council, said: “This is for the benefit of the children in Newport. It is really good to have an infant section close to a junior section in order to integrate the two.”

The new single site Gaer Primary School will have capacity for 420 children, with the former infant school site, off Melfort Road, turned into an autism unit.

The application for the building was approved on condition of 16 additional parking spaces being built, as well as any trees and shrubs being replaced or maintained.

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10:26am Thu 28 Aug 14

Phill Doherty says...

The comments made by Cllr Paul Huntley are close to moronic, the in ant school was already close to the juniors and was on a single site. The rumours that the autism unit in the old infants is now not happening, the reason we were told the council were desperate for the infant building, is very telling. It smacks of corrupt and underhand tactics. I suspect the school will be used for a more profit based use such as selling to housing developers. They even used the tactic of asking for complaints/opposals of the plan to be made in school holidays when they knew parents would have their eye off the ball.
Total transparency it is not.
The parents, teachers and pupils of Gaer should feel very hard done by. They have lost wonderful amenities which were insinuated that they would be replaced but are not in plans.
The comments made by Cllr Paul Huntley are close to moronic, the in ant school was already close to the juniors and was on a single site. The rumours that the autism unit in the old infants is now not happening, the reason we were told the council were desperate for the infant building, is very telling. It smacks of corrupt and underhand tactics. I suspect the school will be used for a more profit based use such as selling to housing developers. They even used the tactic of asking for complaints/opposals of the plan to be made in school holidays when they knew parents would have their eye off the ball. Total transparency it is not. The parents, teachers and pupils of Gaer should feel very hard done by. They have lost wonderful amenities which were insinuated that they would be replaced but are not in plans. Phill Doherty
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