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Councillor says Welshpool being ignored by County Council

Created on 26/11/2017 @ 09:21
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A councillor says the people of the Welshpool area have been ignored by Powys County Council in talks about the future of the county’s schools.

People in Powys are being invited to have their say on the county council’s draft policy on developing the school infrastructure “Plans for Powys Schools – Vision 2025”.

A draft has been published online at and the council is welcoming feedback on this strategic document.

Drop-in sessions are also being held in January for those people who don’t have internet access or who have questions for the council’s education officers – but none are being held in the North of the county.

County Councillor Graham Breeze, who represents the Llanerchydol Ward in Welshpool, has called on Powys County Council to increase the number of drop-in sessions planned.

“The council plans to visit Brecon, Llandrindod and Newtown but has totally ignored vast areas of the county and I have written pointing out this very unfair situation,” said Mr Breeze.

“As yet I have not received a response from the authority, only support from councillors in other areas that have also been totally ignored. I will be contacting Councillor Myfanwy Alexander, Cabinet member with responsibility for Schools to ask for changes to be made.

"All areas of Powys need to be given the same opportunities to respond to these proposals and it is not to much to ask that further drop-in sessions are held in the Welshpool area."

In an earlier statement Cllr Alexander commented: “This new policy represents a radical change in the council’s approach to developing the schools’ system required to meet the challenges ahead,” said Cllr. Alexander.

“We wish to work with schools and communities to develop a positive and innovative network of schools, based on a commitment to collaborative learning and developing partnerships with schools, families, communities and businesses, all working together to create a system that is accessible, integrated and responsive.

 “We welcome your ideas in developing the ideas within this consultation document, so that we can work together to support education across our diverse communities,” she added.

The drop-in sessions are as follows:

•      Tuesday 9th January – Brecon Library – 3pm-6.30pm

•      Thursday 11th January – The Gwalia – 3pm-6.30pm

•      Tuesday 16th January – Newtown Library – 3pm-6.30pm

The online survey is open until January 30th, 2018. Should people prefer, they can respond by letter to the School Transformation Team at County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5LG or by emailing

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