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Maesydre ‘listed’ issue still not resolved

 
Created on 16/02/2018 @ 16:28
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A multi-million pound project to build a new school on the site of the current Maesydre school is still on hold due to a bid to make it a listed building.

The school (pictured) was due to make way for a fresh new facility for Welsh speakers as part of plans to transform education delivery in the town. It was originally supposed to open its doors for lessons in September.

But a huge spanner was thrown into the works late last year when CADW, the Welsh Government’s Historic Environment Service, informed Powys County Council of their intention to list as Grade II the existing building.

Powys have objected, but CADW informed us this week that discussions are ongoing with a decision expected soon.

“We are considering the comments that have been received following consultation, but have not yet made a final decision,” said a CADW spokesperson. “In the meantime the building is subject to interim protection as if it were listed.”

The new school is planned in front of the current building which would eventually make way for car parking. If it became listed, Powys would have to rethink its plans, which could include looking for a new site to build the school.

The issue is causing serious delays to Powys plans to close its current Primary and Nursery schools in the town and move all kids into two new facilities, the second being constructed close to the High School for English speakers.

 

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