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Primary school proposal takes next step

The next step in proposals to build a new primary school for the people of Gorseinon is taking place this week.

Gorseinon Primary New Build

Planning permission for the school on Parc y Werin in the heart of the community was granted in December, 2015. Now Swansea Council's Cabinet is set to be asked for permission to change the use of a section of the park from leisure and housing to education use.

The move comes after the council's planning committee agreed to back an independent inspector's recommendation not to give the park Village Green status.

Jen Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said a public notice was being published seeking public feedback on a 'land appropriation application' which would, if agreed, officially transfer the land needed for the school from leisure and housing to educational use.

She said: "This application is an important step for the community of Gorseinon, which is badly in need of a new primary school for their community. If Cabinet does agree it would pave the way for building work to get under way in the autumn."

She added: "The council has said it many times before, but it's worth repeating that even if the land appropriation application is accepted, the majority of Parc y Werin will still be available to the public for sport and recreation just as it always has been.

"On top of that, the planning permission process also guarantees that children will get an upgraded play area to replace the one that's already there and a 3G pitch planned for the school will also be publicly available outside school hours."

A copy of the land appropriation public notice has been published in the Evening Post and can be viewed at the Contact Centre in the Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea SA1 3SN.  

Anyone who wishes to comment on it must respond by the deadline date on July 28, 2017, in writing to this address: Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN under reference MJB/DGC-00207804.

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