09 August 2012>
Members last night welcomed a report on the development of the former St Ilan School site into a new Welsh medium secondary provision for children living in the Caerphilly basin area, at a meeting of Full Council and also gave approval to proceed with statutory processes in the autumn term.
Phase one of the works are pressing ahead at a pace, and Members welcomed the news that permission has also been granted for a four court sports hall and changing facilities on the site as part of the development programme.
Cllr Rhianon Passmore, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning said, "It is very pleasing to see that work is on track at the site, and that the first phase of these ambitious proposals is becoming a reality".
She continued, "This development scheme will help ensure that we are able to continue to accommodate the increasing demand for Welsh medium education in our county borough for many years to come, and I look forward greatly to seeing works continue to progress over the coming months. I shall also request that Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni's governing body considers a formal name for the former St Ilan site".
The council submitted a successful 21st Century Schools bid of £20m to the Welsh Government to aid in the development of the scheme last year. The bid was to make provision for up to an additional 900 secondary places on the former St Ilan school site in Caerphilly, as well as relocating Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Caerffili into the site.
The current Welsh secondary school at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni has reached full capacity and is projected to exceed capacity by 900+ pupils by 2021.
Consultation on the next phase of works will take place during the Autumn Term 2012.
For more information on the development scheme, please contact Julian Williams 01443 864817or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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