Plan progresses for Welsh and English language schools in Tenby

Pembrokeshire County Council is to run further consultation on proposals for the closure of two Tenby primary schools to make way for one English medium and one Welsh medium school in the town.

Cabinet member for Education and the Welsh language Huw George said that six meetings had been held in March with the parents, staff and governors of both Tenby VC Infant School and Tenby Junior School.

He described the meetings as "some of the most positive discussions I've been to."

He said that there had been a good level of response to the consultation with a mix of responses.

The cabinet report stated that there was support for both the establishment of separate Welsh and English all-through schools and support for maintaining the status quo.

A number of issues, which were raised in the initial consultation included concerns over traffic problems in and around the Heywood Lane area which could be exacerbated, replacing successful schools with the unknown and a preference from some to establish a Welsh medium school in Pentlepoir.

Cllr George said the proposals would "ring bells with the minister in Cardiff" and were "a positive way forward for the Welsh language in Pembrokeshire."

Members agreed that the Director of Education and Children's Services consult on the proposals to discontinue the two existing schools, and establish the two new schools effective from September 1st 2013.

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