CONSULTATIONS on the future of education provision at three Ceredigion primary schools are now open and views are being sought.
In line with Ceredigion County Council’s School Review Policy, and due to a fall in numbers, budget deficit and a review of school provision in the area, Cabinet decided at its meeting on July 10 to cease to maintain education provision at Cilcennin Primary School in the centre of the county, and also at Beulah and Trewen Primary Schools in the south of the county. These decisions commence the consultation process which is now open until November 7.
The Cabinet Member responsible for Learning Services, Councillor Catrin Miles said, “Whilst the Welsh Government sets the overall policy and legislative framework for school organisation, Councils have a responsibility for the planning and management of school places and must secure efficient provision so as to focus resources on improving education outcomes for young people.”
Full consideration have been included in these consultations to comply with the requirements of the updated Welsh Government School Organisation Code which comes into force on 1 November.
Councillor Catrin Miles continued, “It is essential that we consult fully on the proposals to cease education provision at Beulah and Trewen Primary Schools and Cilcennin Primary School. There were careful consideration of the relevant factors of education in the area by the Schools Review Panel and Cabinet to ensure the sustainability of the educational provision in Ceredigion for the future. This is now the opportunity for the local communities to comment on the proposals.”
Arrangements will be made to consult with pupils, including those of any affected schools. The information provided will be presented in such a way that is relevant to their age and level of understanding, which will allow them to reach an informed opinion.
The consultation papers can be seen on www.ceredigion.gov.uk/consultations. Views can be expressed or further questions asked, by either completing the response form at the end of the document or in writing to: email@example.com or Ceredigion County Council, School Services, 2nd Floor, Canolfan Rheidol, Rhodfa Padarn, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3UE. Respondents can call 01545 570881 for a paper copy. Views are to be received by 7 November 2018.
A Consultation Report will be presented to Cabinet for decision on the proposals on 18 December. If a decision was to be made to cease provision at the three schools, there would be a Statutory Notice open for objections in January. The Cabinet decisions contribute towards realising the Council’s corporate priorities of investing in people’s future. The Full Council will make any further decisions on these matters after the consultation process.
Recognition given to long-standing members of Council committee
AT AN Ethics and Standards Committee (virtual) meeting held on 17 September 2021, Rif Winfield and Hywel Wyn Jones were given recognition for their 10 years’ of service to the Committee between 2011 and 2021. A small plaque was presented to both.
Hywel was Chair of the Committee for 3 years.
In their place, two new independent members Alan Davies and Caryl Davies have been appointed.
Eifion Evans, Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council said, “Ceredigion County Council has benefitted from a decade of advice and considerations provided by Rif & Hywel. We welcome the new members of the committee and their input to the function of the Committee will be greatly appreciated.”
Standards Committees of local authorities exist to do all that is possible to promote and safeguard the standards that the public rightly expect from their elected representatives.
Ceredigion County Council Chairman, Councillor Paul Hinge, said, “Our thanks go to Rif and Hywel who have given their time to contribute to the Committee and we welcome the new members.”
The Committee is made up of five independent members, two county councillors and two town/community councillors. Meeting quarterly, reports for the Ethics and Standards Committee including dispensation applications can be found on the Council website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk.
Exciting new developments on the horizon for Lampeter Wellbeing Centre
At a Cabinet meeting held on 01 December 2020, it was agreed that Lampeter Leisure Centre would become the location of the Council’s first Wellbeing Centre in the County.
A significant amount of work and investment is to be made at the Leisure Centre which will improve the facility and the resources for years to come.
Over the coming months, as we see the plans and proposals for Wellbeing Centre develop, they will be shared with service users and the residents of Ceredigion.
Architects have been appointed to oversee the project and work will now begin on the proposed layout for the facility. The layout will be a reconfiguration of the existing facility in order to provide a Wellbeing Centre that can provide an enhanced range of Through Age Services, including Leisure Services to the residents of Lampeter and the mid of the county.
Councillor Catherine Hughes, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member, said: “We are looking forward to the development of the new Wellbeing Centre at Lampeter. This will provide a range of services to residents within their local community.
This development comes at a welcome time, as Ceredigion Public Service Board is carrying out an Assessment of Local Wellbeing, in order to find out about the wellbeing of local people and communities, now and in the future.”
Lampeter Leisure Centre will be closed during the building works, but during this period alternative provision will be made available for all service users and clubs.
We look forward to being able to share these alternative plans with you over the coming weeks, as soon as these arrangements have been finalised.
UK Government must improve HGV drivers’ working conditions – Ben Lake MP
FOLLOWING his contribution during PMQs on September 8 regarding the HGV driver crisis, Ben Lake MP has raised the issue again, with Minister Grant Shapps.
Ben Lake MP has said:
“Many constituents who work in the HGV industry have come forward to share their experiences with me about the HGV driver crisis. As well as expressing grave concern, they have also shared ideas and long-term solutions that would greatly improve the current situation.
“It’s important that the UK Government listens and gives full consideration to these suggestions and I look forward to meeting with the Minister in the near future to discuss them further.”
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