Funding bid for Denbighshire schools to be submitted

Denbighshire schools have benefitted over the last 7 years from significant investment in the school estate through the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme, which has been delivered in partnership between the Welsh Government and the Council.

Now the Welsh Government has invited all local authorities to submit their proposed programme for future capital investment by the end of this month. The Welsh Government will then decide the overall programme for Wales, which is expected to be of the value of £1.7 billion.

The proposals that have been submitted by Denbighshire are:

  • Review of provision in Denbigh, including Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn (Bid for £23.6 million)
  • Primary provision in Rhyl (Bid for £5.15 million)
  • Centre to provide additional pastoral support for pupils (Bid for £3.95 million)
  • Review of provision in Llangollen (Bid for £11.9 million)
  • Extension at Ysgol y Faenol, Bodelwyddan (Bid for £900,000)

This submission, if agreed and implemented, would cost Denbighshire £32 million, which would be funded through savings and investment through the priorities.

At this stage the Council is preparing its corporate priorities and confirming any funding that may be identified may enable some or all of the revised priorities to be delivered.

Councillor Huw Hilditch- Roberts, Cabinet Lead Member for Education, Children and Young People, said: “The development of a programme for investment through the 21st Century Schools should have a positive impact on Denbighshire, through providing modern facilities for our children and young people. This also demonstrates our on-going commitment to investing in our pupils, to make sure they are educated in fit for purpose, modern surroundings.

“Local communities and the economy would also benefit, with the construction phase likely to lead to increase investment in local companies and provide opportunities for jobs”.

A number of schools have already benefitted from investment through the partnership approach between Denbighshire and the Welsh Government. This has included works at Ysgol y Gwernant/ Bryn Collen (Llangollen), Ysgol y Llys (Prestatyn), Ysgol Twm o’r Nant (Denbigh) and Ysgol Dyffryn Iâl (Llandegla),  together with the investment via the 21st Century Schools Programme at Bodnant Community School (Prestatyn), Ysgol Bro Dyfrdwy (Cynwyd), Ysgol Pen Barras and Rhos Street Schools (new buildings in Ruthin), Rhyl High School/ Ysgol Tir Morfa (Rhyl) and Ysgol Glan Clwyd (St Asaph).  Funding has also been made available for new builds at Ysgol Carreg Emlyn (Clocaenog), Ysgol Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd and the proposed 3-16 Catholic New School in Rhyl.

Posted on Thursday 20th July 2017