Closed consultations

Click on the headings below to find out about the outcomes of  our consultations that have now closed.

Proposal for a new 3-16 Catholic School in Rhyl

From 15 February to 30 March 2017, we consulted on the following proposal from Denbighshire County Council’s Cabinet of elected members and the Diocese of Wrexham;

Denbighshire County Council to close St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School (Ysgol Mair) and Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High school on the 31st August 2019; and the Diocese of Wrexham to establish a new 3-16 Catholic School on the existing site from the 1st September 2019. 

Update 20/09/17

Decision

On 11th September 2017, the Head of Education and Children’s Services approved the proposal to close Ysgol Mair/ St. Marys Primary school and Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High school in Rhyl.

The Bishop of Wrexham has also approved the connected proposal to establish a new 3-16 Catholic school in Rhyl.

The Head of Education and Children’s Services and the Bishop of Wrexham carefully considered the respective proposals in accordance with the requirements of the School Organisation Code 2013.

You can read the decision letter here.

Update 20/6/2017
Statutory Notice

The Statutory Notice for the proposal for Denbighshire County Council to close Ysgol Mair/ St. Mary’s Catholic Primary school and Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High school and for the Diocese of Wrexham to establish a new English Medium, Voluntary Aided Catholic school, can be found here.

Objections should be sent in writing to Karen Evans, Head of Education and Children’s Services, Denbighshire County Council, PO Box 62, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 9AZ, or by email to modernisingeducation@denbighshire.gov.uk within a period of 28 days after the date of publication of these proposals, that is to say by 17 July 2017 any person may object to the proposals.

Update 14/6/2017

You can see the findings of the formal consultation in the consultation report. A children and young person’s version is also available.

This report summarises the responses to the recent consultation on the above proposal and the responses from Denbighshire County Council and the Diocese of Wrexham. 

Update 3/4/2017

This consultation has now closed. 

A report detailing the findings of the consultation will be presented to Denbighshire County Council’s Cabinet on the 6th June 2017.

Related documents

We produced a consultation document which explains the reasons behind the proposal. You can see a copy of that document by clicking here.

We produced a children’s version of the consultation document which you can read by clicking here. We also produced a young people’s version, you can read by clicking here.

Click here to access the Community, Equality & Welsh Language Impact Assessment.

Please click on the document below for a look at Frequently Asked Questions around the proposal. 

 

Council Tax Premium on Long Term Empty Homes and Second Homes

We held a consultation from 16 November 2016 to 14 December 2016 to gather views on the implementation of a Council Tax premium on long-term empty homes and second homes.

Thank you to all who took part in this consultation.

You can see the findings of the formal consultation in the consultation report

Update 9/2/2017

The results supported the development of a report that was presented to an informal cabinet meeting in January 2017.

Due to the likely implementation date of any policy change being no sooner than April 2018, it was thought more appropriate that a decision on setting a charge for Council Tax Premiums on Long Term Empty Homes and Second Homes should be taken by the new council, following local elections in May 2017. As a result the decision will be submitted to the new council in Autumn 2017 for their consideration. This deferral will mean that Denbighshire County Council will not have charges in place until April 2019 at the earliest.

Members of the public will be notified of the further consideration of this item through the Denbighshire website and local press.

Further updates will be posted when they are available.

Welsh in Education Strategic Plan

During the autumn of 2016, we carried out a formal consultation on a draft version of the Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2017 - 2020. The consultation took place between 24th of October and 19th December 2016.

Following the completion of the consultation phase, the plan will be submitted to Welsh Government in line with the requirements of the Welsh in Education Strategic Plans and Assessing Demand for Welsh Medium Education (Wales) Regulations 2013.

The final plan will be published in June 2017 following approval from Welsh Government.

Future of in-house care services

The public consultation on the future of Denbighshire County Council’s in-house care services formally closed on 24th January 2016. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the consultation, whether that was by writing a letter; completing the on-line consultation form; or by attending one of the 8 public consultation meetings held across the county.

Officers have analysed all the responses received during the consultation and reported this information to the original Elected Member Task and Finish Group that developed the proposals. This included analysing any alternative proposals put forward during the consultation to consider whether they are sustainable in relation to affordability and their ability to meet future demand for modern services that promote independence. This group has prepared a report which will be considered by the Scrutiny Committee on 12th April before being presented to Cabinet on 24th May for a decision on which of the options for each of the services is taken forward.

Use the link below to see the minutes from the Cabinet meeting on the 24th of May:

Cabinet Meeting - Tuesday 24th May 2016 10.00am

Proposed Public Spaces Protection Order - Maes Gwilym Nature Reserve, Rhyl

Between the 22nd May and the 17th June 2015 a formal consultation on a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order in respect of Maes Gwilym Nature Reserve, Rhyl occurred.

The consultation was necessary to inform any future decision by the lead member of the council for Public Realm.

On the 15th July 2015 the lead member considered the consultation responses and approved the making of a public spaces protection order as proposed.

Proposal to close Ysgol Llanbedr and transfer pupils to Ysgol Borthyn - 2015

During the summer of 2015, we carried out a formal consultation into a proposal to close Ysgol Llanbedr. The formal consultation took place between 16 June and 28 July 2015.

The proposal being considered was to close Ysgol Llanbedr on 31 August 2016. Existing pupils would transfer to Ysgol Borthyn, Ruthin subject to parental preference.

You can see the findings of the formal consultation in the consultation report. A children’s version is also available.

You can get more background information about the consultation in the formal consultation document. This is also available in a children's version. You can see how the proposed changes would affect the community and the Welsh language in this Community and Language Impact Assessment.

On 10th November 2015 we issued a statutory notice for this proposal. You can read the Statutory Notice here. The statutory notice period came to an end on 7th December 2015.

You can see a summary of any objections made during the objection period (and not withdrawn in writing), together with the observations of the Council in this objection report.

Cabinet Decision

On Tuesday the 16th February 2016, Denbighshire County Council's Cabinet approved the proposal to close Ysgol Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd as of the 31st of August 2016 with existing pupils transferring to Ysgol Borthyn, Ruthin subject to parental preference. The Cabinet carefully considered the proposal, the statutory objections submitted and the local authority responses in accordance with the requirements of the School Organisation Code 2013.

You can read the decision letter here.

You can read the objection report here.

Proposal for new area school for Llanfair DC and Pentrecelyn

During the spring of 2015 Denbighshire County Council and the Church in Wales carried out a formal consultation into a proposal for a new area school for the Llanfair/ Pentrecelyn area. The formal consultation took place between 3 February and 16 March 2015.

The proposal being considered was to close Ysgol Llanfair DC and Ysgol Pentrecelyn and to open a new area school on the existing sites of those schools. We would then work on plans to build a new school on a single site.

You can see the findings of the formal consultation in the consultation report.

You can get more background information about the consultation in the formal consultation document. This is also available in a children’s document. You can see how the proposed changes would affect the community and the Welsh language in this Community and Language Impact Assessment.

Statutory notice

On 18th June 2015 we issued a statuory notice for this proposal.  You can read the Statutory Notice here. The statutory notice period came to an end on 15th July 2015.  

You can see a summary of any objections made during the objection period (and not withdrawn in writing), together with the observations of the Council and the Diocese, in this objection report.

Cabinet decision

On Tuesday the 27th October 2015, Denbighshire County Council's Cabinet approved the proposal to close Ysgol Llanfair DC and Ysgol Pentrecelyn on 31st August 2017 and for the Diocese of St.Asaph to open a new area school on 1st September 2017. The Cabinet carefully considered the proposal, the statutory objections submitted, and the local authority and the Diocese of St.Asaph responses in accordance with the requirements of the School Organisation Code 2013.

You can read the decision letter here.

You can read the objection report here.

This decision was called-in and subsequently reviewed by the Communities Scrutiny Committee on 16th November 2015. At the meeting, having considered all the information presented to them, members of the committee agreed that the decision would stand as there were not sufficient grounds to merit sending it back to Cabinet.

Proposal to close Ysgol Rhewl

During the spring of 2015, we carried out a formal consultation into a proposal to close Ysgol Rhewl.  The formal consultation took place between 10 February and 23 March 2015.

The proposal being considered was to close Ysgol Rhewl on 31 August 2017. Existing pupils would transfer to Ysgol Pen Barras or Rhos Street School, to coincide with the opening of the new school buildings.

You can see the findings of the formal consultation in the consultation report.

You can get more background information about the consultation in the formal consultation document.  This also available in a children's version.  There is also some additional information in this appendix and this document.  You can see how the proposed changes would affect the community and the Welsh language in this Community and Language Impact Assessment.

Statutory notice

On 16th June 2015 we issued a statutory notice for this proposal.  You can read the Statutory Notice here.  The statutory notice period came to an end on 13th July 2015.

Cabinet decision

On Tuesday the 29th September 2015, Denbighshire County Council's Cabinet approved the proposal to close Ysgol Rhewl. The Cabinet carefully considered the proposal, the statutory objections submitted, and the local authority response in accordance with the requirements of the School Organisation Code 2013.

You can read the decision letter here.

You can read the objection report here.

School transport policy

During the summer of 2014, we carried out a formal consultation on a proposed new Home to School Transport Policy.  The  consultation took place between 11 August and 12 September 2014.

The policy was under review because of the difficult financial circumstances being faced by the council, and to protect frontline services, our elected members have had to make difficult decisions about our discretionary services, such as school transport.

Read the Home to School Transport Policy in full.

The draft policy was considered and adopted by Cabinet on 30 September 2014, and it will be implemented from September 2015.  We will work with the parents of any pupils who may be affected by the changes, to ensure that there is a smooth transition to the new arrangements.

Proposal to change Ysgol Esgob Morgan to a Voluntary Controlled Faith School

During the autumn of 2014 we carried out a formal consultation into a proposal to re-designate Ysgol Esgob Morgan Community School as a Voluntary Controlled Faith School.  The formal consultation took place between 8th September and 21st October 2014, and we received 46 responses.

The proposal being considered was to close Ysgol Esgob Morgan and to open a new Anglican Faith Voluntary Controlled School on the existing site of that school.

You can see the findings of the formal consultation in the consultation report.  A  children's version of the report is also available.

You can get more background information about the consultation in the formal consultation document.  This is also available in a children's version.

Statutory notice

On 13 January 2015, we issued a Statutory Notice for this proposal.  You can read the Statutory Notice here.  The statutory notice period came to an end on 9 February 2015.

Decision

On 31 March 2015, the Head of Customers and Education Support approved the proposal to close Ysgol Esgob Morgan.

On the same day, the Director of Education and Lifelong Learning at the Anglican Diocese of St Asaph approved the proposal to establish a new Anglican Faith Voluntary Controlled School to be known as Esgob Morgan Voluntary Controlled School.

The Head of Customers and Education Support and the Director of Education and Lifelong Learning carefully considered the respective proposals in accordance with the requirements of the School Organisation Code 2013.

You can read the decision letter here.

Additional HMO Licensing Scheme in Rhyl
In autumn 2014, we consulted on whether to introduce an Additional  Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Licensing Scheme in Rhyl.

Cabinet approved the proposal on 16th December, and the scheme will come into effect on 1st April 2015.  The scheme will last until 31st March 2020, unless it is extended or revoked before then.

The scheme will include properties in the Rhyl area that meet all the criteria within either one of these categories:

a) Any type of HMO as defined by Section 254 of the Housing Act 2004 which does not fall within the mandatory licensing scheme, occupied by three or more people, forming two or more households.

b) HMO properties which are defined within the scope of Section 257 of the Housing Act 2004; HMOs created by converting buildings into flats, but do not meet the 1991 Building Regulations, and they have not been subsequently brought up to the relevant standards.

Find out more about the scheme in this notice.

You can get more details about the proposed changes in the agenda items and minutes for the Cabinet meeting on 16th December.
Adult Social Services: Feedback fortnight - October 2014
We conducted a Feedback Fortnight in October 2014.  We asked people who receive support from our Adult Social Services to tell us what they thought about the service they receive.

Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback.  We received a lot of praise about our staff and the support we provide.  You also told us about the things that we are not doing so well.  

You can see a summary of what you said we could improve, and our response, here.
Adult Social Services: Feedback fortnight - March 2014
We conducted a Feedback Fortnight in March 2014.  We asked people who receive support from our Adult Social Services to tell us what they thought about the service they receive.

Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback.  We received a lot of praise about our staff and the support we provide.  You also told us about the things that we are not doing so well.  

You can see a summary of what you said we could improve, and our response, here.
Proposal to close Ysgol Llanbedr and transfer pupils to Ysgol Borthyn - 2013

During the autumn of 2013, we carried out a formal consultation regarding a proposal to close Ysgol Llanbedr as of the 31st of August 2014 and transfer existing pupils to Ysgol Borthyn, Ruthin subject to parental preference. The consultation took place between 11th November and 23rd December 2013, and we received 50 responses.

You can see the findings of the formal consultation in the consultation report.  A children's version of the report is also available.  You can download Estyn's response, correspondence we have consent to publish, and all appendices which are referred to in the report, in this zip file.

You can get some more background information about the consultation in the formal consultation document.  This is also available in a children's version . 

Statutory notice

On 29th January 2014, we issued a Statutory Notice for this proposal. You can read the Statutory Notice here . The statutory notice period came to an end on 25th February 2014. 

Cabinet decision

On 25th March 2014, Denbighshire County Council's Cabinet approved the proposal to close Ysgol Llanbedr as of 31st August 2014 with existing pupils transferring to Ysgol Borthyn, Ruthin, subject to parental preference. The Cabinet carefully considered the proposal, the statutory objections submitted, and the local authority response in accordance with the requirements of the School Organisation Code 2013.

You can read the decision letter here .

You can read the objection report here .

Minister for Education and Skills decision 

The decision to close Ysgol Llanbedr DC was referred to the Minister for Education and Skills on the 16th of April 2014.

A decision was issued by the Minister on the 27th of January 2015.

You can read the decision letter here

Find out more about why we are reviewing school provision in Denbighshire.
Proposal for a new area school to replace Ysgol Clocaenog and Ysgol Cyffylliog

During the autumn of 2013, we carried out a formal consultation into a proposal for a new area school for the Clocaenog / Cyffylliog area.  The formal consultation took place between 9 September and 22 October 2013, and we received 60 responses.

The proposal being considered was to close Ysgol Clocaenog and Ysgol Cyffylliog and open a new area school on the existing sites of those schools.  We would then work on plans to build a new school on a single site.

You can see the findings of the formal consultation in the consultation report.  A children's version of the report is also available.  You can download Estyn's response, correspondence we have consent to publish, and all appendices which are referred to in the report, in this zip file.

You can get some more background information about the consultation in the formal consultation document.  This is also available in a children's version.  

Statutory notice

On 7th January 2014, we issued a Statutory Notice for this proposal.  You can read the Statutory Notice here. The statutory notice period came to an end on 3rd February 2014.   

Cabinet decision

On 18th February 2014, Denbighshire County Council's Cabinet approved the proposal to close Ysgol Clocaenog and Ysgol Cyffylliog and to establish a new area school.  The Cabinet carefully considered the proposal, the statutory objections submitted, and the local authority response in accordance with the requirements of the School Organisation Code 2013.

You can read the decision letter here.

You can read the objection report here.

Implementation

Following the amalgamation of Ysgol Clocaenog and Ysgol Cyffylliog, Ysgol Carreg Emlyn opened its doors to pupils for the first time on the 3rd of September 2014

Find out more about why we are reviewing school provision in Denbighshire.

Proposal for a new joint faith school for North Denbighshire

During the summer of 2013, we carried out a formal consultation into a proposal for a new joint faith school for North Denbighshire.  The formal consultation took place between 2 June and 22 July 2013, during which time we received over 1,200 responses.

The proposal being considered was to close St Brigid’s School and Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School and open a new joint faith school on the existing sites of those schools.  Our co-promoters ( the Catholic Diocese of Wrexham and the Church in Wales Diocese of St Asaph)  would then consider whether to build a new school on a single site; subject to further consultation.

You can see the findings of the formal consultation in the consultation report .  The report is also available as a children and young people's version.  You can download Estyn's response, correspondence we have consent to publish, and St Brigid's evidence document, all of which are referred to in the consultation report,  here.

You can get some more background information about the consultation in the consultation document This document is also available in a children's version and a young people's version.

Find  out more about why we are reviewing school provision in Denbighshire.