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:
This submission, if agreed and implemented, would cost Denbighshire £32 million, which would be funded through savings and investment through the priorities.
- 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)
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.
This lovely picture of a Kingfisher was taken recently by local wildlife photographer, Nathaniel Ramanaden, at Big Pool Wood Nature Reserve, Prestatyn, an excellent site for spotting nature in all its glory.
A Million Reasons To Celebrate For Council Tenants In St Asaph
A major £1.2 million environmental improvement project for council tenants in St Asaph has been unveiled by Denbighshire Housing Service.
The areas where improvements are taking place are:Havard: Heol Afon; Part of Heol Clwyd;Ffordd Newydd; &Part of Llwyn Elwy
This exciting project will deliver a number of improvements including highways and footpath reconstruction, together with environmental landscaping. On completion, the area will benefit from better parking facilities, traffic calming measures and open area landscaping. Investment in the project will come from Denbighshire Housing, with support from the wider County Council and the Welsh Government.
Preparations work started in April 2017, with the project due to start in full in September, when highways and footpath reconstruction work will begin.
Landscaping and other environmental improvement works will begin in early 2018.
Councillor Tony Thomas, Cabinet Lead Member for Housing, said: “The significant investment in the project reflects the commitment of the housing team in investing in communities and creating positive places to live.
“We look forward to working with the local community to deliver these improvements and create a vibrant environment that they can be proud to be a part of. This is one of a number of community based projects underway across the county, with a firm commitment by the team to improving the quality of life for local people through quality developments”.
County Councillor Peter Scott said he was tremendously pleased with the development for St. Asaph West which would enhance the area and improve facilities for residents.
School Transport Policy Under The Spotlight
Denbighshire County Council’s revised school transport policy has been under the spotlight today and has been approvedby the Council’s Cabinet.
The current Home to School Transport Policy came into force from September 2015, after agreement by Council in 2014; with a review of the policy planned after 12 months of operation.
Today (Tuesday), at the Cabinet meeting at County Hall, Ruthin councillors were updated on feedback to the recent consultation on the revised policy, now known as Denbighshire’s Learner Transport Policy.
Over 13,000 letters were sent to families, as well as schools, councillors, AMs, MPs, colleges and governing bodies, as well as consultation with 73 students representing Denbighshire’s secondary schools.
79 responses were received to the consultation, with the majority supportive of the draft policy. The issue of Welsh school categorisation was raised, particularly in reference to Ysgol Bro Cinmeirch, with some concerns that pupils may move to Ysgol Pant Pastynog, to be eligible for free school transport to Ysgol Glan Clwyd.
Councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts,’s Cabinet Lead Member for Education, Children and Young People, said: “Councillors recognised thatwere pockets of concern regarding certain elements of the current policy and we have addressed these concerns as and when they have arisen. This the need to look at the way we executed policy and question if it was fair, flexible and meet the needs of the children and families.
“We agreed when we implemented the policy that it would be reviewed after one year of operating. That review has now taken place and has taken into consideration feedback from schools, parents, councillors and advice through legal discussions.
“The new policy clarifies the Council’s position with regards to pick-up points and hazardous routes, with a previously separate guidance note being incorporated into the latest policy. This is a more flexible and far policy which give a clear appeals process. As with the current policy, the Council would continue to provide free transport to the nearest suitable Welsh language or Faith school, if this was the parental / carers preference.
“We are extremely grateful to people for getting involved in the consultation and this is a demonstration of councillors listening to residents and making the changes for the benefit of our children ”.