Jane Dodds MS

School closure a hammer blow to the community

The Conservative-Independent Powys County Council Cabinet officially confirmed that they intend to press ahead with plans to close Llanfihangel Rhydithon (Dolau) C.P. School.

The announcement will come as a devastating blow to many of the school’s parents, children, and staff, and other members of the Dolau community, who have been campaigning for the school’s future.

It is part of a wider programme of primary school closures being championed the Conservative Portfolio Holder for Education and Property, Phyl Davies. Other Powys schools at risk of closure include Castle Caereinon Church in Wales School, Churchstoke County Primary School, Llanbedr Church in Wales School.

Jane Dodds, the Leader for the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Mid & West Wales MS added: “I am surprised and shocked to hear that the Conservative and independent cabinet has decided to move ahead with the closure of Dolau. This represents a hammer blow to the community which had campaigned so hard to keep the school open.

“This is also a significant blow for Welsh language education in a thriving community. I urge the Conservative-Independent to re-think their education programme which is leading to the unnecessary closure of rural schools throughout Powys.”

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