Money wisely spent?
10:01am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Letters
DURING my term as councillor representing the Illtyd Ward an application was submitted for demountable classrooms to be installed for new school Ysgol Cymraeg Nant Talwg, Colcot Road, Barry.
Some of the residents living in the close proximity requested a meeting with Cllr Janice Charles and myself in protest of the application. The reasons for their objection were read out to the planning officers and the planning committee. Sadly, the application was granted. What we did achieve, however, was the planting of trees around the boundry fence to act as a screen.
Much to our surprise an application has now been submitted to remove the demountables for the creation of a new primary school. We just cannot believe that approximately two years ago money was spent on the demountables that are now to be removed. The information I see on the plans the demountables were phase I, so does this mean there was to be a phase II ie the new primary school?
Now before I get some caustic remarks from Plaid Cymru that I am against spending money on our children’s education I was born in a Welsh town where we all spoke Welsh, no English. Welsh is a language I love and I am very proud when I hear our children speak and sing in Welsh. But as a councillor one of my responsibilities was to see that the ratepayers money was spent very wisely, and if the school and the planners at the phase I stage evisaged that there was to be a phase II, ie a new primary, then ratepayers money has not been wisely spent.
I did seek information from the FOI unit on the actual cost involved in the sighting of the demountables and I am most grateful to the FOI unit staff for their reply. The cost was £1,376,000.
When the cost of the new primary is available this must be added to the £1,376,000 spent on Ysgol Cymraeg Nant Talwg.