Welsh Government approves business case for new Gorseinon Primary School
Proposals for a £6m primary school fit for the 21 century for the community of Gorseinon has taken another important step forward.
The Welsh Government has approved the business case for a new-build Gorseinon Primary School which will help transform education facilities and benefit children for decades to come.
Gorseinon Primary School is currently located on three sites, one of them a Victorian-era building on the High Street with walls being supported by wooden buttresses.
Swansea Council wants to replace the school with a brand new one on Parc y Werin, plans which include improvements to the park as well.
Cllr Jen Raynor, Cabinet Member for Education, said: "Welsh Government approval of our business case is an important step because it means that ministers have approved the commitment of Welsh Government funding which will help us pay for building the school.
"However, the money is on the table for a limited time and it's important that we begin to spend the grant this financial year because if we don't it is unlikely we'll have access to it again next year."
The Gorseinon Primary School project was unveiled during an extensive public engagement exercise in the community in February and March this year which saw public drop-in sessions, an exhibition in the local library, a briefing for the town council and leaflets delivered to more than 3,500 homes.
The scheme is part of Swansea Council's QEd programme which is aiming to invest more than £70m in new and upgraded schools across the city over the coming years.
Among those already benefiting is Burlais Primary School which is throwing open its doors to pupils this month, uniting the school on one site for the first time in its history.
Cllr Raynor said: "Swansea Council wants to do for Gorseinon what's been achieved for the people of Manselton and Cwmbwrla.
"The Burlais Primary School story is very similar to Gorseinon Primary School. Both schools are on more than one site and both have to operate in Victorian-era buildings. And, if our proposals for Gorseinon are accepted, both will be located on local parks with enhanced public facilities and plenty of green space."
She said: "The only real difference is that the children of Burlais have what they need and the children of Gorseinon are waiting and hoping for the best."
To find out more about the Gorseinon Primary School story go to www.swansea.gov.uk/gorseinonprimaryproject