Welsh unveil scaled-back £1.4bn school plan – list

Aaron Morby 12 years ago

The Welsh Government has unveiled details of the first phase of its scaled down £1.4bn school building programme.

Work on the first tranche of projects is now due to start later than first planned and will be spread over a longer period, with councils expected to fund a larger contribution than first envisaged.

The Welsh Government had originally planned to put up 70% of the funding for the 21st Century schools’ programme but told local councils a few months ago they would only be providing 50%. The councils were told to resubmit their education proposals taking this into consideration.

Local councils will now have to find the extra £700m of cash or scale back ambitions to deliver ‘mend and make do’ projects.

Funding for council priority projects has been extended over a seven year period rather than three first envisaged,  followed by further fresh rounds every three years.

Martin Lipson, the former director of the 21st Century Schools programme, said the funding was to be welcomed if councils could find the money they had promised.

“I don’t think the councils have got the money that’s needed to carry out this programme unfortunately, because the original plan that we conceived was that local authorities would have to find about 30% of the costs of the project, leaving 70% to be found by the Welsh government,” he said.

Education Minister Leighton Andrews said: “Securing capital investment in these difficult economic times is essential not only for better education outcomes but for the continued support of our construction industry and the growth of our economy.”

    Welsh priority school projects

    Anglesey £7.9m Primary school, Holyhead
    Blaenau Gwent £20.3m Inc Welsh medium secondary school and schools in Abertillery and Tredegar
    Bridgend £45m Inc six schools and special needs provision
    Caerphilly £92m Inc work at St Ilan (Welsh medium) and Rhymney
    Cardiff £137.3m Involves 25 schools, inc new Eastern High School
    Carmarthenshire £86.7m Work involving 12 schools
    Ceredigion £32m Llandysul school building
    Conwy £18m Work in Caerhun, Llandudno Jct, Colwyn Bay and Penmaenrhos
    Denbighshire £73.4m Inc Bodnant Community Sch, Cynwyd area school and faith-based secondary
    Flintshire £64.2m Inc high school at Connah’s Quay and community campus at Holywell
    Gwynedd £36.22m Inc work in Berwyn and Y Gader catchments, Groeslon and Glan Cegin
    Merthyr £17.1m Inc work at Pen y Dre and Afon Taf high schools
    Monmouthshire £79.5m Involves five secondary and seven primary schools
    Neath Port Talbot £93m Seven schools inc Welsh medium secondary south of borough
    Newport £15m Inc replacing portable classrooms at seven schools and reorganisation of four schools
    Pembrokeshire £150m Work at nine schools inc county learning campus secondary school
    Powys £78.2m Work at six schools, inc Gwernyfed Primary review
    Rhondda Cynon Taf £160m Nine projects inc secondary reorganisation in Aberdare
    Swansea £51m Work inc 10 primary schools, Pentrehafod Comp and review of post-16 provision
    Torfaen £81.6m Work on four secondary and five primary, inc new Ysgol Panteg
    Vale of Glamorgan £21m Work at Ysgol Nant Talwg, Ysgol Dewi Sant, Llantwit Major Comp and school reorg in Barry cluster
    Wrexham £22.3m Work at four primaries and flexible learning zone at town secondary

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