£21m Plans to Upgrade Five Swansea Primary Schools Approved

Wednesday, 18th September 2013

Major development projects totalling £21m at five Swansea primary schools have been given the green-light. Senior councillors voted to back the schemes to improve facilities at Burlais Primary, Gowerton Primary, YGG Lonlas, Glyncollen Primary and Newton Primary Schools at a meeting last night. The multi-million pound projects are part of Swansea Council's on-going Quality in Education (QEd) 2020 programme, which aims to drive up standards and improve educational environments across the area.


The council's cabinet approved the planning applications for a state-of-the-art school for Burlais Primary, formed last year following a merger between Manselton and Cwmbwrla Primary Schools. The primary school is split across two ageing buildings, and the application included plans for a new traditionally constructed build at Cwmbwrla Park. Cabinet members also gave the go-ahead for new school buildings for Gowerton Primary School at the Elba site. The school, formerly Tregwyr Infants and Tregwyr Junior Schools, is currently split across three sites.


They also gave the nod for a new school, and demolition of old buildings, at YGG Lon Las, and approved an application for extensions at Glyncollen and Newton Primary Schools, to replace ageing, failing and expensive to maintain demountable buildings no longer fit for purpose. The projects are expected to total £21 million. The Welsh Government has already approved some funding.


Councillor Will Evans, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills, said: "These schemes are good news for Swansea communities. They will help us deliver real benefits for teachers and pupils, boost jobs in the construction industry and foster growth in the local and wider economy. It's all part of Swansea Council's on-going Quality in Education (QEd) 2020 programme which continues to drive up standards and improve educational environments across the area.”