Rumney Cardiff £22m High School Plans

Thursday, 23rd February 2012
As part of its £150m Cardiff schools programme, Cardiff Council is holding a series of public meetings, displays and drop-in sessions to explain its revised plans for a new high school in the east of the city.   The new plan is to accommodate pupils from Rumney and Llanrumney High schools in a new building on the Rumney site after previous plans - to build a £22m new school on a local recreation ground - were dropped after protests.   The new Eastern High secondary school at Rumney was opposed by campaigners, who organised an 8,000-name petition. They were against a new 1,500-pupil school for 11 to 16-year-olds being built on Rumney Recreation Ground before the council said it would look at other options.   The council said it had revised plans after the Welsh government announced earlier this year investment in its schools building programme was being reduced. Under the proposals, the phased construction of a new 11-16 Eastern High School will go ahead on the Rumney site. The existing high school premises will house the new school from September 2014 while the work is carried out.   The consultation document says the site is now considered affordable due to a reduction in the site now needed, the phasing of the construction and a 50% contribution from the Welsh government.   The first public meeting on the proposals will be held at Llanrumney High School on 28 February. A second public meeting is to be held at Rumney High School the next day.