Lack of consultation shocks county representatives

Plaid Cymru have blasted Carmarthenshire Council for treating county residents as an after though in the proposals for education in the county. Outlined in a copy of the council’s Modernising Education Plan for 2010-11 are proposals to move ahead with the closures of Llanwrda, Llansadwrn, Nantygroes and Llangain schools as well as the federalisation of Ysgol Capel Cynfab and Cilycwm. Whilst consultation with head teachers and governors has taken place, parents and local residents have again been forgotten. Plaid’s Council group leader in Carmarthenshire, Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths, Local AMs Rhodri Glyn Thomas and Nerys Evans, as well as Jonathan Edwards MP have reacted angrily and have vowed to arranged public meetings to give local people the opportunity to have their say.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths said:

“I am astonished that yet again we are seeing sweeping changes to education provisions in the county with little or no regard for how parents, residents and communities may feel. It is as if this Labour-Independent council either can not, or maybe will not, learn from their mistakes.”

Plaid Cymru’s Education Spokesperson, and a former pupil of Llangain school, Nerys Evans AM added:

“We will be aiming to host a series of public meeting that will give us the chance to hear what people think about the proposals. It is a real shame that, not for the first time, it has been left to the opposition councillors and us as AMs and an MP to do the work of the council.

To think that drastic changes to education in Carmarthenshire can be made whilst totally ignoring the views of county residents is at best naive and at worst plain ignorant.”

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM said:

“It is simply a matter of common sense to seek the views of those that will have to deal with the impact of these changes before pushing ahead with them.

No one in the county expects education services to stand still. There will always be some form of change and possibly that will not always be popular, but by refusing to be open and discuss proposals with parents the council once again risk alienating the very people they are supposed to represent.”

Jonathan Edwards MP added:

“It is little wonder that people believe there is no point in taking their concerns to the council when decisions of this importance are made without any consultation. We would be delighted if Members of the Executive Board and any relevant officials were to come along to the meetings we will be holding so that they can explain the proposals to parents directly rather than leaving them in the dark.”

One Response to “Lack of consultation shocks county representatives” [latest first]

  1. I highlighted this report on the 27th July; http://carmarthenplanning.blogspot.com/2010/07/primary-school-closures.html
    it’s a pity no one has picked up on it until now particularly as it went before the Executive Board yesterday.
    I am pleased however that you are now going to take action.

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