Plaid Leader’s Plea to Council over Ferndale School Closure

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Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has called for a rethink over council plans to shut Ferndale Infants’ School.

Leanne, who lives in the Rhondda, has submitted an appeal to Rhondda Cynon Taf council’s consultation after parents raised objections to close the popular school with pupils transferring to Darren Park Primary.

In her consultation response, Leanne Wood said: "Parents have told me of their concerns about existing traffic and road safety issues outside Darren Park school and class sizes if the closure goes ahead. They fear that their children will be taught in cramped conditions, even with proposals to invest in accommodation. I’m aware that some parents at Darren Park have concerns themselves about capacity issues and also about any loss of play space.

"Ferndale Infants’ is a focal point of the community, a family school and many parents feel that their concerns have not been listened to and the authority appears determined to press ahead with its plans, whatever they say."

Leanne Wood has also asked the council to explain what will happen to the North Road building in the event of closure. "Residents don’t want to face months and years of a building decaying in front of their eyes.

"I would appeal to the council to postpone a decision on closure and order a thorough review of the decision," she wrote.

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