Three weeks I wrote this post asking whether Welsh-medium education was a council priority for certain officers.
It helped spur a great deal of positive movement within the council to put forward plans for a bid for Welsh Government money to provide a new Welsh-medium school in the north of the county (effectively Llay or Gwersyllt).
The basis for such a new school could not be clearer. As well as an independent survey of parents in 2007 demonstrating demand, there are presently 138 children from Gwersyllt and Llay in either Ysgol Plas Coch or Ysgol Bodhyfryd, both in town. That has led to mobile classrooms in Ysgol Plas Coch to meet the demand - the school is now taking an intake of 60 per year as a temporary measure.
Despite this clear evidence, Labour councillors showed a fierce resistance to the facts. The demand for Welsh-medium education was described as "anecdotal" and there were dire warnings of building a 210-strong school that would be "half empty".
This line of attack then extended to talking of Welsh-medium education being "segregationalist" and that communities would be divided unless Welsh-medium education took place within English-medium schools. This would place Wrecsam out of step with mainstream thinking on bilingual education and, in a predominantly English-speaking area, it's understand that creating an Welsh-speaking environment in school is vital.
It's time for Labour to put up some facts to back up their views on this subject.
Unfortunately their opposition extended, in the end, to proposing an amendment that the bid for the Welsh-medium school be excluded from the funding application to the Welsh Government. Thankfully that narrow-minded and frankly spiteful move was voted down 7-2 but it's clear from today that Labour in Wrecsam remains a party opposed to the expansion of Welsh-medium education.