Councillor Arfon Jones, Gwersyllt West, today welcomes the start of building of the Welsh school in Delamere Avenue, Gwersyllt, Cllr Jones said,
“It was great to watch the contractors moving on site and starting the work, this has been 3 years in coming and at times it has been in the face of fierce opposition but in the end common sense prevailed and the decision was made to build to meet the enormous demand for Welsh medium education in the Gwersyllt area.”
There will be an official turf cutting ceremony at the site on Tuesday 14th August at 3pm, but it seems the Council have kept this quiet and only a select few have been invited to the official ceremony, amongst them is the Leader of the Council, Neil Rogers, and three of the four Labour local members all of whom opposed the school. Councillor Arfon Jones was the only local member NOT to be invited said,
“I am saddened that the new administration in Wrecsam are using the opening of a new school to score political points by inviting those that opposed the school to the official turf cutting but excluding those that campaigned for it. We shouldn’t use children’s education as a political football; it’s too important of that. There are others who worked hard for this school who have also been excluded including members of Gwersyllt Community Council and staff, parents and governors of Ysgol Plas Coch.”
Councillor Jones went on to say,
“I am surprised that senior Council officers allow themselves to be used in this political partisan way they are supposed to be impartial, this is hardly impartial behaviour.”
Llyr Huws Gruffydd the Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for North Wales said,
“It’s good to see the work on the new school start at last. It is a testament to the hard work of so many people in securing the school for Wrexham. However it is strange, to say the least, that the Council has been so selective in those taking part in the official ceremony. You would think that those individuals that were so instrumental in securing the school would have been invited. It looks as if this is a political points scoring exercise at the expense of recognising the efforts of those that have worked so hard in securing that this school becomes a reality"