A £11.5m super school is already too small just two years after opening.
Ysgol Awel y Mynydd, in Llandudno Junction, was opened in September 2017, with a capacity for 420 pupils.
The school is already running out of space and today Conwy’s planning committee are discussing a planning application to erect two new classrooms to extend the primary school.
The application is to build new nursery and reception classrooms, new toilets and a small staff room. This would give the school enough capacity for another 60 pupils. A new corridor would also need to be built and 15 new parking spaces.
The news hasn’t gone down well with Conwy Town Council who said in a response: “Extreme disappointment in what appears to be a total lack of vision in the initial stages of Ysgol Awel y Mynydd.
“It was felt by all members of Conwy Town Council the planner needs to reflect on their initial decisions, which now seems most unsatisfactory.”
Their concerns was also echoed by Llandudno Junction Councillor Mike Priestley, who said the school is nearly at bursting point because of the many housing developments the area has seen in recent years.
“We could all see this coming, and warnings were made at the time that the school would be oversubscribed but we weren’t listened to,” he said.
“We’ve seen major housing developments built here over the years but we just don’t have the infrastructure to cope with it-we don’t have the schools, doctors and dentists and so on.”
He continued: “It’s totally ridiculous that a brand new school like Ysgol Awel y Mynydd is already full to the rafters. We should have been listened to.”
Conwy’s planning officers have recommended the committee to approve the application-councillors supported the application but urged planners to find a more “aesthetically pleasing” design for the additional classrooms.
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