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School Closures

Motion or resolution considered by Powys County Council

This motion was heard on 22/07/2022. It was proposed by Iain McIntosh and seconded by Karl Lewis .

Motion as voted upon

The current Welsh school closure programme started when the previous Labour and Liberal Democrat Welsh Government administration was in power, with Kirsty Williams MS as Education Minister. Since then, local authorities throughout Wales have taken decisions to close primary schools. The following three schools now face closure in Powys:

Cradoc CP School
Llanfihangel Rhydithon CP School
Llanbedr Church in Wales School

During the closure process, the proposals to close the above three schools went through the Learning and Skills Scrutiny committee, chaired by the Liberal Democrat Councillor Cllr Pete Roberts.

On 8th December the Learning and Skills scrutiny group met to consider the closure of Cradoc CP School; 2021-12-08 Scrutiny Recs to Cabinet - Cradoc and Mount Street v2.pdf (moderngov.co.uk). The chairman made no objections to the proposal and submitted observations with four additional recommendations.

On 22nd September the Learning and Skills scrutiny group met to consider the closure of Llanfihangel Rhydithon CP School; 2021-09-22 Scrutiny Recs to Cabinet - Llanfihangel Rhydithon.pdf (moderngov.co.uk). The chairman made no objections to the proposal and submitted observations to include the comment “The committee was satisfied that the majority of the arguments set out in the document were justified on all grounds.”

On 4th November the Learning and Skills scrutiny group met to consider the closure of Llanbedr Church in Wales School; 2021-11-04 Scrutiny Recs to Cabinet - Llanbedr.pdf (moderngov.co.uk). The chairman made no objections to the proposal and submitted observations to include the comment “There were no recommendations from scrutiny to the cabinet.”.

Despite the Learning and Skills Scrutiny committee chair’s apparent satisfaction with the three primary school closure proposals, Welsh Liberal Democrat candidates now forming the new Powys County Council administration campaigned, and committed, to reverse the closure of primary schools in Powys during the recent County Council election campaign:

On 29th January 2022, 13th February 2022 and 14th May 2022, several Liberal Democrat Council candidates, Councillors, and current Cabinet members joined Powys residents on protest walks and campaign days to fight against the closure of the three schools above. On 23rd January 2022 several Labour candidates, councillors and a current Cabinet member joined Powys residents on a protest walk to fight against the closure of Cradoc CP School, Mount Street Infants School, and Mount Street Primary School. During this year’s County Council election campaign period, Liberal Democrat and Labour candidates informed Powys residents, through campaign literature, social media, and doorstep conversations that if elected, and in control of this authority, they would stop the closure of the three schools above. Since taking control of this authority in May, the new administration has failed to carry out their commitment to Powys residents. Instead, the Leader has announced that Llanfihangel Rhydithon and Llanbedr school closures will be delayed for one calendar year, offering false hope to parents, teachers, and children, as council officers have confirmed that both schools will still close.

The Leader and new Cabinet members have now revealed plans to proceed with the proposal to close Cradoc CP School, going against commitments made to all residents, teachers, parents and children in Powys.

This council therefore calls upon the new Powys County Council administration to:

Keep Cradoc CP School open.
Not propose the closure of Cradoc CP School again during the next five-year term.

For - 14
(23.7%)
Against - 41
(69.5%)
Abstained - 4
(6.8%)

Result: Not Passed
Vote Requirement: Simple Majority

  Voting Record

Below is the individual voting record for all councillors on this motion/resolution.

Name Party Vote
Baynham, Beverley
Presteigne
 Independent Group Against
Bebb, Danny
Churchstoke
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Beecham, Matt
Crickhowell with Cwmdu and Tretower
 Resigned Against
Beecham, Sarah-Jane
Crickhowell with Cwmdu and Tretower
 Resigned Against
Berriman, Jake
Llandrindod North
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Breeze, Ben
Kerry
 Welsh Conservatives Group Against
Breeze, Graham
Welshpool Llanerchyddol
 Independent Group Against
Brighouse, Little
Disserth and Trecoed with Newbridge
 Non-Affiliated Against
Cartwright, Anita
Talybont-on-Usk
 Resigned Against
Charlton, Jackie
Llangattock and Llangynidr
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Church, Richard
Welshpool Castle
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Colbert, Tom
Bronllys and Felin-fach
 Non-Affiliated Against
Cox, Sian
Llangors with Bwlch
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Davies, Aled
Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant and Llansilin
 Welsh Conservatives Group Against
Davies, Angela
Rhayader
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Davies, Bryan
Llanafanfawr with Garth
 Independents for Powys Group For
Davies, Bryn
Banwy, Llanfihangel and Llanwddyn
 Plaid Cymru Group Did not vote
Davies, Sandra
Cwm-twrch
 Welsh Labour Group Against
Dorrance, Matthew
Brecon West
 Welsh Labour Group Against
Edwards, Deb
Llangunllo with Norton
 Non-Affiliated For
Ewing, Josie
Llandrindod South
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
George, Les
Caersws
 Welsh Conservatives Group For
Gibson-Watt, James
Glasbury
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Harrison, Ian
Guilsfield
 Welsh Conservatives Group Against
Healy, Kelly
Newtown Central and South
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Hulme, Heulwen
Rhiwcynon
 Independent Group Did not vote
James, Peter
Llanwrtyd Wells
 Independent Group For
Jenner, Amanda
Trelystan and Trewern
 Welsh Conservatives Group Did not vote
Johnson-Wood, Claire
Llanyre with Nantmel
 Independents for Powys Group For
Jones, Adrian
Berriew and Castle Caereinion
 Welsh Conservatives Group For
Jones, Arwel
Llandysilio
 Independent Group Abstained
Jones, Ed
Old Radnor
 Independents for Powys Group For
Jones, Gareth D
Llanfair Caereinion and Llanerfyl
 Independent Group Against
Jones, Gareth E
Llanelwedd
 Independents for Powys Group For
Jones, Joy
Newtown East
 Non-Affiliated Abstained
Kennerley, Adam
Newtown North
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Kenyon-Wade, Corinna
Knighton with Beguildy
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Lewington, Pete
Newtown West
 Welsh Conservatives Group Did not vote
Lewis, Karl
Llandinam with Dolfor
 Welsh Conservatives Group For
Lewis, Peter
Llanfyllin
 Welsh Conservatives Group Did not vote
Lloyd, William
Gwernyfed
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
McIntosh, Iain
Yscir with Honddu Isaf and Llanddew
 Welsh Conservatives Group For
McNicholas, Susan
Ynyscedwyn
 Welsh Labour Group Against
Meredith, David
Brecon West
 Welsh Labour Group Against
Mitchell, Gary
Llanbrynmair
 Plaid Cymru Group Did not vote
Morgan, Gareth
Llanidloes
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Morgan, Geoff
Ithon Valley
 Non-Affiliated For
Powell, William
Talgarth
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Did not vote
Preston, Glyn
Llanidloes
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Pugh, Gareth
Dolforwyn
 Welsh Conservatives Group Against
Pugh, Jeremy
Builth
 Independents for Powys Group For
Ratcliffe, Gareth
Hay
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Abstained
Rijnenberg, Liz
Brecon East
 Welsh Labour Group Against
Roberts, Lucy
Llandrinio
 Welsh Conservatives Group Against
Roberts, Pete
Llandrindod South
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Robinson, Carol
Welshpool Gungrog
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Roderick, Edwin
Maescar and Llywel
 Independent Group Against
Selby, David
Newtown Central and South
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Thomas, David
Tawe Uchaf
 Welsh Labour Group Against
Thomas, Gwynfor
Llansantffraid
 Welsh Conservatives Group Against

  Against
Vaughan, Elwyn
Glantwymyn
 Plaid Cymru Group Abstained
Walsh, Chris
Brecon East
 Welsh Labour Group Against
Wilkinson, Jonathan
Llangyniew and Meifod
 Welsh Conservatives Group For
Williams, Ange
Knighton with Beguildy
 Independents for Powys Group For
Williams, Huw
Aber-craf and Ystradgynlais
 Welsh Labour Group Did not vote
Williams, Michael
Machynlleth
 Independent Group Against
Williams, Sarah
Aber-craf and Ystradgynlais
 Welsh Labour Group Did not vote

Source: Voting Record