Powys Lib Dems today have called for the Powys County Council to organise open-air consultation events for all schools planned for closure including Castle Caereinon Church in Wales School and Churchstoke County Primary School.
Montgomeryshire Liberal Democrats Spokesperson Alison Alexander stated: “Today (7th June) the Welsh Government have announced changes that allow the organised outdoor gatherings of up to 4000 people in standing and 10000 seated events to take place. Powys County Council should take advantage of this change to enable a direct face to face consultation in open-air with parents and pupils affected by their closure plans. They should extend Wednesday’s consultation deadline for Churchstoke to accommodate this.”
The views were echoed by Cllr John Morris (Crickhowell) in whose ward the closure threatened Llanbedr School resides. “We have been told constantly that there can’t be a public meeting because the Covid rules don’t allow for one. Today’s changes to the regulations remove that excuse. I’m prepared to get wet in order to give my constituents a proper say and I am sure they are too. I can even lend the portfolio holder an umbrella if it helps.”
Regional Senedd Member and the Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Jane Dodds has also joined the calls stating:
“The Conservatives have put forward these proposals and have hidden behind the smokescreen of COVID restrictions to avoid facing the music. Well as of today vaccines and the hard work of the Welsh public has blown the smoke away. They either now face the communities and justify their plans or leave local residents knowing that they are being taken for granted.”