Welshpool Town Councillor Richard Church has called for an end to a dispute over a disused footpath that has put the construction of a new school on hold. Builders cannot start work on Ysgol Gymraeg y Trallwng on the old Maesydre site until an agreement is reached on the footpath to nowhere.
Cllr Richard Church & the old Maesydre Site.
“Pupils, parents and staff at the Welsh Medium Primary School have waited too long already for their new school,” said Richard Church. “We must not allow a dispute over a redundant public footpath to get in the way of ensuring our young people get their education in the up-to-date modern school that they have been promised.
“This problem should have been sorted out months ago. We have a footpath that ends in a dead-end at the bypass, and if the path is re-routed, we will continue to have a footpath that ends in a dead-end at the bypass.
“If Councillor Pritchard goes ahead with his threat to object to re-routing this path, the losers will not be walkers, but the children of our town who have already waited three years for work to start on a new school. I call on Cllr Pritchard to let the school be built and let the pupils, many of whom he represents as a Welshpool town and county councillor, get the school facilities they need. We have plenty of excellent well-used paths in the area which we should care about. This is not one of them, and it’s time to put local children first.
“The dispute over the redundant footpath will also hit taxpayers with added costs to the project as the contractor is kept waiting. It simply isn’t worth delaying the building of this school for any longer.”