A Cardiff Assembly Member has said plans for a new school have been drawn up on a shoestring because the east of the city is “not high on the list of priorities” of Cardiff council.
Vaughan Gething, Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth, told a public meeting at Willowbrook Primary School, St Mellons, that plans for a new 1,500-capacity school to be built on Rumney Recreation Ground had been designed because of “political” reasons.
Labour councillor Ralph Cook told the meeting new schools in other parts of the city had received larger budgets.
The planned St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School, which could move to a site in Llanedeyrn, received £50m, compared to £22m for the Rumney Rec school, Councillor Cook said.
After being asked why this was, Mr Gething said: “It is about political reasons because of which parts of the city people in the council represent and where east Cardiff comes on their list of priorities.
“There are times you have got to just call it what it is and this is what’s happening. You cannot objectively explain why one school gets £50m and another gets £25m.”
Cardiff council has submitted a planning application to build Eastern High School in the face of fierce opposition from councillors and the public.
If approved by the council’s planning committee, the three-storey building will replace Llanrumney and Rumney high schools, which will close.
Coun Monica Walsh said the proposed building “looked like a prison” and would create traffic “chaos” for parents dropping children off.
Cardiff council’s rejection of a proposal by the Rreel Action group to grant Rumney Recreation Ground protected status is to be the subject of an upcoming judicial review.
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