A list of six possible sites for a new secondary school in east Cardiff has been revealed.
The new Eastern High School will replace Llanrumney and Rumney high schools by September 2016.
The sites being considered by Labour-run Cardiff Council are:
- The greenfield site of Trowbridge Mawr, bounded by Trowbridge Road, Greenway Road and Wentloog Road;
- The greenfield site between Trowbridge Road and Hendre Road;
- The Cardiff and Vale College campus;
- Land between Crickhowell Road and Willowbrook Drive in St Mellons;
- Rumney High School site;
- Llanrumney High School site.
The council also confirmed it had ruled out building on Greenway Park, Riverside Playing Fields or St Mellons Recreation Ground.
The university playing fields south of Llanrumney High School, on Mendip Road, are being considered for development as a shared sports facility.
It is the latest development in the long-running saga of where to build the state-of-the-art school, which would have around 1,500 pupils.
Controversial proposals to locate it on Rumney Rec by the previous Liberal Democrat/Plaid Cymru administration were scrapped in 2011 following local opposition.
Last year the new Labour administration agreed to start work on establishing an Education Improvement Partnership (EIP) covering the two schools.
In December, plans were approved to move all the pupils at Llanrumney High to the Rumney High site from September 2013.
The schools will remain as two distinct schools for the first 12 months.
From September 2014, both will be closed and replaced with a new school – with a new name and possibly uniform – on the Rumney High site.
It is hoped the brand new school, which will include post-16 provision, will open on its permanent home in September 2016.
The community will have the chance to have a say on the possible sites at a series of drop-in information sessions being held and via the council website.
Councillor Julia Magill, cabinet member for education, said: “We have identified some site options for the new high school in the east of the city and this is an opportunity for people in the area to see the possibilities for the location and ask questions.
“Driving up standards in education across the city is a priority for us and delivering a new high school in a suitable location contributes to that aspiration.
“We are endeavouring to provide children and young people with the best possible learning opportunities and a state-of-the-art new high school will transform those opportunities for local children as we seek to address performance levels, attendance and outcomes for young people.”
The drop-in sessions take place on Monday, February 25, at St Mellons Hub (1pm to 5pm), Tuesday, February 26, at Eastern Leisure Centre (1pm to 5pm), Wednesday, February 27, at Rumney Library (9am to 1pm) and Thursday, February 28, at Llanrumney Hub (9am to 1pm).
The criteria that will be applied to evaluating the sites and which will inform the cabinet’s decision will be available on the council’s website.