'New Towy Valley superschool must have a swimming pool'
2:47pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in Ammanford news
A LLANDYBIE community councillor believes "it just does not make sense" for the so-called planned new 'superschool' at Ffairfach – Ysgol Bro Dinefwr – not to have a swimming pool.
Chairman Peter Roberts – himself a former headteacher – said he feared that "a golden opportunity" to have such a facility in the lower Towy Valley was going to be squandered.
"It does surprise me because the argument was always to create a 21st century school which would also become a community and leisure facility," he told colleagues. "The fact you have a pool in Llandovery where Ysgol Pantycelyn is being closed just doesn't make sense it me.
"Are the powers-that-be going to bus kids up to Ffairfach and then bus them back to Llandovery for a swim?"
Cllr Roberts added that he had assured delegates at a recent meeting of One Voice Wales that Llandybie were backing a swimming pool campaign initiated by their counterparts on Dyffryn Cennen council.
"My suggestion was that schoolchildren could be sent home with circulars on the benefits of having a pool at Ffairfach," he said. "I'm sure that a lot of feeder schools including those in Penygroes and Llandybie would support such a campaign.
"I know there are priorities but this is our one chance to get a swimming pool in there – we'll have no chance of getting this done once that school is built, it's never going to happen.
"The fact is that without pressure groups nothing will be done."
Cllr Pat Tiddy commented: "That new school will be just a couple of hundred yards from the River Towy – not having a pool in that new school just seems crazy to me."
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