Plans are afoot to potentially merge two schools in the Llandybie area.

Carmarthenshire Council is set to debate a consultation on whether to merge Llandybie School and Blaenau School.

A consultation process with the public for the development proposal will begin in the new year after the Christmas period, when the views of parents, staff, governors and pupils will be sought.

The proposal aims to merge the two schools from September 2021. Both Ysgol Blaenau and Ysgol Llandybie will remain open and will continue to accept new pupils as normal.

Should the proposal be accepted construction of the new school could be earmarked for early 2022 with the school set to open in 2024. At that stage the existing Blaenau and Llandybie schools will close and pupils will transfer to the new school.

Blaenau, Caerbryn and Penygroes Councillor Dai Thomas has welcomed the proposal. He said: “It will be sad to see Ysgol Blaenau closing because it has a long tradition of providing excellent education, but a new state of the art school will be good for all pupils.”

Llandybie Councillor Dai Nicholas also welcomed the proposal.

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MS Adam Price said: “This is another example of Plaid-led Carmarthenshire County Council forging ahead to provide first class education facilities for all our children.”