THE chairman of Carmarthenshire county council’s education scrutiny committee has slammed “the minefield of misinformation” regarding the authority’s Modernising Education Plan.

Under the scheme, £13million has been earmarked for improvements at Llandeilo’s two primary schools as well as neighbouring Ffairfach Primary School.

But Llandeilo CP chair of governors Edward Thomas has said he is disappointed the three schools were ranked last in the 11-strong list of those needing major reinvestment under the programme.

Mr Thomas also hit out at the £6.8 improvement proposals for Trimsaran School, hinting the school’s cause had been helped by the fact it is in the ward of council leader Meryl Gravell.

Now former deputy head of Ysgol Tre-gib, Councillor Ieuan Jones, who represents Llandeilo in County Hall and chairs the education scrutiny committee, has hit back.

“I am deeply disturbed that Mr Thomas’s comments are wholly misleading and factually inaccurate,”

said Cllr Jones.

“The education scrutiny committee has visited all schools in the county so we know the condition of all the buildings, and we have a number of schools that are in a far, far worse state than those in Llandeilo.

“I was also very disappointed at what was a very ‘cheap shot’ at Meryl Gravell.

“The way schools are selected to be part of the programme is laid down by the National Assembly.

“Had Cllr Thomas ever visited Trimsaran School he would be aware that the school needs major investment – part of it is in an old aircraft hangar.”