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Common land application for school site is turned down

A WELSH Government inspector has turned down an application to register Gorseinon's Parc y Werin as common land.

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The decision means that the contractor building a new £6.9m much needed primary school on a small part of the site can continue with the work and the school remains on track to open next September.

The common land applicants claimed that in the early 1800s the park was part of an expanse of land known as Loughor Common which was recognised as common land. Swansea Council, as landowner, disputed it was common land.

The Planning Inspectorate's decision to dismiss the application follows two failed attempts to have the land designated as a village green.

Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member of Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "This is good news for the children of Gorseinon and I am pleased that this ruling means the new home for Gorseinon Primary School will open to pupils in September.

"I recently visited the site to check out progress on the new build now the steel frames are in place. It is already very clear that when completed the modern facilities will be a vast improvement on the outdated Victorian buildings where pupils are currently taught."

The investment is being jointly funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government.

As well as modern spacious teaching facilities the new school will have a multi-use game area and all-weather pitch which will be available for community use outside of the school hours on the Brynawel Road side of the development.

These will complement the existing football pitch within Parc y Werin and the new children's play area which has proved popular with young families since opening in July.

Jason Dodd, Headteacher at Gorseinon Primary School, said staff, pupils and parents were looking forward to the new site opening in September.

"Having a brand new 21st Century school will benefit hundreds of children and their families and many more in the years to come," he added.

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