Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Consultations on secondary education in Rhyl

A series of public consultations on the future provision of education for 11-16 year olds in Rhyl have been cancelled in the face of opposition from protestors.

Denbighshire County Council was due to hold the consultations at the White Rose Centre,
Rhyl, on Tuesday followed by Sainsburys on Wednesday and Morrisons on Thursday but managers at the three sites have reluctantly withdrawn their permission.

A Council spokesperson said "We are sorry we could not go ahead but understand that people have very strong feelings on education in
Rhyl. We are keen to ensure that a wide cross section of residents is consulted.

“Alternative arrangements for the consultations will be drawn up in the near future to ensure that all people do have the opportunity to have their say and shape the way forward in

In the meantime, a questionnaire can be filled out online by visiting the Denbighshire website at www.sirddinbych.gov.uk or www.denbighshire.gov.uk following the links to council Services and the projects homepage. The questionnaire can be found under the projects heading, Rhyl 11-16.

Councillor Morfudd Jones, Deputy Lead Member for Lifelong Learning, said: “Depending on the outcome of the consultation process, there could be an opportunity to attract a significant amount of investment for a new school in Rhyl or to shape the current provision of education for 11 to 16 years olds for years to come.

“I cannot stress enough that no decision has been made at this time.

“We are still at the very earliest stages of the consultation process and these ideas have to be put forward, the questions asked and resolved as to whether this is indeed what the people of Rhyl want.

“The process becomes more detailed as it goes on but at this stage I would urge everyone to take the opportunity to fill out the questionnaires so that we are able to have a clear indication as to the way forward."


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