Wales; Abersoch school gets glimmer of hope it may survive

A seven-pupil school facing closure has been given hope it may yet survive.

Despite worries about the impact on the Welsh language, Ysgol Abersoch is due to shut in December.

But concerns about the closure have been raised by some Gwynedd councillors, who referred to proposed new housing and employment opportunities in the village.

Some members were also concerned aspects of a council report were “inaccurate and misleading”.

That related the impact on the community, as well as the Welsh language.

Referring to the future construction of a hotel creating 40 jobs, and land earmarked for up to 15 new affordable homes, they said this had not been given proper consideration.

They questioned the decision to close the school in December in the middle of the academic year.

Officers tried to allay their worries.

They stressed the education department had followed to Welsh government rules and closure in December would give enough time to further bridge both communities.

Education member Cemlyn Williams said the process had been “fair”.