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We want proof that the council will build a school; Soapbox.

ROBERT Davies, 63, a member of Pontprennau Residents' Association, says Cardiff Council must act to build the primary school promised on the housing estate six years ago.

RESIDENTS here in Pontprennau are very concerned about the lack of a primary school in the area, especially considering one was promised to us when the development was built way back in the mid-1990s.

We've got close to 2,500 houses here now and there are many young school-age children who are having to travel ridiculous distances to get to school.

We really feel the need to press on this issue and hope if we get some publicity the council might actually do something about our concerns.

When the estate was originally built, a site for the school was earmarked on Almond Close - behind the BUPA Hospital - but it was sold by the council.

It has now promised us a replacement site, but nothing has been reserved as yet, and there is no guarantee when it will be.

At the moment children here travel to schools chosen by the parents, but they can be as far away as Penarth. Children are having to travel up to a mile and a half which is ridiculous at their age.

Also, as there are no direct routes, they are dependant on their parents to ferry them around, but if they work this can be a real problem.

People are actually moving out of the area now because of the fact that there is no school;

a facility like this is something which gels a com-munity together.

We want proof that what the council says will actually happen.

At the moment it is failing in its responsibilities to the people in the Pontprennau community.
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Title Annotation:Leader
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 6, 2001
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