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School catchment area disappointment - plea for delay fails

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Plaid Cymru representatives attended the Education and Lifelong Scrutiny Committee (Wednesday 03 April 2014) to hear a plea to call in Rhondda Cynon Taf cabinet’s decision to change the catchment area of Y Pant Comprehensive School.
The attempt to refer the cabinet decision back for review failed.
Councillor Pauline Jarman, a member of the committee said: "There are a number of sound reasons why the Cabinet should look at their original decision again. There was insufficient consultation and parents are quite rightly up in arms over the change to the Y Pant’s catchment area."
Llantrisant & Pontyclun Branch Secretary for the Party of Wales Steven John Harry said:
"As an ex-pupil of both Penygawsi and Y Pant comprehensive I understand the reservations parents have. I attended the demonstration and listened to their concerns before I raised the issue with the Welsh Education Minister.
"There are a number of issues including pupil safety, community ties, as well as educational standards that have not been listened to by the council.
"The community ties between Y Pant and Llantrisant are long established as generations have attended the school."
"At a council, Assembly and Westminster level the Party of Wales will continue to support the campaign."

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