Council forks out £200k for Penarth schools asbestos removal

20th November 2014

Vale of Glamorgan Council in Wales has agreed to spend £200,000 to have asbestos removed from three former Penarth schools before they are demolished.

St Cyres School, Ysgol Ere’r Delyn and Ashgrove School are all set to be knocked down, with completion expected on October 6 2015. It will mark the second phase of a £48 million Penarth Learning Community project.

The first phase included the creation of two brand new school sites in the area. The construction was completed on October 6 2014, after two full years of work, reports. Now that pupils have successfully moved into the new St Cyres School and Ysgol y Deri special school, work on phase two can begin.

The additional £200,000 costs were added to the project after construction firm Leadbitter highlighted the need for the asbestos to be removed before the demolition could take place. A report presented to cabinet ministers stated that the extra funding would come from a contribution in 2014/2015 from the Policy revenue budget.

According to, it added: “Penarth Learning Community will also be available for use by the community, with the provision of modern sports facilities including a 3G pitch, as well as hydrotherapy pools, physiotherapy suites, and other specialist areas.”