Playgroup needs £5,000 to upgrade toilets at new site

By Caleb Spencer in Education

A MACHYNLLETH playgroup is looking for £5,000 after it was asked to relocate to Ysgol Bro Hyddgen.

Cylch Meithrin Machynlleth, which was formerly based at Ty Melfed, Craigfryn, agreed to move to the ‘youth wing’ of the school after Powys County Council changed its policy so that all children in the county will not start school until the September after their fourth birthday.

This has meant the county council putting out to tender both English and Welsh-medium preschool education, with Cylch Meithrin moving to Ysgol Bro Hyddgen, and Machynlleth Community Children’s Project allocated Ty Melfed.

Cylch Meithrin was facing a bill of £20,000 to bring toilets at Ysgol Bro Hyddgen up to scratch and to make them suitable for younger children.

Machynlleth town councillors heard last week that Powys County Council has offered Cylch Meithrin £15,000, leaving it still facing a bill for £5,000.

Speaking at a meeting of Machynlleth Town Council last Monday, Cllr Noella Elliott said: “Cylch Meithrin had to move to the youth wing of Ysgol Bro Hyddgen. They have to spend £20,000 to bring the facilities up to health and safety standards. They want to ask the town council to contribute towards the cost.”

The acting town clerk for last Monday’s meeting, Izzy Lumley, told councillors that Powys County Council had offered £15,000 towards the toilets.

Gwenfair Glyn, the registered person at Cylch Meithrin, said: “Both us and MCCP have been successful with our bids. MCCP were our landlord and so we will be operating out of Ysgol Bro Hyddgen.

“However, the building needs adapting, which will cost money."

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