A CONSULTATION has found there is "clear" support for plans to rehome a Cricieth primary school.

Gwynedd Council led the public survey over its plan to relocate Ysgol Treferthyr by 2023 after surveys of the existing site identified that the school is beyond repair.

The proposed scheme would see an investment of £5.3million to build a new site in the west of the town with 65 per cent of the cost funded by the Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools Programme and the remainder by Gwynedd Council.

The plan, which would also increase its capacity to 150 pupils, received significant support from parents and staff and 78 pupils filled a questionnaire during the consultation.

One comment said: "I am very happy with the news of the new school. It will be great for the staff, the children and an asset to the community."

Another said: "It gives us a sense of pride in the town knowing that so many buildings and resources will be coming here in three years' time and that they will in themselves transform the opportunities available for the children of the catchment area and the active team of teachers and assistants we have.

"Thank you for ensuring the work that has been done to secure what appears to be a convenient and pleasant site for everyone."

A report is now due to go to cabinet on January 26 to request the right to issue a statutory notice.

Cllr Cemlyn Rees Williams, cabinet member for education, said: "I would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the recent consultation, and it is clear that there is local enthusiasm for the exciting plans for the new home of Ysgol Treferthyr.

“The current school building has seen better days and it would be uneconomical to continue maintaning the buildings for the future.

"Our aim is to build a new home for the school that will provide Cricieth children with modern facilities that will enable them to reach their full potential."