Auction of Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi site in Llandysul delayed

Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi

Ceredigion council has delayed the sale of a former high school following a request from a community group.

The council had planned to auction the site of the former Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi in Llandysul, which closed last term, for development.

But Plant y Dyffryn asked for more time to put together a bid to buy the site and retain it for community use.

The council's cabinet voted on Tuesday to withdraw the site from the auction scheduled for 30 September.

It will instead be put on the open market with a deadline of 20 January next year.

The council said it will make a decision then on best value based on "financial and community benefit", and if there are no acceptable offers then the site will go back up for auction.

The site has a price tag of between £250,000 and £300,000, with proceeds earmarked for the new-build Ysgol Bro Teifi school which opened this month providing education for three to 19-year-olds.

Image caption The new school opened this month

Speaking before Tuesday's meeting, Leah Williams, one of the founders of Plant y Dyffryn, said any developer could "come in and squeeze the community".

She said: "Llandysul is so small and so Welsh it would just tip the balance.

"There are eight acres of land on a large site with plenty of potential," she said.

Plant y Dyffryn is looking at the example of the Cardigan community venture 4CG in order to raise funds to purchase the site, and then run it.

It took over the Pwllhai site in the centre of Cardigan in 2010, and turned it into a car park to generate income from parking fees with buildings and workshops leased out to small businesses.

A public meeting was held on Sunday when Llandysul residents voted to call on Ceredigion council to delay the process of selling the school site.

In response, cabinet member Gareth Lloyd said that if the cabinet delayed the process of selling, then they would consider offering help to the community with their application.

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