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Powys schools: Cwmdu, Dolfor and Trefnanney closure bid

Cwmdu Church in Wales School
Image caption Cwmdu Church in Wales School has just 26 pupils, and is one of three threatened with closure in Powys

Plans to shut three small primary schools in Powys have moved a stepped closer.

Powys council's cabinet has agreed to start "formal consultation" with Cwmdu, near Crickhowell, Dolfor, near Newtown, and Trefnanney, near Welshpool.

The authority is reviewing primary schools with fewer than 30 pupils.

Castle Caereinion, Llanfihangel Rhydithon, Nantmel and Pontrobert schools, which were threatened with closure, won a reprieve at the meeting.

The council hopes to save £300,000 by closing the three schools.

Earlier this year Powys council announced that 11 schools with fewer than 30 pupils were facing closure.

Cabinet member for schools, Councillor Stephen Hayes, said: "Closing a small school is always a difficult decision.

"We fully appreciate the impact the move has on the local community but we have to make sure that we provide the most efficient and effective structure for all our young learners."

Speaking before Tuesday's cabinet meeting, acting chair of Cwmdu school's governors, Colin Morris, said: "Once again we find ourselves in a position where small communities are being affected by decisions which may well work in large towns/urban communities but have far wider consequences for those living in the countryside.

"This will have a huge effect on the village as the school is the hub of all activities for both young and old - bingo evenings, charity events, the local show - an event which has accreditation with the Royal Welsh - and of course the local eisteddfod."

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