A PROPOSED new sixth form hub will be a “shining beacon” for a town if plans are approved for its construction.
Connah’s Quay town councillors have thrown their backing behind plans for a 16-plus learning centre in the town during a meeting of the council’s planning committee.
The further education hub could be set up at Connah’s Quay High School on Golftyn Lane as part of Flintshire Council’s 21st Century Schools programme.
Speaking at the town council meeting on Wednesday evening, Cllr Paul Shotton said: “Having been along to Coleg Cambria to see the plans, it is very welcome and pleasing to have this site for our students.”
Cllr Stephen Tattum said: “I second what Cllr Shotton has said, this will be absolutely fantastic for Connah’s Quay to have this centre.
“It will be a shining beacon for the town.”
The 21st Century Schools programme has proposed to change provisions at four schools including Connah’s Quay, John Summers High School in Queensferry, Holywell High School and Elfed High School in Buckley.
The proposed changes would see the sixth forms at all four schools closed with a new central sixth form hub created on Golftyn Lane.
Elfed High has already seen its sixth form close after a controversial proposal to alter the age range at the school was approved by Welsh Government education bosses.
Ron Hill, chairman of governors at Connah’s Quay High and a town councillor, said the plans had the backing of the school.
“Connah’s Quay High is 110 per cent behind this,” he said. “What we want in Deeside is something that is recognised countrywide.”
Town council chairman, Andy Dunbobbin, said: “Traffic will be eased off around Golftyn Lane and it will hopefully be made a lot safer.”
The town council’s recommendation of approval will now go ahead to Flintshire Council’s planning committee who will make a final decision in due course.