LEADING politicians say they are open to all options for the future of a school building after it closes this summer.

Wrexham Council’s ruling executive board voted in favour of shutting Ysgol Pontfadog in the Ceiriog Valley at a fiery meeting last August because of dwindling pupil numbers.

Meanwhile, a last ditch legal bid by the community to keep it open was also rejected at a court hearing in Cardiff in February.

Following that decision, representatives from Glyntraian Community Council revealed the local authority was considering the possibility of giving the structure and surrounding land to those who tried to save it.

Members of the county borough council’s independent and Conservative coalition have now said they are open to all suggestions, including the use of the site for affordable housing or as a village store.

Cllr Phil Wynn, lead member for education, said: “We are sensitive to the comments the community made during the consultation and statutory notice period.

“What we said was that rather than impose a use on that land, we do want to work with the local community.

“There’s nothing definitive, but we’re engaging with them to find our what their thoughts are because ultimately they know the community better than we do.

“That use could vary from social housing to some sort of commercial units.”

In total, more than 1,300 objections were submitted against the move to send pupils to the dual-language Ysgol Cynddelw two miles away.

But board members voted in favour of consolidating the number of primary schools in the area from three down to two in a bid to save almost £100,000.

The community council will hold its first consultation event to discuss future options for the building at Ysgol Pontfadog on Thursday, April 11, at 7.30pm.

In a statement posted on Facebook community councillors said: “Glyntraian Community Council is committed to undertaking a robust and wide-ranging public consultation to gather ideas from as many people in the local community as possible interested in the future use and/or development of the school site.

“All ideas for a community-led initiative to ensure the site is for the wider benefit of the community will underpin the consultation process.”

Anyone who wishes to receive further information about the consultation is asked to contact the community council by e-mailing clerk@glyntraian.org.uk