Members of Cymdeithas yr Iaith in Dyffryn Teifi have called on Carwyn Jones to intervene directly and ask Ceredigion County to withdraw the site of Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi from sale in the open market, and instead offer practical help in a full consultation with local people as to how to develop this valuable asset to maintain this Welsh-speaking community.
In a message to the First Minister, Cen Llwyd has pointed out that it was his Government which created the Teifi Valley in 2013 as a Growth Zone as part of a strategy to develop the area because of its importance to the Welsh language. The 2011 Census showed that Llandysul was the ward with the highest proportion of Welsh-speakers in Ceredigion.
Cen Llwyd, vice chairman of Cymdeithas who also lives locally and was the last chairman of Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi's board of governors said:
"Dyffryn Teifi was appointed as a growth zone by the Welsh Government in 2013 but since then we have lost a number of services such as banks and the Council offices, and other services are currently under threat. Was the talk of a growth zone to help promote and encourage the Welsh language no more than words, or will there be action? Will the Government seize this opportunity to offer practical support to the Local Authority and make the most of the readiness of local people to protect the former school site as a community asset? The young people of the area are brimming with pioneering ideas. Let your Government and the Local Authority work in partnership with them to realise the potential of this exciting community enterprise"