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Morriston fire training centre set to be taken over by school

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

By Richard Youle / richard.youle@swwmedia.co.uk / @YoulePost

A former fire training centre on Sway Road, Morriston, has been taken over by Keystone Educational Trust.

A former fire training centre on Sway Road, Morriston, has been taken over by Keystone Educational Trust.

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AN empty fire service training centre in Morriston is set to be taken over by a school.

Swansea Council planning officers have given the green light to Keystone Educational Trust to move into the former training building on Sway Road.

And the decision seems to have gone down well locally.

Morriston resident Mike Cotton said: "I think it is a brilliant idea, and I am sure people in the area will be delighted to see it."

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Morriston councillor Robert Francis-Davies wished the trust good luck with its new venture.

"The last thing we want to see is empty buildings," he said.

Keystone Educational Trust currently has two city sites — the former Birchgrove Infants School on Heol Dulais, and temporary buildings in Queensway, Fforestfach — and has been looking for a single site for years.

The trust's independent school has some 54 primary and secondary school age pupils, plus 18 full and part-time teachers.

It said in its change of use application to the council that Mid and West Wales Fire Service's three-storey building and car park on Sway Road would tick the right boxes.

Keystone Educational Trust's aim is "to provide children with a quality education based on Christian principles, which through attention to individual needs will prepare them for adult life".

Its design and access statement, submitted as part of the application, said of the training centre: "Attempts to find a commercial or retail occupier of this site have been unsuccessful due to the specific nature, style and internal layout of the building, which appears unattractive to commercial and retail businesses.

"The property offers an excellent opportunity for the client to combine its existing operations onto one site due to its appropriate size and the location."

Sporting facilities are not required as pupils are taken by bus each week to playing fields elsewhere in Swansea.

Esytn inspectors judged the independent school as "good" following a visit in October 2011. Prospects for improvement were deemed "adequate".

Fire training, meanwhile, is undertaken nowadays at Earlswood training centre, Jersey Marine.

The Evening Post asked Keystone Educational Trust to comment on the planning decision but had not at the time of going to press.

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