Arrangements are being made to allow Welshpool sports clubs and community to have access to a new school's sports facilities.

Powys County Council said it will draw up a formal written agreement that will allow access to Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng's new pitches and multi-use games area out of school hours.

It has also been announced that a skateboard area near the school, located on the grass area next to the town council's car park, will be installed.

Welshpool Town Council and Powys County Council recently held discussions to resolve issues with the development of the new 150-place Welsh medium school in Howell Drive.

Welshpool's Mayor said the town council were "delighted that difficulties have been ironed out" and that the working relationship with the school is "much closer".

A Planning Committee agreed last night (Wednesday, July 28) to divert a public right of way following a site visit between county council officers and town council representatives.

As part of the development, a security fence around the school's green area will be installed for extra security for pupils and staff that will attend the new school building.

County Times: Maesydre skate park at the former Welshpool youth club, Welshpool (Mike Sheridan/County Times)Maesydre skate park at the former Welshpool youth club, Welshpool (Mike Sheridan/County Times)

Welshpool Mayor Cllr Alison Davies said: "The Town Council has always been committed to supporting the best possible educational facilities for our young people and are delighted that difficulties have been ironed out.

The Mayor added: "Working in positive partnership with Powys County Council we know that we achieve more and we appreciate the initiative that county council officers have demonstrated in seeking to resolve issues and benefit our community.

"We are particularly pleased that this has resulted in a much closer and positive ongoing working relationship with both Ysgol Gymraeg y Trallwng and the town council. Together we are greater than the sum of our parts."

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Property, said: "This is an exciting project and, when complete, will provide the learners and staff of Ysgol Gymraeg y Trallwng with 21st Century facilities while preserving and modernising Grade II listed building for the community of Welshpool to use.

"The new building for Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng will not only provide an environment where our learners and teachers thrive but now the wider community of Welshpool will also benefit by accessing the school's new facilities."

The new school is estimated to cost more than £9million, and will is being jointly funded by the Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools Programme and Powys County Council.