North West Wales

Grass-roofed Gwynedd school springs leaks

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Media caption£5.5m Ysgol Craig y Deryn in Llanegryn near Tywyn in Gwynedd only opened two years ago

A £5.5m eco-friendly school in Gwynedd needs emergency repairs - after its grass roof started springing leaks.

Staff at Ysgol Craig y Deryn at Llanegryn near Tywyn have to put buckets out in classrooms when it starts to rain to catch the water.

The building, which has only been opened for two years, has been praised for its green architecture - winning a Royal Town Planning Institution award.

Gwynedd council said repair work would be completed "as soon as possible".

Parents have praised the teachers and the modern facilities at the school, which lies in the Snowdonia National Park, but said they were very concerned by the problems with the leaking roof.

Gwynedd council said in statement that "problems have been identified in two places on the roof and that the main contractors have been asked to do the repairs that are required".

The council said the issues at the school posed no risk to the health or safety of the children and staff.

"There will be no cost to the council for these repairs," they added.