PARENTS have accused their council of "ethnic cleansing" by planning to shut a local primary school in favour of a Welsh-medium school.
Swansea City and County Council's cabinet will be asked this Thursday to shut the 250-pupil Mayals Primary School in one of the city's wealthiest areas.
The plan is that from next September the pupils will have to go to neighbouring Grange or Whitestone primary schools instead. The Mayals Primary School building will then be used as a Welsh-medium school to cater for demand for education in Welsh.
But parents say they have not been consulted about the idea and will be holding a public meeting tonight.
Insurance broker Huw Morgan, spokesman for the hastily-formed Mayals School Parents Group, says it will fight the case at the European Court of Human Rights if necessary.
Mr Morgan, who has a child at the school, said, "This amounts to ethnic cleansing - moving one group of children out of a successful and happy school to move another group in. As parents we support the Welsh language and encourage it but not when it wrecks a local community.
"There are plenty of sites in Swansea ripe for development, so why does the council want to close down a well-run school? It does not make sense.
"But what is apparent is that our children are being discriminated against because they are being taught in English.
"This came as a bombshell to us and the consultation about it has been zero apart from a few rumours last week that the school might be closing down.
"We are not going to take it lying down and if it means taking the issue to an international court of justice, then we will."
Local councillor Renee Kinzett said a new school was needed in the area to cater for rising demand for Welsh-medium primary schools in the Swansea West area.
And he said the proposal would mean woodland at West Cross, previously earmarked for the Welsh-medium school development, would not now need to be destroyed.
A report by cabinet education member Nick Tregoning recommends a period of consultation with the public.
The report will also urge councillors on Thursday to seek funding from the National Assembly for expanding Whitestone and Grange primaries to take the Mayals pupils.
And it suggests applying for Assembly money to enhance the Mayals site to accommodate the new Welsh-medium pupils.
To cater for demand for education in Welsh, a new school, Ysgol Gyfun Llwynderw, was established on a temporary site in Bishop Gore Comprehensive School's grounds. But the temporary arrangement runs out next year.
It would appear the authority plans to make the existing headmistress and deputy head teacher of Mayals Primary School redundant under the scheme as their wages are detailed as "revenue savings" in the report to the cabinet.
Councillors will be told English-medium primary school numbers have been declining for several years. As a result, surplus capacity has been created in most primary schools in the city.