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Public speak out on Bodlondeb care home closure

A PUBLIC MEETING was held yesterday (Jul 17) in Llwyn yr Eos Primary School in Penparcau as a part of the consultation process on the proposal to close the Bodlondeb Residential Care Home.

Chaired by Elin Jones AM, the meeting began with a welcome and introductions to over 250 people who attended by Ceredigion County Council’s Leader, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn. A presentation on the background of Bodlondeb followed by the Council’s Strategic Director for Care, Protection and Lifestyle, Sue Darnbrook.

Following the presentation, a question and answer session gave an opportunity for attendees to directly pose questions to Elected Members and senior staff.

Ceredigion County Council Leader, Councillor Ellen ap Gwyn said: “The public meeting has been an opportunity for people to have their say on proposals to close Bodlondeb, and – I hope – for people to understand the background of the challenges that the Council faces when planning care services in our county.

“I have also made public the Council’s wish to work with an extra care housing provider to plan for such a facility in Aberystwyth together with the need to look at commissioning a new build nursing provision, both general and dementia nursing, from either the third sector or privately, as the Council does not have the legal right to provide nursing beds itself.”

Members of the public passionately shared views and experiences of Bodlondeb and challenged the panel on proposals and information provided in the meeting. Councillor Catherine Hughes, the Cabinet member for Social Services, formally closed the meeting.

Background documents are available for people to read while responding to the consultation. These, and the consultation document, are available online and also in the Penparcau Community Forum Office, Aberystwyth Library and the Council Office in Aberystwyth, Canolfan Rheidol.

Responses can be sent either through the online form or through posting the response to Bodlondeb Consultation, Ceredigion County Council, Penmorfa, Aberaeron, Ceredigion, SA46 0PA

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