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Pontypridd Day Centre looks set to close

November 9, 2015 9:30 AM

RCT Labour Cabinet meet on Tuesday to discuss a new round of cuts including day nursery closures and cutbacks in the opening hours of libraries.

Also on the agenda is a proposal to close Pontypridd Day Centre. The report going to Cabinet says that the Centre, which is located in Ynysangharad Park, is in a very poor state of repair and is only used by a relatively small number of people.

The proposal is that the Council try and find a community group to provide the services currently provided at the Centre - meals for the over 50s, and a place for community groups to meet.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly candidate and Councillor for Trallwn Mike Powell says

"Two years ago the Labour Council closed most of the Day Centres across RCT, part of their justification for closing Rhydyfelin and Beddau was that Pontypridd was nearby. They are not now considering a new Council run centre but instead looking for a community enterprise to take it over.

"Now I don't necessarily disagree with this approach providing that the facilities are still available for those who make use of them, but surely it should be part of a county wide strategy. The building has been in poor condition for years, so why hasn't something been done about it, especially when a supposed comprehensive review was carried out as part of the first round of cuts in 2013.

"I am sure that with the new plans for the Muni and the YMCA some arrangement can be made with the voluntary sector and maybe it will even encourage new people to go along.

"There are some concerns locally though that with the Day Centre gone from the Park it may revise an idea which was heavily opposed some years ago to put a car park in that area. With the lido now open some bright spark may decide they need a car park closer to it - I hope not."