Protest organised against proposals for two care homes

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Campaigners have organised a protest in response to proposed plans for care homes in Glynneath and Afan Valley, which could result in their closure by 2022 if the plans are carried out.

The protest will occur outside the Port Talbot civic centre on October 13 when the council will announce the results of the public consultation on Trem-y-Glyn and Arwelfa care homes.

Arwelfa care home would be closed in 2017 under the proposals, which plans for more people in Afan Valley to be supported in their own homes.

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Trem-y-Glyn care home would be given maintenance work, allowing it to continue operations for another six years, following a flood risk assessment which led to plans for a new site at Glynneath to be scrapped.

Assembly member Bethan Jenkins, who will be attending the protest urged residents to attend.

She told the South Wales Evening Post: “It’s important that this protest goes ahead, so that councillors can be left in no doubt as to the views of the people who will be affected by this backwards and unnecessary step.

“The council has failed to make the case for closing these two homes – a move that has deeply worried residents and angered their families.

“Councillors need to listen to the public’s view on this. Having as many people at the protest as possible should help sway them.”

A spokeswoman for Neath Port Talbot Council also told the South Wales Evening Post: “Our six week consultation on proposals relating to Trem-y-Glyn in Glynneath and Arwelfa in Croeserw closed on September 16 and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond.

“We are very much aware of the strength of opinion about these proposals both in the Neath and Afan Valleys and have carefully analysed the consultation responses to understand all of the issues and options relevant to any decision about the future of the homes.

“These will be reflected in the report to cabinet this month.”

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