Welsh Lib Dems speak out against proposed closure of the Avenue Centre in Tenby
Following news that Pembrokeshire County Council has started a consultation over the possible closure of the Tenby Social Activity Centre, known as the Avenue Centre, where adults with learning disabilities can socialise, make friends and participate in a range of activities and group visits, the Welsh Liberal Democrats are campaigning hard to safeguard its future.
William Powell, Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales raised the issue this week with Labour's Minister for Public Services, Leighton Andrews:
"As I understand it, the Council's cabinet have argued that the closure, should it go ahead, would help people who use it to move towards more independence and encourage them to use mainstream facilities. But the support provided by the Avenue Centre is exactly the kind of support needed to help its users live a fulfilling life, whilst being as independent as possible.
"The final decision has not yet been made, but without any clear indication from the Council about what alternative support might be made available in the event of closure, we need a clear commitment from the Welsh Labour Government that they will consider proposed cuts of this kind when revisiting the final local government budget settlement. Vital services such as these must be protected."
Local Lib Dem campaigner and Assembly Candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Alistair Cameron, also commented:
"The users of the Avenue Centre rely on the centre as a place where they can make friends, take part in activities and develop their skills and independence. I am fearful that this will all be lost if the centre is allowed to close.
"I will be meeting the Council on 15th February along with other consultees to discuss this issue and to make sure that this message is heard."