Protest march planned ahead of Bodlondeb public meeting

By Caleb Spencer in Politics

A GROUP of protesters will march through Penparcau on Monday evening ahead of a crucial public meeting to discuss the future of Bodlondeb Care Home.

The march, which has been organised by a cross-party group, including members of the GMB Union, UNISON, Ceredigion Labour Party, Ceredigion Liberal Democrats and Ceredigion People’s Assembly, will start at Penparcau Butchers at 6pm on Monday.

The group is pleading with people who oppose the closure of the care home to join the march, which will end at Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos where the meeting will commence at 7pm.

Ceredigion County Council is currently holding a consultation into the closure of the home, and the meeting, which will be chaired by Elin Jones AM, looks set to be heated.

Dinah Mulholland, the Labour candidate in May’s General Election, said: “I am delighted to see that the Save Bodlondeb Campaign is receiving support from across community and political boundaries.

“It is clear that the majority of us see that the proposed closure of Bodlondeb is the wrong response to the issue of how we care for our older residents in Ceredigion.

“Instead of looking at cutting provision the council should be consulting on how to extend social and residential care so as to look after our older people properly and give them security and dignity in their later years.

“The proposed closure should be halted and there should be a full, strategic review of care services in the county and how they can be improved, looking at all the dimensions of the problem, rather than a policy of closing provision for short term financial reasons.

“We will be campaigning vigorously with the families affected, colleagues in all political parties, the trade unions, and community groups.”

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