Time called on one in five pubs in North Wales COUNTY/PUBS 2001/ PUBS 2018:
GWYNEDD Council has approved an £800,000 investment to fund four new dementia units across the county.
According to cabinet members, who unanimously passed the annual funding package, the need to invest in council-run dementia provision has intensified following the closure of two private homes over the past six months.
In May, Dolgellau’s Llwyn residential home closing its doors followed by the Penisarwaun nursing residential home two months later.
With the increasing need, the report to the cabinet meeting recommended an annual £808,000 should be spent on staffing four new specialist dementia units at Llys Cadfan in Tywyn, Plas Hafan in Nefyn, Plas Hedd in Bangor and Llan Ffestiniog’s Bryn Blodau.
Building work has already been completed on three of the specialist units with Bryn Blodau expected to be completed by the end of June 2019, including adapting parts of the residential units so that they are suitable for those with dementia.
Council leader, Dyfrig Siencyn, described the plan as “pioneering” and paid tribute to the work carried out by both the authority and local health board.
Welcoming the funding package, Cllr Dafydd Meurig said: “This is a lot of money but when we consider the challenges ahead of us and the change in demography, it is something we need to tackle now.
“I appreciate the work that’s gone in and back these proposals 100%”
The specialist dementia units form part of the joint efforts of Gwynedd Council with Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board to ensure older people have access to the specialist care and health services they need within their community. Each unit will be a home for 7 or 8 individuals. Staff recruitment is set to get under way during early 2019.
NORTH Wales has lost 140 pubs in the region since 2001 – with one in five closing.
The Office of National Statistics has revealed the scale of pub closures over the past 17 years – breaking them down for each county.
It shows that across North Wales the number of pubs had gone from 700 in 2001 to 560 now.
Flintshire has lost the most sites with 45 pubs closing, followed by Wrexham with 40.
Denbighshire has lost 20 pubs, Gwynedd 15, Anglesey 15 and Conwy five. Despite this, all the regions still have more pubs per 10,000 people than the UK average of 5.8, with Gwynedd with the highest figure at 9.4.
One of the Gwynedd pubs that has closed is The Cross Foxes Inn in Garndolbenmaen, with the community now battling to bring the pub back into use.
Caroll Morris, from Garndolbenmaen Community Society, said closures “kill off communities”. She added: “This is espe- cially true when pubs are the last asset in a village.”
She wants the Welsh Government to adopt the Assets of Community Value(ACV) legislation in place in England. Communities can nominate their local for an ACV, giving greater powers to safeguard valued local pubs from developers.
CAMRA’s chief campaigns and communications Officer Tom Stainer said: “These shocking new figures show the huge loss that has been felt by communities up and down the country as beloved locals have closed down.
“Pubs play a unique role in offering a social environment to enjoy a drink with friends, they help combat isolation and loneliness and help people feel connected to their community.”
● The Cross Foxes in Garndolbenmaen