Time called on one in five pubs in North Wales COUNTY/PUBS 2001/ PUBS 2018:

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.