A THIRTY-day consultation into the future of a special needs day service in Neath, has started.
Members of the Social Care, Health and Housing Cabinet Board were asked to approve a consultation into a proposal to move the Cadoxton Special Needs Day Service from its current location, to the Trem Y Mor Respite Facility at Aberavon seafront.
Claire Marchant, head of community care and housing services, told members of the board and scrutiny committee that the Cadoxton building was not fit for purpose.
Initially, it was identified that the service should move into Rhodes House, Sandfields.
However, during consultation into the potential move, it was identified service users would also benefit from the use of the facilities provided at Trem Y Mor, the new respite service planned for Aberavon seafront.
"Bearing this in mind and the transport issues that would arise transporting service users initially from their homes to Rhodes House and then onto Trem Y Mor, it has been decided to seek permission to consult on relocating Cadoxton to Trem Y Mor, thus allowing service users the opportunity to access facilities at Trem Y Mor and reduce time service users time spent on transport," said Ms Marchant.
Trem y Mor is a new 16-bed unit with modern facilities, including sensory rooms, soft play areas, sunken trampoline area, and Arjo Jacuzzi bath that would benefit service users with a learning difficulties.
Modifications will be made to changing/personal care facilities ahead of any move.
Chairman, Councillor John Rogers, urged service users and their families to take part in the consultation.
He said: "I have been out to meet with parents of some people that use Cadoxton, and there are issues around transport, but we are working on those together.
"I urge people throughout Neath Port Talbot to have their say."
Visit www.npt.gov.uk to have your say during the 30-day consultation period.