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Delight at Pontarddulais community support for residential home

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 22, 2014

Pontarddulias mayor David Beynon

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PEOPLE in a Swansea community have been praised for their efforts in helping to raise thousands of signatures in support of a residential home.

Pontarddulais mayor David Beynon said he was pleased with the scale of support residents had shown in such a short space of time for The Hollies.

Although Swansea Council has previously given assurances no home in the city will close its doors before the middle of next year under its budget proposals, people in the area have been concerned the facility could be axed.

Mr Beynon, during the meeting of Pontarddulais Town Council, said: "There has been a 2,200 petition against the closure of The Hollies.

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"It shows the strength of feeling about people wanting to keep The Hollies.

"We have had a stay of execution, but not a reprieve."

In a previous meeting of Pontarddulais Town Council, residents packed out The Institute in St Teilo Street, Pontarddulais, to show the scale of their opposition.

One resident said: "If The Hollies is going to close, we in the Bont want to keep it open."

It is understood council bosses could be prepared to delay any potential care home decision for a year, while undertaking a comprehensive review.

Concerns were raised that The Hollies was at risk of being closed due to a lack of en-suite facilities, which is one of the criteria being looked at by the local authority when it considers any potential closure proposals.

But Swansea Council has vowed to take into consideration people's views.

Pontarddulais county councillor Jane Harris previously blamed a reduction of funding from the Westminster Government for the major cuts, which were being faced by the local authority.

She said there was no decision to close The Hollies.

"To think we are pushing for the closure of The Hollies is the wrong premise," she said.

"No one has ever mentioned they were ever closing The Hollies."

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