CARE HOME CAMPAIGNER CALLS FOR COUNCIL RESIGNATIONS

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Cambrian News photographer - Elwyn Williams pictured outside Bodlondeb

A CAMPAIGNER has called for resignations at Ceredigion County Council after it emerged that the Bodlondeb closure has led to other council care homes having no vacant spaces.

The Cambrian News reported “The Cambrian News revealed that councillors had been told in a closed meeting that the decision to close the Bodlondeb home in Penparcau resulted in places in other council-run care homes being filled, with no current vacancies.

That has prompted former Aberystwyth mayor Elwyn Williams, who was heavily involved in the Save Bodlondeb campaign, to call for council leader Ellen ap Gwynn and social services director Sue Darnbrook to stand down from their posts.

He claimed that campaigners and relatives of residents had been misled.

Mr Williams said campaigners had quizzed the county council about alternative care places if the authority pushed ahead with closing Bodlondeb and had been told that places would be available.­

He said: “I was very surprised when I read in the last edition of the Cambrian News that, just after six months after the closure of Bodlondeb, the authority met behind closed doors about spaces in homes for the elderly.

“When we brought that up as a Save Bodlondeb committee or as relatives, they assured us there would be no problems with available spaces.

“I feel if the director of social services has got any principles she’ll resign.

“I feel that the leader of the council, if she has any principles, should resign as well.”

A council spokesperson had previously said that the council had made the decision to close Bodlondeb to help reduce the number of empty places at council-run care homes, with the spokesperson saying that ‘voids’ in council homes had increased in recent years.

The authority has claimed that more people are choosing to receive care services in their own homes and that the authority can commission care beds from private operators if needed” here.

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