12/10/2007

Drill Hall Summit Requested

Plaid Cymru councillor Alun Williams has called for those campaigning for a community centre in Aberystwyth to meet as a matter of urgency with the council officers and developers currently making plans for the future use of the Drill Hall in Glyndwr Road.
A meeting in the Buarth Hall organised by former county councillor Hywel Jones was told by Cllr Williams that the Council was planning to move the Day Centre in Park Avenue to the Drill Hall if consultation with the users of the centre proves favourable. As part of the development of Mill Street car park the Day Centre would be replaced with shops and an extra layer would be put on the car park.
Cllr Williams warned,
“Whilst Social Services, who run the Day Centre, would undoubtedly allow community meetings to take place in the Drill Hall from time to time, the current plans would not allow the place to function as the kind of community centre envisaged by campaigners.”
“With plans rapidly being developed, now is the time for a delegation of those concerned to request a meeting with the County Council’s Estates department, Social Services and the developers to thrash out the possibilities for full community usage of the Drill Hall so that these can be incorporated into the plans. If its left much longer it’ll be too late”.
He told the meeting,
“The delegation should include the Community Association, Hywel Jones, who has campaigned so passionately on the issue, and a representative of Glyndwr Road residents.”
The meeting accepted his proposal and agreed to approach the Council.

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