Posted: Tue 8th Mar 2016

Avenue Centre Decision Put on Hold

This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Mar 8th, 2016

A report going before Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet next week recommends that no decision is to be taken for the time being on the future of the Social Activity Centre (SAC) in Tenby. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Popularly known as The Avenue, it is one of three Council centres for people with a learning disability. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Its future has been under review and it has been at the centre of a much publicised 12-week consultation period with stakeholders, including customers, their families and carers. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

In a report to the Authority’s Cabinet meeting next Monday (14th March), Director of Social Services and Leisure, Pam Marsden, says: “After a great deal of consideration and taking all of this feedback into account, it is considered premature to make any recommendation at this time with regards to the future of Tenby SAC.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Her report continues: “In order to ensure that any future recommendation is fully informed, we will continue with our plan to have up-to-date assessments on all of our service users with a learning disability. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We will also spend time in a range of meetings with service users/carers and stakeholders over the next few months agreeing service priorities and developing a shared vision. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We plan to undertake a further consultation in the future which will involve all three centres and be in the context of a wider review of day opportunities across Pembrokeshire. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“At the end of this period, a report will be brought back to Cabinet setting out recommendations for the future provision of this service.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

County Councillor Simon Hancock, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Health and Well-Being and Equalities said: “I do hope that this will be recognised as the Council listening and that we can continue to work with our service users and their carers to agree the future of services within this very difficult financial climate.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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