The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has called on Bridgend Council to use its planning powers to ensure that whatever happens to the Rest Bay Hotel in Porthcawl, some community facilities are maintained on that site.
Mr. Black was reacting to news that the Trust running the convalescence hotel are looking to close it in October after it ceased to be financially viable. The Grade 2 listed building is now up for sale and there are rumours that it may be converted to apartments.
Mr. Black is concerned at the potential loss of community facilities and wants the council to work with whoever buys it to ensure that some provision is made for community use in whatever scheme is finally approved.
"Nobody wants to see this convalescence hotel close," said Mr. Black, "and I have already met with the Chair of the Trustees to explore all the options available to them. However, if as seems likely, this sale goes ahead then it is important that Bridgend Council uses its powers to ensure that any planning approval involves the replacement of the community use that will otherwise be lost.
"The Rest Bay Hotel is used by many local groups including U3A and currently acts as the base for Healing the Wounds, a charity that helps former armed forces personnel suffering from PTSD. We need to ensure that their future is secured and the Council is in a unique position to facilitate that. I hope that officers and Councillors will be pro-active in ensuring this happens."