Ours is a welcoming and inclusive community here in Bridgend and Porthcawl, and one which has worked alongside both Parc Prison and the Youth Offender Institute for many, many years. Women have ubeen treated unfairly by the justice system and more must be done so that they can rehabilitate as close to their own communities and families as possible.
However, I am deeply concerned that the Atlantic Hotel in Porthcawl and Sunnyside House in Bridgend, have been identified as potential locations for a new Wales Residential Women’s Centre without any discussion with our community. This lack of communication from the U.K. Government treats local people with contempt and causes understandable frustration and concern.
Rather than making the decision in London, the Ministry of Justice must come and meet with us, and see the locations and surrounding areas up close. I believe then they will agree that neither site is appropriate. If an all-Wales pilot scheme for women offenders is to be a success, it needs to be done properly and in the right place, not just for surrounding communities and businesses, but for the women themselves.
I also fully welcome and endorse the similar sentiments of Bridgend County Borough Council Leader, Cllr. Huw David. I plan to post more updates about this critical matter for Bridgend & Porthcawl in due-course.