Ex-Scope residents still living in hotel

Two former residents of a sheltered care facility sold by Scope to developers are still living in temporary housing a year after they were forced to move.

Brian Byfield and Allan Symonds, who have cerebral palsy, moved to the £1,000-a-week Dan Y Graig Respite Centre – a specially adapted hotel in Porthcawl – last October when Scope sold its Cyncoed Flats facility in Cardiff to developers for £2.25m.

Permanent homes were found for 10 other Cyncoed residents, but a shortage of good accommodation for disabled people meant Scope and Cardiff Council were unable to offer Byfield and Symonds more suitable housing. They have been told they
will have to stay at Dan Y Graig until adapted bungalows become available next year.

Byfield said the hotel was fine but could not cater for all their needs.

“People come here for a week or two, not 18 months. Allan has changed a lot since he’s been here: he used to do a lot more for himself but now he has to be hoisted out of bed.”

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