MIND Premises Scandal - Newton Aycliffe
Very busy on Wednesday, spending the afternoon and early evening with members of Ashok Kumar's team in Lingdale. Earlier in the day, I joined Labour MEP Stephen Hughes in Newton Aycliffe canvassing in the Washington Crescent area.
Afterwards, we visited the MIND drop-in centre in nearby Oswald Park. The facility draws members from all over south west Durham, including Tow Law and Darlington. Centre volunteers have worked hard to help transform an old bowling pavillion into a great facility for people recovering from mental health problems. Quite why Great Aycliffe Town Council would want to summarily evict the charity from the premises is beyond me. No good reason for not renewing MIND's lease appears to have been given to the charity. The situation is quite simply scandalous.
I'll be writing to Great Aycliffe Town Council to ask them to reconsider their decision, even at this very late stage. This is a project which deserves to stay put!