Decision over Rest Hotel remains under wraps until September

Kevin Richards, founder of the Healing The Wounds (HTW) charity which has a lease until January, says plans will be revealed at a special general meeting on September 7.

A meeting of trustees was held last Friday regarding the future of the 150-year-old grade II listed building but cannot be revealed until next month. HTW stepped in with a bid for the property in June and hope to arrange an asset transfer to secure the future of the historic building.

Mr Richards said: “Everything is under wraps at the moment but decisions have been made.”

The news The Rest was to close sent shockwaves around the community when it was revealed in May.

HTW is a tenant of the property’s west wing, where it treats service personnel suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues.

The charity heard in May that the hotel – which has cared for sick and vulnerable people for 150 years – is expected to cease trading in October.

Speaking after the announcement they were to bid, Healing The Wounds charity representative, Mal Emerson, said their proposal involves the formation of a community social enterprise to run the facility, which could also house a restaurant, cafe, nursery or activity centre.

Estate agents Savills are marketing the 90-room Gothic building, with a reported asking price of £1.5m.

Separately, councillors at Bridgend County Borough Council have approved plans from Caerphilly-based Mayo Developments Ltd to build a new annex the main Rest building and turn it into 68 apartments, as well as building a new 38-bedroom convalescent home in the grounds.

Developers will be required to hand over £370,000 in section 106 planning gain money for affordable housing and a further £63,000 to improve access between Porthcawl town centre and Rest Bay.

The trustees were unavailable to comment at the time of going to press.

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