Brain centre may be named after historic empty church
A CENTRE of excellence treating people with brain injuries could continue the history of a shut down Llanelli church, an ex-town mayor has suggested.
The centre, due to be developed at Llanelli's waterside, will be the first of its kind in Wales.
But before it opens next year the Disabilities Trust is on the hunt for a suitable name for the centre.
The trust invited Llanelli Town Council for its suggestions. It said it would like to involve the local community in the naming process.
At Wednesday's town council meeting four names were thrown into the pot.
Former mayor Winston Lemon suggested the name Christ Church Rehabilitation Centre in honour of a closed down church.
Speaking after the meeting he said: "There's a church that has been there for years, which is called Christ Church.
"This new building is going to be in the shadow of the church steeple."
Mr Lemon added that given the church's 126-year-history, it seemed appropriate to name the centre after it.
Machynys Cross was another suggestion, which not only makes reference to the centre's location, but alludes to the cross as a symbol of medical practice.
Another was Hope House.
Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Carl Lucas said: "Hope House gives people the hope for full rehabilitation."
The final suggestion was Canolfan Aberddafen, which refers to the placement of the centre near to the mouth of the River Dafen.
In the email a spokeswoman for the Disabilities Trust said: "We are keen to choose something that in some way reflects the local area, and of course a name that works well in both Welsh and English."
Town councillors were all in favour of proposing the four names and their translations.
Whichever name is agreed on, the group or individual that submitted it will be invited to take part in the centre's opening celebration.
The centre will help service users to live closer to their families while undergoing rehabilitation from the likes of road accidents, strokes, or illness.
There will be accommodation for 24 adults in 18 en suite bedrooms, including two single bedroom flats for people approaching the point of being able to live independently. Another four flats will be supplied for long term use by residents who can live semi-independently.