By AAMER ANWAR
AFTER last week’s column on the Olympics, I was contacted by families affected by the Commonwealth Games to be hosted in Glasgow in two years’ time.
There, 120 adults with learning disabilities built a community where people with needs as diverse as cerebral palsy and Down’s syndrome — as well as their families — could meet daily in a safe environment.
Their activities included learning, hydrotherapy, art, computing, making friendships and much more.
Yet the Accord was shut this year to be demolished for a ‘coach park’ for the Games that will last only 11 days.
The Labour-controlled city council had no difficulty in financing £20million to purchase land for the Games, but wouldn’t replace the centre.
Families claim all they have got from the council is lies and broken promises.
The Games start in 2014, the centre is shut and the replacement is one rented room in Bambury Community Centre with space only for 60.
It is available for users to meet with carers, to then travel by bus elsewhere, but if the activity is cancelled they are left out in the cold, wind and rain — unlike at the Accord.
This is not a day care centre but a shabby afterthought of a ‘watertight bus stop’ for vulnerable adults