Councillors across Powys and the Mid Wales area have called the closure of Machynlleth’s Centre for Alternative Technology visitor centre “very disappointing”.

Machynlleth's Centre of Alternative Technology has now closed to visitors, with up to 14 people’s jobs at risk of being lost.

Powys Council have released a statement to say that they are aware of and are monitoring the situation.

Councillor Bryan Davies and Councillor James Gibson-Watt, Leaders of Ceredigion and Powys County Councils issued a joint statement: “We are naturally concerned about the announcement and the potential impact on individuals and the wider community.

“We both met with the Chair of the Board of Trustees and the Chief Executive of CAT yesterday to offer our full support.

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“CAT is an asset to Mid Wales and its economy – and we will do everything we can to support them through this difficult period.

“In respect of the Mid Wales Growth Deal, we are working to understand the situation and anticipated impact on the proposal for funding. At present, no project has received funding from the Growth Deal due to the projects still working on their business cases.

"Following Government guidance robustly is crucial to ensure that public funds are invested wisely in schemes that are sustainable for the long term.


 “It would not be appropriate for us to comment further at this time.”

Machynlleth councillor Michael Williams said: “This is very disappointing news, especially as the centre has historically been so successful at bringing visitors and attention to the area of Machynlleth and the Dyfi Valley.

“I’m very sorry for the staff and for the area as a whole since we can’t afford to lose valuable jobs, especially in these difficult times.”

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The news comes just months after the pioneering eco centre celebrated its 50th anniversary, with CAT stating that the closure was due to a number of factors during a challenging time for the charity sector in the UK.

In a statement issued on November 8, CAT said: “In a statement issued on Wednesday evening, CAT said: "The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) confirms with a heavy heart the closure of its visitor centre to day visitors from Thursday, November 9. It will remain open for students, pre-booked group visits, events, and courses.

“Sadly, 14 positions are at risk at CAT and a full consultation is taking place across at least 14 days. Staff wellbeing is of utmost priority, and CAT is providing specialist support to staff during this difficult time.”