The leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats has called on the Welsh Government to help save the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth.

On November 15, Senedd member Jane Dodds called on the Welsh Government to support the eco attraction, following the organisation’s shock announcement that it would be closing its visitor centre, placing 14 jobs at risk.

The pioneering eco centre blamed several factors during a challenging time for the charity sector in the UK.

Ms Dodds said the jobs were a key reason for the Welsh Government to take action, as well as the work the organisation does in combating climate change.

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She said: “I was saddened to hear of the news that the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth has been closed to visitors due to a lack of funds, placing 14 jobs at risk.

“For many people, the centre was an entry point that opened their eyes to what was possible and practical when it comes to sustainable energy.

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“At a time when we urgently need to transition to net zero, centres like CAT which inspire the next generation to think sustainability are vital in the fight against climate change.

“It Is vital that the Welsh Government step in and extend a helping hand to the centre during this difficult time to prevent further job losses and potentially reopen the centre.”

The centre had marked its 50th anniversary earlier in 2023 but will end the year with its future in doubt.

The centre said when it announced the decision that it hoped to reopen the centre should it be successful in securing Levelling Up funding for an overhaul of the institution.