LEADERS of a group for stroke victims fear they face an uncertain future due to controversial council cost-saving measures.
Wrexham’s New Steps Life After Stroke Club said a Wrexham Council plan to outsource community centre funding could lead to their base being axed.
Before heading off on a trip yesterday club members, many of them stroke survivors, gathered outside Maesgwyn Community Centre on Lilac Way, Wrexham, to stress to Wrexham Council their concerns at the situation.
Community councils across Wrexham have received an ultimatum letter from Wrexham Council requesting they take on the running costs of some facilities – including community centres – or risk losing them.
Users of the Maesgwyn Community Centre, including the stroke club, said this could lead to the centre potentially closing.
Club chairman Arthur Millington said: “We fear what would happen if they closed this community centre. We meet every week and have a good time.
“We are worried now that because they are making these cuts we would have to move and that could make things difficult for us.”
Offa Community Council, which received the letter from Wrexham Council, said it has not yet taken any decision on taking on cost responsibilities.
A special meeting is due to take place to discuss the issue.
Cllr Phil Wynn, of Brynyffynnon ward on Wrexham Council and a member of Offa Community Council, is hopeful the situation can be successfully resolved.
He said: “The stroke club is one of the groups which uses the community centre and would be concerned, but it is early days. The community council has got to discuss this matter in greater detail.
“I am looking at what options are available.”
Yesterday Cllr Hugh Jones, Wrexham Council lead member for communities, collaboration and performance, said no final decision with regard to specific facilities has been made.
As well as community centres, other community facilities could also face the axe if community councils do not pay for them.
In a letter to community councils Lawrence Isted, Wrexham Council’s head of community wellbeing and development, said: “In light of severe budget pressures, the council is reviewing the provision, management and funding of the community facilities that it provides in the county borough, including community centres, play areas, public conveniences, bowling greens, school crossing patrols and street lighting.
“While these facilities are highly valued, the council has no alternative but to concentrate its scarce resources.”