A COMMUNITY leader remains hopeful a community centre can be preserved.
The future of Marford Community Centre was plunged into doubt earlier this year as part of a review of community centres across Wrexham, potentially helping save Wrexham Council thousands of pounds.
This prompted a backlash in Marford as campaigners fought for their facility be saved.
Supporters of the centre have spent recent months working on setting up a trust to acquire a lease to take over the running of the centre.
Cllr Mike Edwards,who represents Marford on Wrexham Council and a member of Gresford Community Council, which covers Marford, said he is hopeful the centre will be taken on by the trust.
“I am very optimistic because the will is there from lots of local people and the community council that they will not let it die,” he said.
“However, before they can take it on it needs to be established what the exact costs are going to be.
“It needs to be clear exactly how many years life it has got and exactly what is going to be needed in terms of repairs.”
The centre is used for a large number of activities, including a children’s playgroup.
It is anticipated work would be required on the building in future years due to its deteriorating condition.
Other community centres at the Lodge and New Broughton were also linked with possible closure earlier this year as part of the review.
However, the decision about the centres was placed on hold in June.
Wrexham Council members requested a report on all community centres across Wrexham before any decision was made.
But now the future of community centres in Wrexham has again been thrown into the spotlight as Wrexham Council has written to community councils asking them to look at taking over the management of facilities, including certain centres.
“I think the situation is very real,” said Cllr Edwards. “There are going to be many community councils very worried about this.
“Although it can be good when community assets are put back into the hands of the community, finance is the problem.”
Regarding the current proposals, Cllr Hugh Jones, Wrexham Council’s lead member for communities, collaboration and performance, said: “Wrexham Council is working together with town and community councils to see how we can deliver services within the financial constraints that we are all currently facing.
“This will involve looking at new ways of delivering services but we have made it clear that we will not be able to continue to fund services in the same way in the future as we have in the past.
“No final decision with regard to specific facilities has been made.”