COMMUNITY leaders are hoping to take over the running of a village social facility.
Llay’s community centre is in danger after Wrexham Council issued an ultimatum to community councils saying they must pay for facilities such as the centre or face losing them.
But Cllr Terry Boland says the community centre on Shone Lane is a vital part of the village that needs to be kept open.
He said: “This community centre has been here since the 1950s and we really want to keep it open.
“Myself and community councillor Paul Crewe are going to ask Llay Community Council to take on the community centre for a year and fund it while we start up some kind of board of trustees who can take over.
“We want this centre to be run by the people of Llay for the people of Llay.
“People here do not want to see it closed and would be sad if it does.”
Cllr Boland said the community centre was well used with many groups using it although he wanted to keep it open all day everyday under a new management structure.
He said: “The centre is used a lot but we want it to take off and be busy all day with many different groups which will benefit the community.
“We want it to be a pulsating centre of the village and we are determined to make it happen.”
Cllr Boland says he wants to have a full board in place before it takes over to make sure the transformation is not “half hearted”.
In September a letter to the community councils from Lawrence Isted, Wrexham Councils head of community wellbeing and development, warned that unless the facilities were transferred to the ownership of community councils or another local organisation, the council would consider all options including “cessation of the service or closure of the facility”.
Other council services in danger include school crossing patrols, playgrounds, public toilets, bowling greens and street lighting.