Thousands campaign to save Wrexham leisure centre

Published date: 13 December 2013 |
Published by: Rhian Waller 
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FEELINGS are running high over the proposed closure of a major sports facility.

More than 2,000 people have now joined a Save Plas Madoc Leisure Centre Facebook page, and dozens protested outside a meeting of Wrexham Council’s scrutiny committee this week.

David Taylor, county councillor for Cefn and Acrefair, said: “This is a facility which provides resources to the young, disabled, community, elderly etc.

“It is used by health services with the cardiac rehab nurses situated there and provides services to a number of local schoolchildren and clubs and societies.

“Yes, the centre requires a lot of money to sustain/maintain the building and facilities but it’s not just about the economics of the situation.

“It is about the social and health aspects of our society as well. As a member of the public stated, are we not here as adults, parents and politicians to inspire a generation and not to kill a generation?”

Cllr Taylor added the London Olympics of 2012 were supposed to have left a sporting legacy in the UK and that the demolition of Plas Madoc Leisure Centre ran counter to that idea.

Wayne Greenshields, project manager at Plas Madoc Association of Volunteers, said: “As a resident of the estate for 28 years, and a person who has grown up swimming and playing football weekly, and now visit there in my personal life with my children and take my volunteer group there to access sports, I would be horrified to lose this great facility.

“The effects it will have on the estate as a whole would be insane. I’m not going to start listing targets, objectives and outcomes but dear me, welcome back to 1998 if we lose it.”

Vicky Ellison, 23, of Acrefair, said: “Take that away and the reputation of the estate will be worse than what it was 12 years ago.”

Other people championed the services on offer at the centre.

Natalie Whitehead of Wrexham said: “We always take our children there. It’s great for children.”

David Mills, 46, of Wrexham, said: “There are great facilities there. Plas Madoc is central to many areas, Oswestry, Chirk, Llangollen, Corwen, Rhos, Penycae, Wrexham, Gresford and Rossett.”

Cerys Griffiths, 37, of Wrexham, said she went to the pool when she was younger and her one-year-old child now attends the centre.

Nicola Evans, 37, of Overton, said: “We use the pool at Plas Madoc regularly and it would be a great shame if it were to close. With childhood obesity topping the news at the moment a facility like this can only be a good thing.”

Barbara Anyon, 59, of Wrexham, had fond memories of seeing David Essex perform at the centre, and said: “They need to keep it open.”

Rachel Doughty of Wrexham said: “My children used to go there regular as did I. My grandchildren go now. It’s better than Waterworld for the younger ones. It’s a disgrace that they are even considering closing it.”

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