Meeting called in fight to save community centre

Published date: 23 January 2014 |
Published by: Nathan Rowden
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A CRUNCH meeting has been arranged to try to stave off the threat of closure looming over a valued community centre.

Organisers of the summit said it was the “last chance saloon” for Tanyfron Community Centre.

In September Wrexham Council gave an ultimatum to community councils to take on the running costs of facilities such as community centres – or face losing them.

Some centres across Wrexham have not had a reprieve and are at risk of closing from April.

Brymbo and New Broughton community councils agreed a deal to part-fund Lodge Community Centre last week. But councillors expressed concerns over the future of Tanyfron Community Centre after it emerged discussions with a community group had broken down.

It was hoped the charity Dragons Daycare would be interested in taking on the centre, but Cllr Paul Rogers told members of the community council it was almost certain the centre would now close in just over two months’ time.

James Boardman, of the Tanyfron and Vron Community Association, said a crunch meeting has been arranged to look for alternatives.

He said: “It is now down to the community itself to come up with a viable business plan in order to secure Tanyfron Community Centre’s future. The current community association is too small to take on the management of the centre and are looking for extra volunteers to help formulate a business plan.”

A public meeting is being held at the centre on Monday, February 3 at 6.30pm, with all welcome to attend.

Mr Boardman said: “The centre is used by several groups, including a successfully relaunched luncheon club, but the current level of usage is not sufficient to fund the running of the centre. This really might be the last chance for the centre and if no plan is put forward this important facility will close on March 31.

“Therefore we need to move as quickly as possible as a community to secure its future.”

Leaflets are being sent out about the meeting, with organisers looking for groups or businesses keen to use the facility on a regular basis.

Cllr Rogers said other avenues are being explored to try and secure vital funding and alternative venues for existing groups currently using the centre to relocate to if necessary.

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