Report on Wrexham leisure centre 'is flawed'

Published date: 24 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A GROUP of councillors backing the campaign to save Plas Madoc Leisure Centre have described a consultant’s report as “deeply flawed”.

The Wrexham Independent Group of councillors visited Plas Madoc to inspect the condition of the building and undertake an overview of the facilities.

In a report by The Sports Consultancy, an external consultancy firm employed by Wrexham Council to undertake its leisure review, staff have recommended closing both Plas Madoc and Waterworld leisure centres and replacing them with a new £11.9 million facility in Wrexham town centre.

But the group of councillors, led by executive board member David A Bithell, have highlighted what they believe to be inaccuracies in the report following their visit to Plas Madoc.

Previously, campaigners have slammed the near £52,000 spent on using the company to provide expert advice. However, leader of the council, Neil Rogers, has challenged the group of councillors to back up their claims.

Cllr Bithell said: “Our group are really concerned about these proposals to close Plas Madoc which will leave 225,000 residents each year without proper leisure and play facilities in the south of the county. Not only is there a need for Plas Madoc, but there is a social need.

“The consultant’s report does not reflect actual usage or the overall condition of the building which needs £85,000 to bring up to standard. All this work has been put on hold by Wrexham Council pending a decision.

“The report states there are no disabled lifts and £100,000 needs to be spent on them, but there are disabled lifts which were installed some years back.

“Our group believe the consultant’s report is flawed as no structural survey of the building has ever been carried out, usage figures are inaccurate and estimates of future costs need to be questioned.”

Cllr Bithell added: “I challenge every councillor to visit Plas Madoc for themselves prior to the workshop on February 4 and any decision being made.”

In response, Cllr Rogers said: “I would question their figures. They also say the report is flawed and I challenge them to make sure their own information is correct.”

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  1. Posted by: janred at 23:21 on 24 January 2014 Report

    Cannot believe that nobody can see the sense in not keeping Plas Madoc open. I am part of a group of people, of a certain age group, who have been referred for health reasons to Plas Madoc Like many I have lost stones in weight and gained fitness levels at the grand old age of 65, what we will all do if Plas Madoc closes, I do not know. We all feel it will, eventually cost the health authority more money than will be saved.

  2. Posted by: wxm_bsp at 12:40 on 25 January 2014 Report

    @janred. They are not suggesting that Plas Madoc be closed and nothing else built to replace it. Just because it's not on your doorstep doesn't mean that you can't get in the car or hop on the bus to get there.

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