A RALLYING call has been made for ‘people power’ to save Plas Madoc from closure.
Tomorrow is the last day people can make their thoughts known on the leisure review which will include proposals to shut the centre in Acrefair.
Wrexham Council has so far had 2,022 responses to a public consultation which ends tomorrow.
Alison Roberts of ‘Save Plas Madoc Leisure Centre’ said: “We’ve got a simple message for everyone who wants to keep Plas Madoc open – you’ve got 24 hours to make your feelings known.
“People power is the only way we’ll save the centre and we know many councillors are uneasy with this plan.
“If they have thousands of people breathing down their necks, they’ll think twice before making the wrong decision.
“There is a huge strength of feeling behind our campaign.”
The campaigners fear the closure of Plas Madoc may already be a ‘done deal’ following an email from Lawrence Isted, Wrexham Council’s head of community wellbeing and development, which said: “The consultants considered many options, which can be explained, but are proposing one solution and this will form the basis of the recommendations.”
However, the Save Plas Madoc Leisure Centre group say they are not giving up and will fight any decision to close the centre.
Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru AM for North Wales has thrown his weight behind the campaign.
He said: “The level of opposition to the planned closure of Plas Madoc is unprecedented.
“People are outraged the council would close such a well used and unique leisure facility.
“They’re equally angry the decision is being based on a flawed consultants’ report and it will only save £96,000 a year.
“It’s clear there are bigger savings to be made in the council that won’t impact on the community’s health and wellbeing in the same way.
“I hope the council will listen to this tidal wave of opposition and reject the closure.”
When the consultation period closes all the responses will be collated and made available to the members of the council’s executive board when they consider the matter at the meeting on February 11.
Wrexham Council has said members will consider both the recommendations of The Sports Consultancy and the representation made by the public before taking a decision.
There will be a workshop for council members on Tuesday at the Guildhall where there will be another protest held to show support against the closure.
The public consultation on the leisure review is available on Wrexham Council’s website www.wrexham.gov.uk and will be open until midnight tomorrow.