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Meeting planned in bid to save Caia Park community centre

Published date: 31 January 2014 |
Published by: Garth ApThomas 
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RESIDENTS are being urged to attend a public meeting to help save their community centre.

The Kingsley Circle Community Centre management committee in Caia Park say it has been told that, as part of funding cuts, Wrexham Council is planning to shut the building at the end of March unless an alternative solution can be found.

Dorothy Mitchell, chairman of the management committee, said: “It would be a devastating blow if the centre were to close, it is right at the heart of the community.

“We want as many people as possible to come to the public meeting to show their support.

“One possibility of an alternative is the community taking over the running of the centre from the county council.”

Miss Mitchell said the building is used for a wide range of activities including bingo, youth club, morris dancing, music, crafts, environmental education, meetings, entertainment and cookery.

“It is a hub for Caia Park. The building can hold 150 and is a special place. It has excellent facilities, like staging and lighting,” she said.

“I would urge people to come to the meeting we are holding to try to keep the centre open. Remember, when it has gone, it has gone.

“The meeting will take place at the community centre on Friday, February 7 starting at 6pm. We really do need support.”

Miss Mitchell said the building had been kept well maintained by the management committee.

Earlier this month the Leader spoke to Ruth Evans, producer for the Welsh National Opera WNO, about the plight of Kingsley Circle Community Centre.

Ms Evans is part of a team that set up a number of projects in Wrexham, including a family choir drawn from residents of Caia Park, recognised by the government as being an area of social deprivation.

She said: “Côr Caia was set up in April last year as part of three years of community work by the WNO. In a few months, the WNO project will end, but hopefully Côr Caia will continue independently.

“Practices are held in Kingsley Circle Community Centre every Tuesday. It’s a great space.”

Cllr Hugh Jones, Wrexham Council’s lead member for communities, collaboration and performance, said: “It has been well documented the council has to find at least £45 million worth of savings over the next five years, with the final figure likely to ben higher.

“Wrexham Council is working with community and town councils to see how we can deliver services within the financial constraints we are currently facing.

“This has involved looking at new ways of delivering services as we have made it clear we will not be able to continue to fund services as we have in the past.

“So far eight community councils have indicated they are willing to fund the community centres in their areas, meaning nine centres will stay open. Wrexham Council will continue to work with town and community councils to help deliver local services.”

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  1. Posted by: a cahill at 15:53 on 31 January 2014 Report

    Noticeable is the deafening silence coming from Caia Park Councillors...including Cllr Ronnie Prince who represents the area on WCBC....it 's a lost cause because it has no political or personal advantage to any of them

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