THERE is still hope for an under-threat leisure centre, a politician has claimed.
Clwyd South AM Ken Skates says he is hopeful over the future of Plas Madoc Leisure Centre after a “very constructive” meeting with Wrexham Council bosses.
The authority has outlined plans to close the leisure centre in Acrefair as part of its review into leisure services.
There have been protests against the closure plan, with another due to be held today outside the council’s Guildhall headquarters as members discuss the issue during a private workshop.
Mr Skates met the authority’s lead member for leisure, Cllr David Griffiths, and council officers on Friday to discuss options for keeping the centre open to the public.
He said: “Many of my constituents have made their feelings known about the council’s proposals for Plas Madoc. I am a regular user of the centre and I know many people in Clwyd South and further afield would be sad to see it close.
“Councils don’t take this type of major decision lightly, and authorities across Wales are being put under severe pressure because of the UK Government’s austerity measures. However, we had a very constructive meeting and I am happy to have been able to provide the council with a number of issues to investigate.
“I was very pleased by the commitment of Cllr Griffiths and the officers to hold an open dialogue with me on such an important matter. I remain hopeful we can find an alternative and keep the facility open.”
Mr Skates would not comment further on the discussions.
Wrexham Council has received more than 2,000 responses to a public consultation into the closure.
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.