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Wrexham Council 'must do right thing' on Plas Madoc

Published date: 11 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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CAMPAIGNERS have made one last request of Wrexham Council to “do the right thing” by keeping open Plas Madoc Leisure Centre.

Council leaders will hold a crunch meeting today to decide the fate of Plas Madoc, having been recommended to close it last week.

In an open letter to Wrexham Council's executive board, the Save Plas Madoc Leisure Centre campaign has made a final plea to councillors.

The letter said the level of opposition to this plan to close Plas Madoc within two months is unprecedented and that thousands have signed petitions, registered their objections and joined mass protests.

It says the council is trying to “rush” through the decision.

It said: “Officers and consultants are recommending that councillors ignore the views of the people and close Plas Madoc to save £96,000 a year – a drop in the ocean for an organisation with a £200m-plus budget.

“We urge the 10 councillors to do the right thing and side with the people’s opinion to save a well-used leisure centre for future generations.

“We know there are some councillors who are willing to challenge the consultants’ recommendation to close. We are delighted that they have stood with us and hope that others will come over to our side and show some courage.

“We will be monitoring the vote closely at the executive board and hope that everyone in the borough is aware of how their representatives are voting on Plas Madoc.

“This is an issue that has united the people of Wrexham like no other recently – we will not allow councillors to ignore the people’s voice on this.”

The Wrexham Independent Group of councillors have also asked for the plans to be abandoned.

Cllr David A Bithell, leader of Wrexham Independent Group, said: “It’s quite clear from the responses from the consultation carried out that the public do not want Plas Madoc to close. The number of replies and responses has been unprecedented opposing the closure.

“If necessary (our group) will ask full council on February 26 to reconsider Plas Madoc when the budget is approved.”

The council has recommended Plas Madoc should close or be handed over to the community as part of a social enterprise by April 1, which opponents have said is all but impossible because of the timescale. Campaigners have organised another loud protest at 1pm outside the Guildhall before the meeting of the executive board today.

They say everyone is welcome to attend with banners, whistles, placards and pots and pans to make a noise.

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