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Fight goes on to save Wrexham leisure centre

Published date: 17 February 2014 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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BULLISH campaigners are refusing to give up the ghost in the fight to save a doomed leisure centre.

Organisers behind the Save Plas Madoc Leisure Centre Campaign said they think they can still change councillors’ minds on the closure plan before next week’s full council vote.

Yesterday campaign leaders met supporter Ken Skates AM and on Thursday a public meeting is planned to garner more support for the fight.

Last week Wrexham Council’s executive board voted to close the facility. The doors will be closed to the public in March.

An extension was agreed to allow campaigners until June 30 to form a community social enterprise to take over the centre in Acrefair, but failure to agree a takeover will result in the demolition taking place as early as July.

The closure plan will go before full council on February 26.

Greg Ogden, a campaign organiser, said they believe it is possible to change the minds of the councillors.

“We believe we can persuade the council to change their minds and vote for the leisure centre to remain open,” he said.

“We are constantly being stopped in the street with people angry Wrexham South is being abandoned by its council and politicians. The vote for closure is the only topic of conversation in shops and cafés.”

Darrell Wright is also part of the campaign group. He said: “We are inviting all those concerned with the plight of Plas Madoc to meet this Thursday.

“Together we will plan how we can secure the future of the leisure centre and how the campaign will be run over the next few weeks.

“We encourage everyone who can make it to be there.

“In the meantime, we urge everyone to contact their councillor and demand they vote to save Plas Madoc at the full council meeting on February 26.”

Members of the campaign group met with local councillors and Mr Skates on Sunday. After the meeting campaigner Alison Roberts said: “Everyone in the room agreed the social enterprise is an unworkable solution given the unrealistic time frame and the lack of financial support from the council.

“We will reveal all about the social enterprise at the public meeting but in the mean time we want everyone to lobby their councillors.”

The public meeting will be held at the Air Products Social Club in Acrefair on Thursday, February 20 from 7.30pm.

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  1. Posted by: Y Ffin at 21:31 on 17 February 2014 Report

    Perhaps there is a chance to keep Plas Madoc open if the fees were raised to bring in additional income. If you use Waterworld, you generally have to pay for parking unless you use the facilities after 5pm whereas parking is free at Plas Madoc so there may be room to raise the charges. The people who use the place have to put their hands in their pockets as well as the council taxpayers of wrexham or there will be no chance of keeping the centre open.

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