Plan to save Wrexham leisure centre in the works

Published date: 18 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A GROUP of experts and community activists has been formed to work on an urgent plan to save Plas Madoc Leisure Centre.

The team has been brought together following a meeting of campaigners, councillors, third sector organisations, Wrexham Council officers and experts in energy conservation and social enterprises.

A meeting was held on Sunday to form a plan of action. Clwyd South AM Ken Skates, who called for the meeting, said: “People are extremely anxious about the possible loss of Plas Madoc Leisure Centre because of the UK Government's austerity programme.

“But Sunday’s meeting has provided us with plan B and an alternative to closure which I hope Wrexham Council will help us deliver.”

Mr Skates added: “I am extremely grateful to those people who gave up their time to attend what was a last-minute event to look at alternative ownership models for Plas Madoc. I know many more people would have liked to attend and I will be seeking their views and assistance this week.

“We agreed to form an efficient working group and to tap into the required expertise needed for a viable business plan for the future of this popular facility.

“We will need time to develop the plan, but the desire, knowledge and energy needed to save the centre is definitely evident.

“I am keen to see the centre remain open while Plan B is developed and I hope everyone, regardless of their politics, will be able to come together in a constructive way as a matter of urgency. I also urge current service users to stay loyal to Plas Madoc while we invest time and effort in trying to protect it.”

Despite mass opposition to the proposal and a number of demonstrations, Wrexham Council’s executive board has voted in favour of closing Plas Madoc, but gave campaigners until June to try to form a community venture which would run the facility.

The centre will close at the end of March.

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  1. Posted by: worldsgonemad at 11:45 on 18 February 2014 Report

    Hat`s off to all involved...

  2. Posted by: a cahill at 12:50 on 18 February 2014 Report

    Strange but true...yesterday the Leader reports that "everybody in the room agreed that a social enterprise was unworkable due to the time scale imposed by WCBC.....Today it reports that Ken Skates has agreed a Plan B with campaigners for a social enterprise...Question is was Ken Skates on a loo break or just realised how seriously this can affect his political w

  3. Posted by: a cahill at 12:59 on 18 February 2014 Report

    Should read as "political career"....the fact is that is down to Wrexham Councillors at next Wednesdays full council meeting to decide the fate of Plas Madoc and Water World and not any glory seeking AM

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