Support floods in to save much-loved Wrexham leisure centre

Published date: 21 February 2014 |
Published by: Garth ApThomas 
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A TIDAL wave of people power is being organised in a bid to save Plas Madoc Leisure Centre.

About 120 members of the public turned up to an open meeting held last night at Air Products Social Club in Acrefair. It was organised by campaigners trying to keep the facility at Plas Madoc open.

The meeting was told next Wednesday will be D-Day in the battle to save the centre and it was important everyone did as much as they could to help oppose Wrexham Council’s plans.

In the afternoon a scrutiny committee meeting will look at the executive board’s green light for closure. Then in the early evening Wrexham Council will vote on its budget proposals, which includes shutting down Plas Madoc.

Among the people speaking at last night’s meeting was Cllr Marc Jones, chairman of Caia Park Community Council and a member of the Save Plas Madoc campaign.

Cllr Jones urged everyone present to get involved if they possibly could.

“It is very important to focus. Unless we can get councillors to reverse the decision, it means curtains for Plas Madoc,” Cllr Jones said.

“A group of councillors have called in the meeting by the executive board. That means they are challenging it on about 20 different points, I understand.

“The meeting will take place at 2pm. It is an open meeting you are free to attend. It would be good to attend to see democracy in action.

“That evening at 6.30pm there will be a full council meeting to decide on the whole budget. There’s £400,000 allocated savings for leisure, for Plas Madoc. If that budget goes through Plas Madoc shuts on March 31.

“It is vital, if you can’t come to the 2pm meeting, come to the 6.30pm meeting. Come at 6pm so that people can see you outside.

“Please come along if you can because it is important we put pressure on councillors.

“It is good for councillors to feel pressure to realise the people that voted them in will be there looking at how they vote.”

A whole range of issues were discussed during last night’s meeting including making contact with councillors at home as part of the democratic lobbying process and the possibility of judicial review.

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  1. Posted by: a cahill at 11:46 on 22 February 2014 Report

    52 Cllrs e-mailed 6 replies...something needs to done about the way this council is run....10 people can sit in a room and make decisions that have consequences that affect residents Wrexham wide yet use their election to a specific ward to excuse their unaccountability to those residents...hopefully this campaign will open locals eyes to the turf protectionism that is prevalent throughout Wrexham and rid us of Cllrs whose sole purpose is to look out for their own self interest

  2. Posted by: worldsgonemad at 14:47 on 23 February 2014 Report

    Quote: There’s £400,000 allocated savings for leisure, for Plas Madoc. If that budget goes through Plas Madoc shuts on March 31. End Quote: It`s funny that`s exactly the same figure quoted for a new WCBC web service??

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