PLAS Madoc could reopen under new management in June, if a newly-formed working group planning to take it over gets its way.
The Plas Madoc Community Future group, an amalgamation of the cross-community working group led by AM Ken Skates and the Save Plas Madoc Leisure Centre group, said they will not be in a position to take the centre over in time to prevent the centre from closing at the end of April.
But the 13-strong group is optimistic the facility will be running again in June at the latest – so they can take advantage of the summer trade.
The announcement was made at a public meeting last night to the discuss the future of the Acrefair facility.
A packed Air Products Sports and Social Club last night heard members of the new group urge the community to rally around the centre to ensure the takeover remains a viable option.
If a deal to transfer the facility from the council cannot be struck by October 1, the centre will be demolished.
Speaking at the meeting, Clwyd South AM Mr Skates called for people to focus on the positives and think about how they can help the group.
He said: “I’ve heard people say taking over the centre can’t be done – but we can’t give in. The scale of challenge is great but that just makes the prize even greater.
“The work we’ve done in the last three weeks would usually take up to six months.
“It has been an accelerated process and we don’t want to lose that momentum because we want the centre open as soon as possible.”
And John Gallanders said a survey of the site carried out with a Wrexham Council officer last weekend revealed the centre was not in a poor state of repair, meaning the takeover remained a viable option.
Darrell Wright, who had been a key figure in the Save Plas Madoc group, said they were no longer considering a referendum and instead would be focussing their energy on uniting the community behind the new group working to save the centre.
A second new group was also formed at the meeting - the Friends of Plas Madoc will continue the work of the Save Plas Madoc group in organising community efforts through social media.