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Wrexham leisure centre 'could reopen in June'

Published date: 14 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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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.

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  1. Posted by: worldsgonemad at 14:19 on 14 March 2014 Report

    Well done to Mr. Skates, Darrell Wright & the rest of the group. It`s a shame a couple of rich old Wrexham heads namely Mark Hughes ( Ruabon ) & Robbie Savage from Bradley don`t get involved & throw a few quid into the hat? I`am sure they both do loads for charity but this is a homegrown crisis.

  2. Posted by: a cahill at 18:20 on 14 March 2014 Report

    Why WCBC had run it at a loss without it ever coming to light....and how many more loss making activities are still undertaken that not in the public domain....aren't they audited every year by the national audit office or is it just a case of looking into wheter they lived within their budget for that 12 month period and the numbers matched

  3. Posted by: 99Dylanjones at 19:42 on 14 March 2014 Report

    Fantastic success everyone should support this group-- how long will it be before another facility is to close and and the community have to try and takeover

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