A NEW dawn is on the horizon in the fight to save Plas Madoc Leisure Centre.
That was the message last night from Clwyd South AM Ken Skates at a bustling Air Products Sports and Social Club in Acrefair, where it was announced a legal entity has been formed as the next step in the fight to save the facility.
Nine volunteers who will sit on the board of directors of the newly-formed Splash Community Trust signed papers finalising the set up of the company prior to the public meeting.
And the message from those running the company, who hope to take over the facility prior to the October 1 deadline, was clear – they need help from the community.
Mr Skates, who was heavily involved with the cross-community working group and is also on the board of directors of the new company, told the gathered crowd “a huge amount of work” had been done behind the scenes over the last three months.
He added: “Back in January people were saying it couldn’t happen and it won’t happen, well it can and it is thanks to them.
“Over the last few months we have had highs and lows.
“Right now we are in a good place but when the centre closes on April 27 people will be depressed and demoralised. No matter how dark it feels at the time, there will be a new dawn. It will happen.”
Mr Skates said the formation of Splash Community Trust meant he would be able to formally approach the Welsh Government for help with funding the centre, but he added informal discussions had been taking place for some time.
But one of the directors of the fledgling company, Matt Roberts, said money remained the biggest obstacle standing in the way.
He said: “We need some kind of statement to get us going. There will be opportunities for us to use returning members but the money will be our biggest obstacle going forward.
“We are absolutely going to need as much help as we can get.”
Mr Roberts said the next step would be to present a business plan to Wrexham Council.
“We want to give Wrexham Council a clear indication we mean business, are realistic about our proposal and can execute it,” he said.
Alison Roberts, who has been involved with the campaign to save the centre from the beginning, said diminishing numbers at the centre in recent weeks were cause for concern.
She said: “Seeing the classes dwindle as much as they have makes me really concerned.
“We need to make sure we can get all those people back when the centre reopens.”
She called on people in attendance to complete an online survey, which would allow the newly-formed company to keep in touch with regards to membership.
Current centre users’ details are unavailable to Splash Community Trusts because of data protection laws.
Wrexham Council will close the doors to the centre on April 27 and it will be mothballed until the trust is in a position to take over the running of the facility.
A deadline of October 1 has been set and if a deal cannot be struck by then, the Acrefair centre will be demolished.
To complete the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/PMFUTURE