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Rallying call to raise cash for Wrexham leisure centre takeover

Published date: 11 April 2014 |
Published by: Jonathan Grieve
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SUPPORTERS of plans to save Plas Madoc Leisure Centre are being asked for ideas to help  raise the money needed to achieve a community takeover.

A second well-attended public meeting at Air Products Social Club in Acrefair earlier this week heard that a new legal entity, Splash Community Trust, had been formed as the campaign to retain the popular facility progresses at pace.

Now chairman Darrell Wright, from Trevor, is keen to hear the public’s fundraising ideas.

He said: “A lot of hard work has gone into getting things this far, and the creation of a charitable company to take things forward is a huge step.

“We have achieved so much in a relatively short space of time but now we need people’s support more than ever.

“We need to raise a serious amount of money to give our business case for the takeover as much ‘clout’ as possible when it goes in front of the council and to do that we need members of the public to come up with ideas.

“Generating this money will be our biggest obstacle to date, but if everyone who says they want Plas Madoc to stay open is able to help us then we should have no problem. The level of support so far has been brilliant so I see no reason why we can’t rise to the challenge.”

Mr Wright, 67, said another public meeting is likely to be held next month.

He reiterated the need for users of the centre to fill in a short online survey which will help keep the public up to date with developments and could help with future funding applications.

Mr Wright added: “Centre users’ details are unfortunately not available to us at the moment because of data protection laws so it’s imperative we get as many responses at possible.”

Wrexham Council’s executive board voted to close the centre to the public on April 27, despite requests to keep the centre running with diminished opening hours.

And if the newly-formed Splash Community Trust cannot agree a deal with the council to take over the facility by the October 1 deadline, it will be demolished.

The group had originally been given until June 30 to come up with a takeover plan but, after the executive board’s decision was called in by a group of independent councillors, the matter was sent back before the executive board, which debated the issue again and extended the deadline.

l To complete the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/PMFUTURE and to suggest fundraising ideas email jennymiller08 @hotmail.co.uk or call 07921 6590990.

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