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Wrexham leisure centre campaigners ready for cash talks

Published date: 24 April 2014 |
Published by: Charlie Croasdale
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A COMMUNITY Trust will today be told how much it will cost to take over Plas Madoc Leisure Centre.

The Acrefair centre is set to close on Sunday and Splash Community Trust campaigners are set to stage a “dry swim” around the centre by linking arms and wearing fancy dress.

The centre will then be mothballed by the council on Monday.

The newly-formed community trust will have until October 1 to raise enough cash to take over the centre, which currently costs about £500,000 per year to run.

If the community trust cannot successfully take over the running of the facility, which includes a swimming pool and sports hall, it will be demolished in October.

Trust chairman Darrell Wright said the meeting with Wrexham Council officials this afternoon could prove “crucial” for the future of the trust.

“If the council play fair with us regarding the costs, which there is every indication they will do, then we will have every chance of taking it over,” he said.

“It will be a crucial meeting for us and we will be holding a public meeting in May to let trust members know where we are.

“We are waiting for our company registration to come back so then we can begin the process of setting up a bank account and looking into the different areas of fundraising.

“It is going to be sad to see the centre close on Sunday and there will be many people extremely disappointed and unable to afford the cost of getting to Wrexham or Chirk to use alternative facilities.

“We remain determined to get it up and running as soon as possible.”

Marc Jones, who has been a vocal campaigner in the bid to save Plas Madoc, said he expected people to arrive at the facility on Sunday afternoon for an “emotional ending”, before the doors are locked to the public at 5pm.

He said: “It is disappointing for all of us to see this much-loved institution closed down.

“Despite the unprecedented number of people agaisnt the closure, it is going ahead regardless. If the council had any imagination at all they could have kept it open over the summer.

“My main concern is there is no serious commitment from the council for wanting the trust to work.

“People are being encouraged to come down in a show of unity on Sunday before the doors are locked for a final time at 5pm.

“It will be an emotional ending for the facility, but hopefully there is still hope it can be saved by the trust.”

Referring to the mothballing, a Wrexham Council spokesman said: “The pool will not be drained and it will continue to be monitored regularly to ensure the system operates correctly, which will ensure that the pool could be used from day one (if it reopens).

“All items of value will be removed and the building and the underpass will then be secured.”

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  1. Posted by: touchwood at 18:30 on 24 April 2014 Report

    wrexham council can not keep puting money they have not got in to this place its not what they want to do its what they have to do

  2. Posted by: klingpin at 21:22 on 24 April 2014 Report

    Touchwood, they have got the money they just choose to waste it elsewhere lining their councillors pockets and funding a mayor that nobody wants!

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