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Future of Wrexham leisure centre looks brighter

Published date: 25 April 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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THE future of a leisure centre earmarked for closure looks brighter after a positive meeting to discuss the possibility of a community trust taking it over.

Members of the recently-formed Splash Community Trust met Wrexham Council officers yesterday to discuss a number of options for how the group could move forward in its bid to takeb over the facility prior to the October 1 deadline.

Chairman of the trust Darrell Wright said the council is “bending over backwards” to help make their bid a success and prevent the centre from being demolished.

He added: “The council have been extremely helpful. I’ve been their biggest critic in the past but they have been brilliant.

“They have given us a number of options and we need to get together to discuss them further.”

A full board meeting was due to be held late last night to discuss the options.

The good news comes as a boost ahead of the closure of the centre on Sunday at 5pm, ending a lifespan of four decades for the Acrefair-based facility, as Wrexham Council act to make £13.8m worth of cuts in this year’s budget.

Campaigners will gather at the Acrefair centre on Sunday from 3.30pm to take part in a ‘dry swim’ by linking arms around the leisure centre and wearing fancy dress.

They also plan to wish departing staff the best of luck for the future.

The recently formed Splash Community Trust hope they can raise the cash needed to take over the running of the centre before the demolition deadline of October 1.

In the meantime ,the facility, which includes a swimming pool, sports hall and a gym, will be mothballed, to allow the community group to try to raise the necessary funds.

Plas Madoc costs £45,000 per month to run and each user is subsidised by the council to the tune of £2.50 per visit.

It was announced at an open meeting in Plas Madoc on April 8 that a legal entity had been formed as the next step in the fight to save the facility.

Nine volunteers will sit on the board of directors of the newly-formed Splash Community Trust, including Clwyd South AM Ken Skates and trust chairman Mr Wright.

The trust has suggested Plas Madoc could be renamed sPLASh Magic if they are successful with a takeover bid.

And the message from those running the trust is they need help from the community if they are to succeed.

“A lot of hard work has gone into getting things this far, and the creation of a charitable company to take things forward was a huge step,” Mr Wright said.

“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.

“To do that we need members of the public to put on their thinking caps and 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.”

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  1. Posted by: Truth hurts at 12:04 on 25 April 2014 Report

    Yesterday you quoted Marc Jones saying "My main concern is there is no serious commitment from the council for wanting the trust to work". Today Chairman of the trust Darrell Wright said the council is “bending over backwards” to help make their bid a success and prevent the centre from being demolished. Hell hath no fury like a former councillor

  2. Posted by: touchwood at 13:58 on 25 April 2014 Report

    if the council can not keep the place going the people of wrexham need to know if the council are going to go on puting money up for it as the council have not got the money so come on council tell the truth to the people

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