THE refurbishment of a community centre in Acton has been given the go-ahead.

Members of Wrexham Council’s executive board said they had been waiting about seven years for the plans to come to fruition and voted unanimously to approve the development.

The delay was partly caused by a suggestion to build a new resource centre on Rhosnesni playing field but there were objections because of the loss of green space.

The community centre on Overton Way will now be completely renovated at a cost of £800,000.

The centre, which will open next year, will be for use by the whole community and will also include provision for children.

Cllr Ron Davies, who represents Little Acton, told the executive members on Tuesday: “I’m delighted to have lived long enough to see this – there have been times when I didn’t think I would. We’re hopeful we’ll get a much needed resource.

“It’s a good thing for Acton all round and I look forward to 2012.”

Maesydre councillor Carole O’Toole said: “It has got quite a long history but I am very glad it’s come to fruition.

“I think we can move forward confidently.”

The report to the executive board said they would look to employ three members of staff to maintain the centre – a centre development officer, a centre support worker and a cleaner/ caretaker.