A public consultation into the proposed closure of Plas Madoc Leisure and Activity Centre has begun.
The proposal to close the Plas Madoc facility follows a review of the 11 sports and leisure facilities operated by the Council in the light of proposed budget cuts of £13 million for 2014/15.
In a Scrutiny Committee last Wednesday it was revealed that the 11 leisure centres in Wrexham cost £1.8million a year to run.
Councillors voted to recommend the closure and demolition of Plas Madoc and Waterworld leisure centres, with a possible replacement facility if and when finance is secure. You can read our report of last weeks meeting here.
However the decision to close, and possibly demolish Plas Madoc was challenged by members of the public who spoke at the meeting. Daryl Wright, who admitted he regularly uses the centre said: “Do you think people who use Plas Madoc, a low income area, will get on a bus, where services are being withdrawn?
“The gentlemen think a new centre will happen, it won’t. Where does this £11.8m come from? Are we going down the road of private funding? We are mortgaging the future of our kids.”
Mr Wright also added that when he visited the centre recently, he saw a steady stream of people coming into the facility.
Since it was announced that Plas Madoc faced closure, a Twitter account called
@Save_plasmadoc has been set up. The page already has over 300 followers.
To help the Council understand the impact of the proposed closure, service users, individuals and groups are all asked to take a few minutes to complete the consultation. Hard copy questionnaires can be completed up to and including Monday 23 December. The online version will be available until 31 December: http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/consultation/plas_madoc/index.htm
The questionnaire itself has 25 questions, including a question on whether or not you use the centre (and if not, why), how often you use Plas Madoc and how you travel there.
Interestingly there is also a question regarding whether or not you would choose to use a different leisure facility if Plas Madoc was closed down. The survey then lists facilities including Gwyn Evans, Queensway Gym and Ysgol Clywedog. Waterworld is also on the list, which was also tipped for closure and demolition in the meeting last week.
Hard copies of the questionnaires are available at local Leisure and Activity Centres, Contact Centre, Lord Street, Wrexham, Ruabon and Cefn Library, the Opportunities Centre in Plas Madoc and Plas Madoc Housing Office.
Alternatively you can email your views to email@example.com.
When the consultation closes all the responses will be collated and will be taken into account by Members of the Council before they make their final decision.