A community run leisure centre has had the official switching on ceremony of a new boiler system that will help them save money as well as becoming more efficient.
The centre received a new grant of £100,000 for a new set of replacement boilers, replacing the old system that dated back to the 1960’s.
The utility bill has been described as a ‘huge drain on resources’, and the old inefficient systems was flagged as an issue when the council conducted condition reports ahead of their decision to close the centre pending demolition – a decision later subject to a u-turn.
A spokesperson said of the turning on of the boilers: “We were pleased to welcome members of the Building Communities Trust group to the centre for the official switch on of our new boilers.”
“These brand new boilers will not only reduce our carbon footprint but provide huge savings on the centres utility bills.”
“The cost savings of almost £20,000 per annum in running costs will be a huge boost for the community trust and help grow the community hub at Plas Madoc into the future.”
We are told the boiler efficiency has risen from 60% to over 90%, with the two new smaller units replacing the two large old inefficient boilers.
The Splash Community Trust who operate Plas Madoc Leisure Centre recieved support to replace the boilers from the Building Communities Trust Group based on Plas Madoc.
The group now named ‘We Are Plas Madoc’ is distributing £1million worth of lottery funding for the local area over 10 years. The ‘We are Plas Madoc’ group led a local consultation on where they would wish to see money invested locally and the response overwhelmingly supported the Community Trust and their work at the Leisure Centre.
The Wrexham based charity, which re-opened Plas Madoc Leisure Centre following the council closure in April 2014 has benefitting from major new investment.
Stella Matthews, Chairman of The Splash Community Trust said, “This is a major boost to our efforts to keep running Plas Madoc Leisure Centre, everything we save on running costs can be reinvested back in the centre to improve our service and hopefully create a strong, stable footing for the centre to grow year on year.”
“We appreciate the help and support shown by the Building Communities Trust group, they are working with local people to make sure this lottery money is spent where the local people want it to be.”
You can get more information on the community run leisure centre by visiting Plas-Madoc.com!