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Friday, February 14, 2014

Plas Madoc campaigners pledge to fight on

Organisers behind the Save Plas Madoc Leisure Centre Campaign have expressed their disappointment at Tuesday’s vote to close Plas Madoc but say they are resolute in continuing their campaign for its survival.

As the next step in they have announced a public meeting for next week, Thursday 20th February at the Air Products Social Club in Acrefair.

One of the Organisers, Greg Ogden, said: "Naturally, we are disappointed that the WCBC Executive Board chose to inflate their egos with an unnecessary dream over the well-being of the vulnerable and less-abled people in the community. However, we believe that we can persuade the council to change their minds and vote for the Leisure Centre to remain open."

"We are constantly being stopped in the street with people angry that Wrexham South is being abandoned by its council and politicians. The vote for closure is the only topic of conversation in the local shops and cafés. These same people are telling us that they will remember which councillors have neglected them at the next ballot box. We have promised them that we record and publish how each councillor votes.

"One local resident told me, 'What is the council for, if they won't listen to what the public want for their area? What is the point of the council, if it closes our valued services and amenities?' The campaign team wholeheartedly agrees with this sentiment, what is purpose of the council, if it won't fulfill the wishes of its residents?"

Another campaign organiser Darrell Wright, said: "We are inviting all those concerned with the plight of Plas Madoc to meet next Thursday. Together we will plan how we can secure the future of the Leisure Centre and how the campaign will be run over the next few weeks. We encourage everyone who can make it to be there.

"In the meantime, we urge everyone to contact their local councillor and demand that they vote to save Plas Madoc at the full council meeting on February 26."

In the next few days, the campaign team will meet with AM Ken Skates and Cllr Paul Blackwell to tell them how angry their voters are with the council's decision.

The team is also discussing professional advice they have had which they say states that the social enterprise/community trust initiative is being set up to fail, as the council is "dragging their heals" over presenting information that was first requested in October.

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