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Move to give centre rescue bid vital PS100k.

Byline: JOSH MORRIS Daily Post Reporter welshnews@dailypost.co.uk

A LEISURE centre threatened with demolition has taken a step towards safety, after it emerged councillors are considering a U-turn on funding.

Plas Madoc Leisure Centre in Wrexham closed earlier this year, but demolition was put on hold after Wrexham Council offered to let a community group reopen it. Now, the Labour party - the largest group on the council - have announced plans to award PS100,000 to the Splash Community Trust to do just that, subject to a meeting next of the executive board next Tuesday.

Darrell Wright of the Splash Community Trust said: "It is good news, but there is a long way to go. We have to get the business plan approved first which we are handing to the council. We can then advertise vacancies for people to work there and could get it open in five to six weeks after the money is approved."

Mabon ap Gwynfor, Plaid Cymru spokesman for Clwyd South: "The news that the Labour group on Wrexham Council has done a U-turn is a welcome step in the right direction. Along with all the hard-working campaigners, we called for Plas Madoc to be kept open while the centre was transferred to community ownership: when the council refused that, we called for tapered funding assistance over next few years as happened with Gwynedd Council with the Harlech swimming baths.

"As late as April, the ruling group rejected a budget amendment to keep Plas Madoc open. It's hard to know what prompted this dramatic U-turn but pressure from opposition councillors has undoubtedly made a difference. It's a shame the centre wasn't kept open: we all wanted to take advantage of the summer holiday trade.

"The fundraising efforts of volunteers over the past few months have been huge and, if the PS100,000 funding package is approved, it's only right that Wrexham Council recognises the contribution of the campaigners who wouldn't let Plas Madoc die."

Wrexham council's lead member for finance, Councillor Malcolm King said: "It must be in everybody's interest and in particular the council's to try and make sure the new community trust that has been formed is a success."

Previously Wrexham Council said Plas Madoc leisure centre needs PS1.7m spent on it to bring it up to scratch.

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