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05 February 2014

Council to consider leisure service options

Wrexham Council’s Executive Board will make a decision on the future of leisure provision in the County Borough next Tuesday.

A report by Cllr David Griffiths, Lead Member for Health and Adult Social Care, outlines a number of recommendations for the Council to consider.

The recommendations of the report, in summary, are to:

The report presents the recommendations of the Leisure Review undertaken on behalf of the Council by The Sports Consultancy, together with the representations made by the public on those recommendations. Wrexham Council extended the consultation period to the end of January so as many people as possible could have their say and we have had a very strong response with more than 2000 representations.

Cllr Griffiths said:

Our leisure services provide a valued service to the people of Wrexham in terms of supporting health and wellbeing and sporting excellence. However, it is a discretionary service that costs the Council about £1.8 million a year to run and includes a number of key buildings that in the short to medium term will need to be replaced and in the meantime are running at a substantial loss. Plas Madoc Leisure Centre alone makes a loss of more than £500k per year.

The council has to find at least £45 million worth of savings over the next five years and we want to ensure that the people of Wrexham continue to have the opportunity to access leisure facilities.

Members have to take a difficult decision in order to make necessary savings while also seeking to secure a long term future for even a reduced Leisure Service in the County Borough.

These recommendations will help secure a future for a leisure service in the County Borough as a whole by investing in a replacement of one key centre and by transferring the service to an existing leisure trust.