Save our Leisure Centres

The 'Save our Leisure Center' Campaign is one that Plaid Cymru in Islwyn have organized and championed passionately, even taking the challenge to the High Court in London. 

Since Labour took office at council level, leisure centres in Islwyn have faced an uncertain future. Closures have long been pursued by the Labour controlled Caerphilly council, with Senior Councillors attempting to close the Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre in early 2018.

Pontllanfraith Centre in Blackwood, a focal provider of key services - especially for the elderly and vulnerable, was due to close and be demolished by early 2019 to make way for a proposed new housing development.

With the 'Save our Leisure Centre' committee organizing a protest of hundreds of people through Blackwood town centre - as well as almost 6,000 people signing an online petition to keep it open, the county borough council were subsequently forced to halt the closure of the leisure centre. 

It was a judges ruling that stated the County Borough Council had 'failed to consider the impact on vulnerable people'.

"We have been at the forefront of fighting these decisions from the beginning" said leading organizer Councilor Rhys Mills.

"Working cross party to help secure the future of these community assets,  we will never rest until their future is secured".

See ITV Wales cover the campaign, and interview the 'Save our Leisure Centre' Committee below


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