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CCBC listens and responds - Leisure centre closure plans on hold

Posted on : 15 Oct 2019

CCBC listens and responds - Leisure centre closure plans on hold

The Interim Leader of Caerphilly Council has announced that plans to close Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre are to be put on hold.

Speaking on behalf of the Cabinet, Cllr Barbara Jones announced the council’s intention to defer the decision in order to consider new options for the future of the site as part of the council’s broader transformation plans for the authority and the county borough as a whole.

Cllr Jones said, “We are listening and responding to our community and the Cabinet wants to reflect on key issues going forward such as the future of Pontllanfraith leisure centre.

“We are aware of the strength of feeling in the community and we want to respond positively to these concerns, therefore we are recommending that the closure plans are put on hold while we consider how the facility fits within our wider ‘place shaping’ agenda for the county borough.

We have an ambitious transformation agenda ahead of us and we need to consider the opportunities arising from factors such as the educational improvement programme, our wider economic plans, our ambitious housing and sustainability agenda and our 10 year sport and active recreation strategy.

All this is set against the current financial climate, the need for us to do things differently and the need to do ‘more for less’. We all have a collective role in shaping the future of our county borough and we must do this in partnership with the community.

“We recognise that budgets are shrinking and that the council needs to transform the way it delivers services, but we are here to serve the community first and we must not lose sight of this fact. We now need time to reflect and consider a new way forward and we would like to give an assurance to the community that we will do this with you.

We will launch our exciting and ambitious transformation plans under the heading of ‘Team Caerphilly’ in the New Year.”

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