Rethink over future of 19 community centres in Wrexham

Villagers are to discuss taking over one of 19 community centres in Wrexham as the local authority considers their future to cut costs.

Councillors want to look at giving ownership of the facilities to local groups rather than just shutting them.

Plans have been put on hold to shut community centres at Marford, Lodge and New Broughton to save £100,000 annually as part of the review.

Marford villagers will meet on Tuesday to discuss running their centre.

A council report last week looked at demolishing some facilities.

But councillors said they wanted to get a better idea of how many people use the centres and whether communities could take them on before a final decision is made.

Marford councillor Mike Edwards said the community centre was well used by the village.

But he said it would require investment in the near future. While the council could not secure funds to pay for the work, a community group could with enough support.

He said village groups which use the hall would meet later on Tuesday to discuss setting up their own group.

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