Wrexham council leisure centres taken over by firm
Leisure centres run by Wrexham council are to be taken over by a separate firm as the authority looks to cut costs.
Freedom Leisure said it would invest £2.25m in upgrades at Waterworld, Chirk, Gwyn Evans and Queensway leisure facilities.
It will also manage five other schools-based centres at Darland in Rossett, Rhiwabon, Clywedog, Rhosnesni and Ysgol Morgan Llwyd.
The authority has to make £45m in budget cuts over the next three years.
The 10-year leisure services deal allows the council to retain managerial powers over pricing.
Councillor Hugh Jones, lead member for communities and partnerships, said transferring leisure services to a not-for-profit company "ensured their sustainability for the future".
Jeremy Rowe from Freedom Leisure added: "We will bring in additional staff to support those already in place to help them implement any changes and manage a smooth transition for all concerned."
The company currently manages 15 other sites in Powys.
A planned revamp at Waterworld will see improvements in the cafe, a larger gym and refurbished toilets and changing areas.
Chirk Leisure Centre will get a larger gym.