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Monday, January 20, 2014

Well-known doctor backs save plas Madoc campaign

The campaign to save Plas Madoc's leisure facilities has been backed by prominent local doctor Peter Saul.

In a message of support to the Save Plas Madoc Leisure Centre campaign the Rhos-based GP said: "I'm sorry and concerned to hear of proposals for closure of Plas Madoc. I am very worried that services for local people will not be maintained.  We use the centre for exercise referrals which serve an important function.

"I think the council must have in place:

1) Facilities to suport health, wellbeing and recovery from illness.

2)These should be accessable to people in the Rhos, Penycae, Johnstown and Ruabon areas.

3) the network of professionals supporting these activities should be maintained."

Darrell Wright, from the Save Plas Madoc Leisure Centre campaign, said: "What is becoming more and more obvious as our campaign gathers momentum is the knock-on effects this planned closure would have for
the health of our communities.

 "Many people have contacted us to say how important Plas Madoc's unique facilities are for their fight for fitness or health. Now we have a local GP saying loud and clear that the centre is vital for referrals.

 "It's high time the council looked beyond the pounds and pence of this matter and saw the wider impact their decisions will have on health, wellbeing and community life. How much extra will it cost the
NHS not to have these facilities in place?"
The campaign, which organised a huge demonstration outside the leisure centre last week, is gearing up for another big turnout outside the Guildhall in Wrexham on February 4 at 1pm, when the council discusses its options before making a final decision.

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