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Plans for running Staylittle will be put forward

Created on 29/11/2017 @ 09:52
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The future of the Staylittle Outdoor Centre is today looking much more positive after politicians and others said they would do all they could to save it from closure.

It comes after Monday's announcement by Powys County Council that is was prepared to give the centre a reprieve providing sustainable ideas for running the centre were put forward by groups, organisations or companies to run it.

It had been due to close as part of cost savings after being taken out of the Freedom Leisure contract which covers the county council's leisure centres.

Russell George AM said he was working with a number of constituents who want to see the centre continue operating.

"I've been working with a number of constituents who want the Centre to have a prosperous future, and I've had very encouraging conversations with Cllr Davies. I determined to support the Centre and the Council in its aim to find a long term future for Staylittle," he said.

County Councillor Phyl Davies who represents the Blaen Hafren ward, and who is the Powys Cabinet Member for Property said:
"The council will continue investigating all avenues to ensure the centre has a viable and sustainable future. Discussions are already taking place within different service areas and we will take those discussions further afield to give the centre the best possible future.    
"Staylittle is an important asset in a wonderful location and we believe that with the right approach, imaginative thinking and a sound business model it could have a bright future. We will work with any organisation, private or public, to investigate possible options for its long-term future."

Meanwhile, Cllr David Selby, a county councillor representing Newtown who has campaigned to keep the centre opened, also welcomed the review.

He said: “On behalf of campaigners throughout the County I welcome the news that the Powys Cabinet are reviewing their decision to close the Staylittle Outdoor Centre.

"All that we have been asking for is for a proper review of the expressions of interest in running the centre – it would appear that they are at last going to do this.  The Centre is not yet saved – but this is a step along the way. “
“Cllr Gareth Morgan and myself still wish to have the opportunity to speak to the Cabinet next week and receive their assurance that the initial reprieve is for at least a year to enable a firm future outside Powys ownership to be found."

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