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Campaign to save Deeside roller hockey arena

ROLLER hockey players are campaigning to save their arena.

Flintshire County Council’s plans for the revamp of Deeside Leisure Centre would see the area which is currently used for roller hockey replaced with skate ramps, high ropes and a climbing tower.

Users of the arena were outside an executive committee meeting, where plans were discussed on Tuesday.

Ian Hapgood, who was handing out ‘Save Deeside Roller Hockey Arena’ leaflets, said: “This is the only facility of its kind in the North West and we don’t want to see it closed.”

During the meeting the council’s director of lifelong learning, Ian Budd, said the authority would be working with players to find a solution.

He said: “We are looking at alternative venues around Flintshire.

“We understand these people have been used to having a dedicated arena and want to continue to use it.”

Chief executive Colin Everett said: “We are not insensitive to the issue and we are looking at options.

“We know how hard it is to get access to facilities.”

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