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Three Flintshire leisure centres saved from axe

THREE Flintshire leisure centres have been saved from closure after a solution was found to reduce costs.

The future of sports facilities at Connah’s Quay High School, Castell Alun in Hope and St David’s High School in Saltney hung in the balance after the council announced cost-cutting plans to the leisure service.

Council bosses announced the plans last October, but the centres were allowed to stay open for discussions to take place following outrage from the public.

At the time thousands of worried residents signed petitions against the proposals.

But now governors at the schools involved have agreed to run the centres with Flintshire County Council in an effort to reduce costs and keep them open out of school hours for community use.

Cllr Bernie Attridge, who is a governor at Connah’s Quay High School, said: “It’s a red letter day for Connah’s Quay.

“I am very happy we have reached an agreement with the county council and the community can continue to use this facility.

“When the plans to close it were first announced I was fearful we would lose it for good.

“As governors we will monitor the situation over the next 12 months and then review how things are going.”

A spokesman for Flintshire County Council said: “All three high schools have entered into agreements with the council which will ensure continued community use of the sports facilities.”

And now Cllr Attridge is calling for investment in the Connah’s Quay centre after leisure company Alliance Leisure and the council announced outline plans for a £1m redevelopment of Flint Pavilion Leisure Centre and a multi-million pound investment at Deeside Leisure Centre.