Hundreds sign petition to save Plasnewydd Community Centre

February 19, 2013 No Comments »

Hundreds of people have signed a petition to save Plasnewydd Community Centre from Cardiff council’s proposed budget cuts.

The centre, on Shakespeare Street, could close along with Pontprennau Community Centre as part of proposals to save £65,000 in the 2013-14 budget.

But local residents say they are determined to keep the Plasnewydd centre open as they say it is used by a “huge diversity” of people.

The centre hosts everything from soft play for toddlers to kung fu, ballroom dancing and dance aerobics for adults.

Roath resident Martin Gower said: “To lose a resource like that or to try to replace it would be difficult.”

He said: “People use it right throughout the day.

“Our children and now grandchildren use it for birthday parties and OAP groups use it on a Friday. All that’s going to be lost.”

Councillor Daniel De'ath, who will present the petition to the council later this month.

Councillor Daniel De’Ath, who will present the petition to the council later this month.

The community centre has an indoor sports hall, two badminton courts and a function and committee room.

Mr Gower said the hall’s closure would also have an impact on the Plasnewydd Community Garden project which was developed next to the centre last year.

He said: “We need the community centre to work in partnership with the gardens.

“It doesn’t look like a huge link but there’s a huge impact. We can’t let it go.”

Martin said one option might be to run the centre through some sort of compromise with the structure of the people working there remaining in place.

He said this could be as a single group with volunteers but in partnership with other groups or the council.

Mr Gower said around 600 signatures had been collected in a written petition and another 200 signatures online.

The petition to save the centre will be presented to a full council meeting on February 28 by Labour ward councillor Dan De’Ath.

Coun De’Ath said the priority is to keep the centre open as a council-run service for as long as possible.

He said: “There has been a lot of interest and goodwill in doing all they can to keep it open.”

He said other options are being looked at including grants and non-council models used by other centres.

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