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Welshpool fighting back

Created on 01/10/2020 @ 08:52
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Welshpool residents have started the fightback following one of the worst days of bad news that we can remember in our 10 years of publishing on Tuesday.

We reported that both the popular Skate Park and Ann Holloway Day Centre are to close while the budget to convert the much loved library into office space had shot up by 50% to £265,000.

Added to that, the ongoing shambles surrounding Neuadd Maldwyn was highlighted, and a delay to reopening the Flash outdoor pitch was confirmed to make for a very black Tuesday indeed.

Fed-up residents voiced their anger in their droves, and the backlash started last night with a petition to keep the Skate Park open attracting hundreds of backers.

Welshpool County Councillor Graham Breeze has also called for an urgent investigation to be launched by Powys County Council into the library fiasco.

But the petition may be the best gauge of the level of anger in the town. Within a few hours, it had secured over 400 signatures last night.

The petition’s creator, Nicholas Ellis, states: “Local authorities for the Welshpool constituency have deemed Welshpool Skate Park to be closed due to a ROSPA report stating that it is in a dangerous condition. 

“Although it is indeed in need of care and repair. The ideal situation would be to repair and resurface the Skate Park instead of demolishing it, or putting plans into place to replace the Skate Park with another facility.

“The metal framed ramps allow for ease of repair and the wood can be recycled and put into other good use. Instead of being demolished.

“If the Skate Park is to be closed down, there would not be another opportunity for the young community who enjoy these facilities surrounding Welshpool. They would need travel to Newtown or Shrewsbury. The safety of the individuals who uses these facilities is of main concern, but simply removing them rather than making it safer seems like a step backwards in the community.”

If you want to support the petition, click here.

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