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Clwyd Leisure is on the verge of liquidation

Published date: 18 January 2014 |
Published by: Matt Jones 
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THE company which runs three of the region’s top tourist attractions is on the verge of liquidation.

Directors of Clwyd Leisure, which runs the Rhyl Sun Centre, The Nova Centre in Prestatyn and the North Wales Bowls Centre held an emergency meeting to discuss Denbighshire Council’s announcement  that they would not be taking over the company and they would not provide any further funding.

As it stands the Sun Centre may not open again while the Nova and Bowls Centre may close as of March 31, with the loss of up to 70 permanent jobs and 55 seasonal posts.

Bosses at Clwyd Leisure said they want to see the facilities remain open for the good of the community and had asked the council to take back control of the attractions, a plan which was rejected at a council meeting on Tuesday.

Denbighshire Council will withdraw all funding for Clwyd Leisure as of April 1, and the company say they will not be able to open the attractions.

The council said it had serious concerns about the way the company was being run and the operation of the facilities which it said had resulted in a reduction in visitors of over 72,000 since 2008.

A spokesman for Clwyd Leisure said: “The directors, with the assistance of legal, personnel and financial advisors, discussed the issues at very great length.

“The board of directors have always been mindful of acting in accordance with company law and of its responsibilities to customers, staff and suppliers

“The unexpected decisions by the cabinet of Denbighshire Council has meant that directors must consider the impact of those decisions and apply due diligence in agreeing a way forward.

“Before our professional advisors can recommend to the board whether it is necessary to enter into liquidation, it is necessary for the council to advise on its position with regard to the pension fund guarantee.

“A further statement will be released once Denbighshire Council have responded to our request to confirm their position on this matter.”

Clwyd Leisure said the reduction in funding from £391,000 a year in 2001 to what would have been £195,000 in the 2014/15.

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