Clwyd Leisure offer to hand back Sun Centre to Denbighshire Council

Published date: 24 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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THE firm which runs the Sun Centre and two Prestatyn attractions has offered to hand them back to Denbighshire Council.

Denbighshire Council and Clwyd Leisure are in discussions over the future of the leisure complex as well as The Nova Centre and the North Wales Bowls Centre.

The council will withdraw all funding for Clwyd Leisure, an arm's length non for profit company, as of April 1, and the company say they are on the verge of liquidation.

The council said it has “serious concerns” about the way Clwyd Leisure was being run as well as the operation of the facilities.

A spokesman for Clwyd Leisure said: "The directors have agreed that the following proposal be submitted to Denbighshire Council.

"Clwyd Leisure will relinquish and hand back to the council the leases of the Sun Centre, Nova and North Wales Bowls Centre on February 1 together with the associated transfer of all site and support staff, save for members of staff required for an orderly closedown of the company.

"Furthermore the company are prepared to hand over to the council all the fixed assets and equipment of the company and a sum of £75,000 with a real commitment to provide further funds if they are available after closedown.

"This will allow the facilities to remain open, secure the jobs of the staff, give customers confidence to continue using the facilities and allow the Council to determine the direction of the tourism and leisure offer in the towns of Rhyl and Prestatyn. All that would remain is agreement on the details of the arrangement.

"The company would work with the council and assist in any way it can during the transition phrase and beyond.

A Denbighshire Council spokesman said: "Clwyd Leisure Limited has chosen to communicate yet again via the media, and the timing of this press release is again unfortunate, not allowing the council the time to consider the proposal which would have been in the best interest of the public.

"Operating in this way only serves to cause further concern for our residents unnecessarily. We will consider our response in the morning. It would be preferable for the company to communicate directly and formally with us, particularly as the press release refers to the future of their work force."

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