TOWN councillors in Llanfyllin have expressed their dismay at Powys County Council’s decision to close Llanfyllin Sports Centre on Saturdays from March.
At last Wednesday’s Llanfyllin Town Council meeting, Councillor John Wike, who is a member of Llanfyllin Sport Centre Committee, told fellow councillors that the centre will close from March on Saturdays, due to budget cuts.
The decision, made by Powys County Council Cabinet members, comes as the county council are looking to cut costs.
Currently the sports centre is open every Saturday morning.
Cllr Wike said he was angry at the lack of consultation by Powys County Council and that he had only found out from the last meeting of the committee of the closure.
“It’s an undemocratic decision I feel,” said Cllr Wike.
County councillor Peter Lewis also said he did not know about this decision until the week before and expressed his anger at everyone not being informed.
He said: “We were not consulted on it. It was all worked out behind our backs.”
He also said it is one of the sports centres that makes the most money in Montgomeryshire.
“Llanfyllin is doing well, it’s one of the strongest sport centres in Powys, we have been lumped in with everyone else,” said Cllr Lewis.
Cllr George Stroud suggested the town council do a Freedom of Information request on the sport centre’s balance sheets and Cllr Lewis suggested that the town council should write a letter to Powys County Council.
Despite the county council looking to cut costs, Cllr Stroud worked out that the Saturday morning closure of Llanfyllin Sport Centre would only result in a saving of £77 per week.