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Statement on the closure of Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre

It is absolutely amazing that in the face of widespread opposition from the local community, a Labour Cabinet has taken the decision to close Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre.

This decision is extremely shortsighted. Centralising leisure services does not work. Once these well used community facilities are gone they are gone for good.

It is all very well building houses but that cannot come at the expense of community provisions.

I have been proud to stand with the hardworking Save Pontllanfraith and Cefn Fforrest Leisure Centres community group. Marching with them, alongside hundreds of others, just shows the depth of feeling. I will continue to support them in looking for ways to save this vital community resource.