Councillor’s concerns at “punishment” over Plas Madoc vote

Councillor’s concerns at “punishment” over Plas Madoc vote

A Wrexham councillor has expressed his concern at being “punished” for voting against the closure of Plas Madoc Leisure Centre.

Cllr Paul Blackwell, Labour councillor for Plas Madoc ward, wrote of his concerns to a campaigner and fellow Labour supporter who had urged him to vote against closing the popular centre.

Cllr Blackwell says in his response:

“I want to vote against such a closure at the end of this month, if I do I will probably be punished which would be very sad. But if I do not vote against I will be punished instead by the people.”

A spokesperson for the Save Plas Madoc Leisure Centre Campaign said:

“Cllr Blackwell wants to vote to save Plas Madoc but is apparently worried about being punished, presumably  by his group leader. We had hoped that councillors would have the freedom to vote the way they felt was right for their community, yet the comments from Cllr Blackwell suggest otherwise. It’s a very sad day for democracy if councillors are being pressurised into voting a certain way and a disgrace that we could lose Plas Madoc because councillors fear being punished by their own party.

“Cllr Blackwell is right on one thing – if he votes to close Plas Madoc he and his colleagues will be punished by the people.”

Councillors will vote on whether to approve the annual budget, which includes closing Plas Madoc Leisure Centre, on Wednesday (26 Feb 2014) at a full council meeting

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