Mohammad Asghar AM, Assembly Member for South East Wales, has expressed concern at plans by Caerphilly Council to close several leisure centres in the borough.
Leisure Centres at Pontllanfraith, Cefn Fforest, Bedwas, Heolddu, St Cenydd, Ystrad Mynach and New Tredegar face an uncertain future due to Council cuts.
Mohammad Asghar said:
“I am very concerned about Caerphilly Council’s plans to close more than half the Leisure Centres in the Borough.”
“Wales is facing a health crisis.”
“In the last ten years the number of people in Wales diagnosed with diabetes has increased by forty six per cent (46%), a major cause of which is obesity.”
“Around fifty eight per cent (58%) of adults in Wales are overweight or obese. I am particularly concerned that levels of childhood obesity in Caerphilly are above the Welsh national average.”
“Closure of leisure centres in Caerphilly will only exacerbate this problem and deprive people of convenient access to leisure facilities which are essential in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”
“I fully support Councillor Kevin Etheridge and his colleagues in his attempt to have this matter referred to full council for decision.”