Llangollen community group frustration at WAG
Apr 19 2010 by Steve Bagnall, Daily Post
PLANS for a cultural education and kung fu centre appear to have fallen through after a Welsh Assembly Government U-turn at the 11th hour.
The Powys Fadog group was all set to bring contractors in to turn River Lodge Hotel complex in Llangollen into a community facility for education, tourism, accommodation and kung fu tuition.
But Pol Wong of Powys Fadog has been left baffled following a sudden stalling by WAG chiefs to grant the project final approval.
WAG issued a statement saying there is now an “options appraisal” into its future use.
River Lodge, formerly known as the Woodlands nightclub, has been disused for years. Mr Wong has taught Kung Fu there since 2002.
It was privately owned but a few years ago came under the control of the Welsh Development Agency, which was subsumed into WAG.
Mr Wong said he had been negotiating to open up River Lodge with WAG, which had been supportive until January this year with £90,000 already ploughed into the project.
A deal had been done with WAG for the lease to come under the control of Pennaf Housing Association, with the Assembly contributing £240,000 to the project said Mr Wong.
A letter to WAG officials by Mr Wong summed up the group’s frustration.
It said: “At all times members of Powys Fadog have engaged with the Welsh Assembly and acted in good faith. This despite years of frustrations, delays, unreasonable barriers and disproportionate scrutiny.ŠWe feel this faith is being broken.”
A Welsh Assembly Government spokesman said: “The Permanent Secretary instigated an internal audit review in relation to the acquisition and subsequent proposals for the disposal of the River Lodge site in Llangollen.
“The interim conclusions include the recommendation any future use of the property should follow a full options appraisal of the future use. This process is now under way.”
BC comment - we have written to the post about our disgust with this decision and the delay in signing off the centre to the Powys Fadog group who
have worked so hard to get this place off the ground - SOMEONE SOMEWHERE IS STOPPING THIS-ask why and who and what do they want in its stead?!