Powys County Council has carried out temporary measures to repair a ceiling at Llanfair Caereinion Leisure Centre.

The main sports hall at Llanfair Caereinion Leisure Centre was temporarily closed because of debris from a damaged area of the ceiling, and now safety netting has been placed around the area to allow events in the hall to go ahead without fear of falling plaster.

The hall was closed in November, with sports groups postponing meetings due to the issue of plaster and debris falling from the roof.

One of the groups that went on hiatus while their usual meeting space was damaged was the Walking Football group, which cancelled a meeting in November because of the damage and were told again that the hall might be unavailable for their planned meeting on December 8 while the netting was installed.

Group member David Cribb said: “We were told the sports hall is out of action during the week.

“The contractors were installing the netting into the roof space but said they would be completed by Friday, so therefore we would hopefully be able to go ahead with walking football on Friday evening but were told we should get a final answer by Thursday.

“The netting was put in place, and we are now back to playing on Fridays.”


While the netting has allowed the hall to be open and Powys Council have said that repairs are likely to be carried out in the future, some in Llanfair have identified the damage as part of an ongoing issue in the upkeep of the Leisure Centre.

During the closure in November, Ian Davies, chair of Llanfair Caereinion Town Council, said: “The sports hall in question has now re-opened, but the fabric and repair of the ceiling is still a matter for Powys Council to deal with.

“We have expressed our frustration that this issue keeps happening, year after year.

“Llanfair Caereinion Leisure Centre was first built in the 1980s and from day one they have had issues with that roof leaking.

“As I said, we have expressed regular frustrations with this as it seems to be an annual issue. Each year the hall is temporarily closed due to leaks. It falls to Powys Council to make adequate repairs.”

The issue comes as Powys County Council is expected to deliver a decision on the future of leisure centre facilities in Powys.