FLINTSHIRE County Council has denied it intends to shut the doors for good on a popular Saltney community facility.

There have been rumours the Saltney Youth and Community Centre, based on Sandy Lane, would be closed and/or demolished within two or three years, leaving community projects based there in limbo.

Parents, workers and volunteers have responded to the rumours by making badges for children and adults to wear, with the message of ‘say no to closing’.

A petition has also been set up, with more than 100 names gathered.

Youth worker Julie Thomas, who runs the centre, said: “I have been told a proposal has been made that the centre will be knocked down.

“We offer such a brilliant facility to people. We have an after-school club, a lunch club for St David’s School opposite which provides lunches for 40-50 people regularly and we do a number of youth projects for people with disabilities.”

Saltney Town Mayor Veronica Gay said she was not aware of any plans to close the centre.

She added: “There has not been a decision or any consultation over the centre.”

Ian Budd, director of lifelong learning at Flintshire County Council, said: “We have no current plans to close or demolish the Youth Centre and we are not aware of any plans from Saltney Town Council either.”