South East Wales

Merthyr Tydfil leisure services handed to trust

Merthyr council offices
Image caption Merthyr Tydfil council has handed the running of Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery to a trust

A south east Wales council has transferred control of its leisure and culture services to a trust.

Merthyr Tydfil council handed over the running of leisure and community centres, libraries and cultural sites to the trust on Wednesday.

Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust, which is supported by a board of 11 trustees, took the reins after a year of public consultation.

The trust said the move would "protect the future" of such services.

It will be led by chief executive Richard Marsh.

He said: "Operating as a trust will give us lots more opportunity to access funding and provide a more flexible way of working, which in turn will allow us to provide an even better service."

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