If you have been gone for a while, you are correct in the leagues having been bad.
I, along with 2 others, run the leagues now and we have made a lot of major changes. We offer both 5 man and 3 man events and do our best to build the league the way the players want it. Please feel free to request acceptance into the SWPPL Senate and follow the ongoing dialogue. I think you will find that many of the players are starting to support the local league again and that is our main goal, to offer a professional, marketable, and competitive regional league to help develop local players.
The SWPPL Senate - https://www.facebook.com/groups/200861693364334/