Don't demolish old Rhosddu Vicarage

In January 2020, Wrexham Council's Executive Board voted behind closed doors to demolish Rhosddu's old Vicarage.

This was the only option on the table, despite previous offers to purchase the building being rejected by the council. No consultation about the options have taken place within the community and, until now, all discussions had been held in private.

The old Vicarage sits in the heart of the community between St James' Church and Rhosddu Spar. It's been empty for 15 years after the council declared it surplus to requirements.

The local councillor Marc Jones is calling for all options to be explored to bring the building back into use for the good of the community before any demolition takes place.

Those options include:

1. Sell it to an interested party to bring it back into use for employment or accommodation (with a clause forbidding demolition)
2. Develop it for community use (a local community group could access funds for renovation)
3. Incorporate it into any council housing development planned for the wider site.
4. If none of the above options work, demolition.

Keeping it empty for even longer is not an option, especially as the old Printworks on the other side of St James' Church has been lying idle under private ownership for a similar amount of time.

Cllr Jones said: "The executive board tried to keep this behind closed doors but have failed. Now that this matter is out in the open, I'd like the community to have their say.

"The threat of demolition still hangs over the building because the Executive Board decision still stands but assurances have been given that nothing imminent is planned. It's up to us as a community to make the case for an alternative or to find a better use for what is a very solid building with a new roof."

We, the undersigned, support all efforts to put Rhosddu's old Vicarage back into use for the benefit of the community.

Rydym ni, yr isod, yn cefnogi pob ymdrech i sicrhau dyfodol i hen Ficerdy Rhosddu er lles y gymuned.

Who's signing

Mark Borthwick
Pat Collis
Vera Barnett
Vicki Lloyd
Karen Phillips
Phyllis Davies
Lynne Williams
Elaine Thomas
Sarah Roberts
Chelsea Jones
Janet Davies
Nigel Whitby
Matt Rhys-Roberts
Jacqui Blore
Gwenda Strong
Wendy Kelly
Nicholas Jones
Adrian Medcalf
Carol Owen
Sarah Jones
Andrew Edwards
Juliet Douthwaite
Jessica Billington
Andrew Keith Gregory
Ian Gallanders
Mike Young
Jacqueline Ryan
Brent Roberts
Brett Jones
Amanda Shone
52 signatures

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  • Mark Borthwick
    signed 2020-02-27 09:05:14 +0000
  • Pat Collis
    signed 2020-02-27 07:43:46 +0000
  • Vera Barnett
    signed 2020-02-26 23:15:44 +0000
  • Vicki Lloyd
    signed 2020-02-26 22:51:13 +0000
  • Karen Phillips
    signed 2020-02-10 21:30:18 +0000
  • Phyllis Davies
    signed 2020-02-09 22:14:57 +0000
  • Lynne Williams
    signed 2020-02-09 15:27:47 +0000
    Wrexham is in one of the lowest places on the Welsh Historic Interest Index. We simply can’t afford to demolish what little heritage we have left. While our town can benefit from new decelopment, we should not modernize our community at the expense of these important buildings. Buildings, such as the old Vicarage in Rhosddu form the very fabric of our community Identity, forging a connection between our past and present.
  • Elaine Thomas
    signed 2020-02-09 14:54:50 +0000
  • Sarah Roberts
    signed 2020-02-09 13:37:20 +0000
  • Chelsea Jones
    signed 2020-02-07 12:18:59 +0000
  • Janet Davies
    signed 2020-02-07 08:54:20 +0000
    A beautiful building that we should cherish rather than contemplate demolition
  • Nigel Whitby
    signed 2020-02-07 00:04:00 +0000
    It is a visually unique building in its local area, can be repurposed to any use, makes sense as you will never see this type of build again!! Give an architect a chance of showing its potential..
  • Matt Rhys-Roberts
    signed 2020-02-06 23:22:21 +0000
    Save this building, and actually consult the community for the most vibrant ideas that would embrace it as part of a brighter and more sociable neighbourhood. I think there’s more than enough over-provision for big businesses throughout the borough now.
  • Jacqui Blore
    signed 2020-02-06 22:55:07 +0000
  • Gwenda Strong
    signed 2020-02-06 22:39:29 +0000
    It is part of the history and culture of Wrexham, and should not be demolished.
  • Wendy Kelly
    signed 2020-02-06 22:16:56 +0000
  • Nicholas Jones
    signed 2020-02-06 21:21:32 +0000
    I oppose the demolition of our heritage. It should be used to support services that are moving from Rhosddu, with the closure of Greenacres and the Cunliffe Centre.
  • Adrian Medcalf
    signed via 2020-02-06 19:35:41 +0000
  • Carol Owen
    signed via 2020-02-06 19:03:47 +0000
  • Sarah Jones
    signed via 2020-02-06 19:00:31 +0000
  • Andrew Edwards
    signed 2020-02-06 18:18:14 +0000
  • Juliet Douthwaite
    signed 2020-02-06 18:08:12 +0000
  • Jessica Billington
    signed 2020-02-06 17:49:26 +0000
  • Andrew Keith Gregory
    signed 2020-02-06 17:29:46 +0000
  • Ian Gallanders
    signed 2020-02-06 17:01:46 +0000
    Ian Gallanders
  • Mike Young
    signed 2020-02-06 16:42:30 +0000
    Michael Young
  • Jacqueline Ryan
    signed 2020-02-06 16:00:41 +0000
    This building had a buyer who would have looked after the building with no cost the the Council
  • Brent Roberts
    signed 2020-02-06 15:32:20 +0000
  • Brett Jones
    signed 2020-02-06 15:10:43 +0000
    I can see this from my bedroom and to see it gone would be a shame. I call for a group to run community activities and events to work in this space and others areound the area that works for the year 2020 and not focusing on the past that doesnt attract anyone anymore.
  • Amanda Shone
    signed 2020-02-06 14:50:48 +0000

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