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

Daniel Newton
Bethan Roberts
David Munnerley
Peter Warburton
Daniel Jones
Sharon Ditcher
Sharon Cole
Robert Williams
Sue Williams
Helen Williams
Pete Howell
Jacqueline Saunders
Ffion Swift
Shane Jones
paula beeke
Aline Briffa
Alison Mason
Ruth Pennington
Dave Morgan
Jordan Carter
Dawn Jones
Jamie Connolly
Deborah Ecclestone
Lorraine Allen
June Duffy
Gill Tizzard
Ben Jones
Catherine Jones
Lisa Holden
Christine Edwards
222 signatures

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  • Daniel Newton
    signed 2022-11-25 09:33:03 +0000
    Stop demolition and start preserving historic buildings. Too much heritage has been lost from Wrexham.
  • Bethan Roberts
    signed 2022-11-21 12:33:15 +0000
  • David Munnerley
    signed 2022-11-05 07:58:12 +0000
    Absolutely insane to demolish old historic buildings which add character to a community. Like so many levels of government Wrexham Council seems to enjoy bypassing democracy and seems to be led by a bunch of power crazy dictators.
  • Peter Warburton
    signed 2022-01-07 20:41:51 +0000
    Too many developments have ruined Wrexham – stop demolishing historic buildings.
  • Daniel Jones
    signed 2021-12-26 10:14:26 +0000
    Wrexham has not retained enough older buildings of character. It would be a loss to future generations in Rhosddu and the wider heritage of the town to pull this down.
  • Sharon Ditcher
    signed 2021-12-16 21:59:34 +0000
  • Sharon Cole
    signed 2021-12-16 15:38:01 +0000
  • Robert Williams
    signed 2021-12-16 13:53:10 +0000
    I was brought up in Rhosddu and still have a flat which is on the other side of the Spar. Why oh why is the councils first option always demolish!!!!
  • Sue Williams
    signed 2021-12-16 12:58:15 +0000
  • Helen Williams
    signed 2021-12-16 12:14:43 +0000
  • Pete Howell
    signed 2021-12-14 15:23:44 +0000
  • Jacqueline Saunders
    signed 2021-11-30 07:36:48 +0000
  • Ffion Swift
    signed 2021-11-29 14:06:37 +0000
  • Shane Jones
    signed 2021-11-29 00:10:22 +0000
    What a lovely old historic building just down the road from me , could be used for so many uses 🙏 a real gem 🙏🙏🙏 if the council want to demolish anything try the disgusting wreck off a place about 50 ft up the road , the old printers !! It’s been a roofless , unsafe building covered by scaffold , drug den and generally a complete eyesore for well over a decade , it’s disgusting dangerous health hazard !!!!
  • paula beeke
    signed 2021-11-28 21:32:13 +0000
    it is a lovely building which i remember from when i was a child in the 50s
  • Aline Briffa
    signed 2021-11-28 21:16:16 +0000
  • Alison Mason
    signed 2021-11-28 09:40:20 +0000
    Too many of Wrexham’s stunning old buildings have been pulled down. We need to stop allowing this to happen!
  • Ruth Pennington
    signed 2021-11-28 09:02:27 +0000
  • Dave Morgan
    signed 2021-11-27 22:06:25 +0000
  • Jordan Carter
    signed 2021-11-27 19:12:09 +0000
  • Dawn Jones
    signed 2021-11-27 17:44:40 +0000
  • Jamie Connolly
    signed 2021-11-27 17:35:09 +0000
  • Deborah Ecclestone
    signed 2021-11-27 15:40:48 +0000
  • Lorraine Allen
    signed 2021-11-27 15:35:24 +0000
    This building should be kept for the people of Rhosddu
  • June Duffy
    signed 2021-11-27 15:32:11 +0000
  • Gill Tizzard
    signed 2021-11-27 15:12:49 +0000
  • Ben Jones
    signed 2021-11-27 14:55:28 +0000
  • Catherine Jones
    signed 2021-11-27 11:56:31 +0000
    Save this building and avoid wasting all the embedded energy in its construction by doing the green option, not just saving our heritage, but doing the right thing for the planet in the Climate Emergency that the hypocritical council have declared.
  • Lisa Holden
    signed 2021-11-27 11:37:47 +0000
    This building has so much history and character which new buildings lack. Destroying this building destroys the identity of the rhosddu community.
  • Christine Edwards
    signed 2021-11-27 11:26:24 +0000

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