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

Debra Postle
Gareth Robinson
warren crewe
Meike Taylor
Sean Edwards
Jo Lloyd
Jayia Jones
David Garrett
Shane Jones
Brendan Griffiths
Al Robb
Elaine Hughes
Claire Corry
Elizabeth Owen
Karen Phillips
Nicholas Jones
Nick Roe
Mia Jeffs
Hazel Allen
Helen Parry
Geoff Hayes
Paul Roberts
Claire Lee
Lynne Field
Tracey Williams
Pat Collis
David Bisson
Dorcas Jarvis
Stacey Blundell
Deborah Ecclestone
154 signatures

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  • Debra Postle
    signed 2021-05-20 22:31:51 +0100
  • Gareth Robinson
    signed 2021-05-20 22:27:42 +0100
  • warren crewe
    signed 2021-05-20 21:24:05 +0100
  • Meike Taylor
    signed 2021-05-20 20:09:30 +0100
  • Sean Edwards
    signed 2021-05-20 17:38:11 +0100
  • Jo Lloyd
    signed 2021-05-20 16:36:38 +0100
  • Jayia Jones
    signed 2021-05-20 15:24:00 +0100
  • David Garrett
    signed 2021-05-20 15:13:37 +0100
  • Shane Jones
    signed 2021-05-20 14:43:50 +0100
    Why demolish it ? Madness
  • Brendan Griffiths
    signed 2021-05-20 14:35:30 +0100
    As a local resident I can’t understand the council’s logic here. This building would be perfect for a community hub. Demolition will cause lots of stress and disruption and is a huge waste of public funds.
  • Al Robb
    signed 2021-05-20 14:34:15 +0100
    Fed up of this council destroying things. And why do they like to discuss things in secret?
  • Elaine Hughes
    signed 2021-05-20 13:04:29 +0100
  • Claire Corry
    signed 2021-05-20 12:56:35 +0100
  • Elizabeth Owen
    signed 2021-05-20 11:59:30 +0100
  • Karen Phillips
    signed 2021-05-20 11:53:20 +0100
    This is a beuatiful building which I visited often when I was working nearby. It has been left by the coucnil to go to ruin, as many other Heritage buildings in Wrexham are. Use the £50,000 to refurbish it.
  • Nicholas Jones
    signed 2021-05-20 10:18:48 +0100
    WCBC, stop demolishing our heritage buildings and keep to your green credentials. You only do so when it suits your agenda. Chester does not let its built heritage get in the way of development and does not have the same “bulldoze it if we cannot use it” mentality. Where is your imagination WCBC?
  • Nick Roe
    signed 2021-05-20 09:47:36 +0100
    The building should be retained in the interest of sustainability, and because it is a heritage building and part of the setting of the listed St. James’s Church
  • Mia Jeffs
    signed 2021-05-20 09:19:49 +0100
  • Hazel Allen
    signed 2021-05-20 09:15:35 +0100
  • Helen Parry
    signed 2021-05-20 09:06:09 +0100
  • Geoff Hayes
    signed 2021-05-20 08:58:56 +0100
    Insufficient time , consideration or consultation, has been lavished on this building. As is too often the case, the easy route has been chosen, knock it down, with scant regard for heritage, character and the wishes of local people. You have one choice with buildings such as this, once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. DO NOT KNOCK IT DOWN.
  • Paul Roberts
    signed 2021-05-20 08:45:01 +0100
  • Claire Lee
    signed 2021-05-20 08:19:21 +0100
  • Lynne Field
    signed 2021-05-20 07:35:30 +0100
    Please stop ruining Wrexham by knocking down beautiful old buildings.
  • Tracey Williams
    signed 2021-05-20 07:31:30 +0100
  • Pat Collis
    signed 2021-05-20 04:03:19 +0100
  • David Bisson
    signed 2021-05-20 01:02:43 +0100
    I worked in the old vicarage for 15 years and I know the potential value the building has for the local community. The inside areas have many features of architectural interest which can easily be restored and saved for Rhosddu and Wrexham’s heritage.
  • Dorcas Jarvis
    signed 2021-05-19 23:42:27 +0100
    £50,000 Could be put toward a decent use of this strong,historic building.
  • Stacey Blundell
    signed 2021-05-19 23:40:38 +0100
  • Deborah Ecclestone
    signed 2021-05-19 22:59:12 +0100

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