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

Andrew Davies
Stacey Blundell
Julie Jones
Ffion Roberts
Alison Corley-Rhodes
Wendy Preston
Nigel Ecclestone
Phil Phillips
Vera Barnett
Laura Williams
Robert Fawcett
Claire Smith
Wendy Kelly
E Williams
Jennifer Harding
Sarah Jones
Julian Whitfield
Elaine Thomas
Tracy Wright
Daryl McCarthy
Jill Doble
Brent Roberts
Dave Mainwaring
Kirsten Delinicolis
Jacqui Blore
Deborah Clare
Jackie Kightly
Margaret Maddocks
Ken Davies
Claire Lee
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  • Andrew Davies
    signed 2021-11-27 11:17:15 +0000
  • Stacey Blundell
    signed 2021-11-27 11:17:00 +0000
    Another fine example of wrexham Council leaving iconic buildings to crumble so the only option becomes demolish!
  • Julie Jones
    signed 2021-11-27 11:07:45 +0000
  • Ffion Roberts
    signed 2021-11-27 09:35:45 +0000
  • Alison Corley-Rhodes
    signed 2021-11-27 08:51:14 +0000
  • Wendy Preston
    signed 2021-11-27 08:45:24 +0000
  • Nigel Ecclestone
    signed 2021-11-27 08:09:07 +0000
    Old heritage buildings need to stay up when they are NOT In disrepair
  • Phil Phillips
    signed 2021-11-27 02:06:12 +0000
  • Vera Barnett
    signed 2021-11-27 00:54:56 +0000
    A beautiful building which apparently is still structurally sound. To demolish this would be criminal.
  • Laura Williams
    signed 2021-11-27 00:15:56 +0000
    Save our old buildings they will be the future for our young children
  • Robert Fawcett
    signed 2021-11-26 22:49:33 +0000
  • Claire Smith
    signed 2021-11-26 22:41:52 +0000
  • Wendy Kelly
    signed 2021-11-26 22:34:00 +0000
  • E Williams
    signed 2021-11-26 21:54:50 +0000
  • Jennifer Harding
    signed 2021-11-26 21:27:23 +0000
  • Sarah Jones
    signed 2021-11-26 21:21:37 +0000
  • Julian Whitfield
    signed 2021-11-26 21:16:30 +0000
    Let’s keep this beautiful building. Too much of our heritage has been taken away already.
  • Elaine Thomas
    signed 2021-11-26 21:11:13 +0000
    Wrexham has very few beautiful an substantial buildings left. There are those on the council who would see them demolished and replaced instrad of reusing these amazing structures

  • Tracy Wright
    signed 2021-11-26 20:32:06 +0000
  • Daryl McCarthy
    signed 2021-11-26 20:23:46 +0000
  • Jill Doble
    signed 2021-11-26 19:47:27 +0000
  • Brent Roberts
    signed 2021-11-26 19:33:58 +0000
  • Dave Mainwaring
    signed 2021-11-26 19:28:42 +0000
  • Kirsten Delinicolis
    signed 2021-11-26 19:27:29 +0000
  • Jacqui Blore
    signed 2021-11-26 19:20:19 +0000
  • Deborah Clare
    signed 2021-11-26 19:18:19 +0000
  • Jackie Kightly
    signed 2021-11-26 19:05:09 +0000
    Demolishing this building would be a waste of a good structure. It would be better to retrofit and preserve it, in terms of carbon emissions used and in terms of our Wrexham heritage.
  • Margaret Maddocks
    signed 2021-11-26 18:34:48 +0000
  • Ken Davies
    signed 2021-11-26 18:18:15 +0000
  • Claire Lee
    signed 2021-11-26 18:04:52 +0000

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