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

Ian Gallanders
Tim Williams
Cherie Davies
Kelly Davies
Smaali Karen
Lesley Holmes
Simon Johnson
Hazel Allen
Claire Roberts
Iola Emmanuel
Maggie Smith
Michael Young
Michael Simpson
Joy Mccourt
Brian Challinor
Juliet Douthwaite
Hywel Johnson
Llinos Edwards
Joy Platt
Brenda Jones
Gary Cunningham
Pamela Stevens
Rosemary Griffiths
Lynne Lewis
Antony Dickinson
Julie Grant
Frances Younson
Bethan Roberts
Colin Ridgway
222 signatures

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  • Ian Gallanders
    signed 2021-11-26 17:58:10 +0000
  • Tim Williams
    signed 2021-11-26 17:47:49 +0000
  • Cherie Davies
    signed 2021-11-26 16:52:06 +0000
  • Kelly Davies
    signed 2021-11-26 16:49:24 +0000
  • Smaali Karen
    signed 2021-11-26 16:12:56 +0000
    This is a part of the heritage of Rhosddu and Wrexham. We are losing far too much of our heritage in Wrexham. This beautiful building is in keeping with its surrounding buildings apart from the Wrexham Council Former Wrens Nest and Community Living Offices and centre which are absolute eyesores and would be better off demolished.

    WCBC councillors are elected to represent the wishes of the public and should make all decisions in public, not in closed meetings. This denies the right to public representation. It appears that WCBC are intent on ignoring the wishes of its people when the future of any older building is concerned. Insistent on replacing everything with ugly so called modern pitiful attempts at architecture.
  • Lesley Holmes
    signed 2021-11-26 15:52:27 +0000
    I’ve walked and driven past this beautiful building for 63 years, I went to Rhosddu school with one of the Vicars children. Please don’t spoil what’s left of our Heritage, and future Generations. Wrexham have lost all the beautiful old black and white buildings which made our Town stand out , if this Church House goes too there won’t be very much left of the Town apart from the very few Churches , Will they be targeted next?
  • Simon Johnson
    signed 2021-11-26 15:51:53 +0000
  • Peter Howell
    @WelshPeteH tweeted link to this page. 2021-11-26 15:51:47 +0000
    Sign the petition: Don't demolish old Rhosddu Vicarage
  • Hazel Allen
    signed 2021-11-26 15:43:49 +0000
  • Claire Roberts
    signed 2021-11-26 15:40:31 +0000
  • Iola Emmanuel
    signed 2021-11-26 15:33:52 +0000
  • Maggie Smith
    signed 2021-11-26 15:29:23 +0000
    I grew up in Rhosddu and cannot believe that it a good idea to destroy this lovely old building. Recycle!!
  • Michael Young
    signed 2021-11-26 15:27:44 +0000
  • Michael Simpson
    signed 2021-11-26 15:21:42 +0000
  • Joy Mccourt
    signed 2021-11-26 15:19:24 +0000
  • Brian Challinor
    signed 2021-11-26 15:17:53 +0000
    We must stop these criminals demolishing this building
  • Juliet Douthwaite
    signed 2021-11-26 15:08:07 +0000
  • Hywel Johnson
    signed via 2021-06-08 15:08:26 +0100
  • Llinos Edwards
    signed via 2021-06-08 11:12:03 +0100
  • Joy Platt
    signed 2021-06-08 10:11:20 +0100
    Lovely building. Wrexham Council need to stop demolishing Wrexham’s history and improve and repurpose instead.
  • Brenda Jones
    signed 2021-06-01 13:42:19 +0100
    I urge the Council to think again. Look at the example of the old St. Mary’s Church in Bangor, Gwynedd. Money has been successfully found (from Fran Wen and I think WG) to create a wonderful cultural community resource. There are options which could be explored.
  • Gary Cunningham
    signed 2021-05-31 10:18:05 +0100
  • Pamela Stevens
    signed 2021-05-31 05:15:32 +0100
  • Rosemary Griffiths
    signed 2021-05-30 08:59:07 +0100
  • Lynne Lewis
    signed 2021-05-29 12:00:25 +0100
    I am angry about WMBC ‘s decision they are to eager to demolish our history. Shame on you.
  • Antony Dickinson
    signed 2021-05-28 23:18:28 +0100
    This building is a dwindling part of what’s left of Wrexham’s heritage and should be saved for future generation’s
  • Julie Grant
    signed 2021-05-28 19:58:28 +0100
    As a former resident of Rhosddu I feel the restoration of old buildings like this should be a priority to preserve the history of the borough.
  • Frances Younson
    signed 2021-05-28 18:29:21 +0100
    There are a lot of options that should be considered for this building rather than demolition.
  • Bethan Roberts
    signed 2021-05-28 09:40:19 +0100
  • Colin Ridgway
    signed 2021-05-28 09:39:01 +0100

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