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

Helen Parry
Geoff Hayes
Paul Roberts
Lynne Field
Tracey Williams
Pat Collis
David Bisson
Dorcas Jarvis
Amanda Neal
Sharon Rowlands
Brendan Murray
Amy Rowland
Jack Jones
David Hughes
Michael Horsfall
Chris Jones
Ant Tomlinson
Mark8 Jones
Timothy Thomas
Kerrison Griffiths
Vicki Lloyd
Carl Howell
Sharon Hughes
Catherine Smith
John Smith
Julia Francis
Karen Edwards
Ann Williams
Marcus Jones
David jones
222 signatures

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  • 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
  • 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.
  • Amanda Neal
    signed 2021-05-19 21:37:06 +0100
  • Sharon Rowlands
    signed 2021-05-19 21:34:59 +0100
  • Brendan Murray
    signed 2021-05-19 21:34:40 +0100
  • Amy Rowland
    signed 2021-05-19 21:18:03 +0100
  • Jack Jones
    signed 2021-05-19 20:48:58 +0100
  • David Hughes
    signed 2021-05-19 12:43:00 +0100
    If WCBC is serious about sustainability (see today’s headline about electric vehicle charging) it should consider sustainable re-use of its building stock
  • Michael Horsfall
    signed 2021-05-19 00:50:54 +0100
  • Chris Jones
    signed 2021-05-19 00:04:42 +0100
  • Ant Tomlinson
    signed 2021-05-18 23:25:27 +0100
  • Mark8 Jones
    signed 2021-05-18 22:25:35 +0100
  • Timothy Thomas
    signed 2021-05-18 22:22:24 +0100
  • Kerrison Griffiths
    signed 2021-05-18 19:48:20 +0100
  • Vicki Lloyd
    signed 2021-05-18 19:34:52 +0100
  • Carl Howell
    signed 2021-05-18 19:30:31 +0100
    Wrexham heritage needs to be saved for future generations, I hope wcbc listen to the people of this town for once.
  • Sharon Hughes
    signed 2021-05-18 19:14:09 +0100
  • Catherine Smith
    signed 2021-05-18 19:00:12 +0100
    The old vicarage is part of Rhosddu’s heritage and should be kept for use as a community hub. And why are meetings about it’s future so shrouded in secrecy – what is really going on ??
  • John Smith
    signed 2021-05-18 18:49:10 +0100
  • Julia Francis
    signed 2021-05-18 12:15:40 +0100
  • Karen Edwards
    signed 2021-05-18 10:51:19 +0100
  • Ann Williams
    signed 2021-05-18 10:46:05 +0100
    Why demolish the beautiful buildings and leave far more eye-sores to demoralise the area?!
  • Marcus Jones
    signed 2021-05-18 10:00:51 +0100
    Continued demolition of buildings such as this one, will leave the town devoid of all character. That’s not good for the people who live here, and not good for the towns wider profile.

    Wrexham Council needs to have a serious look at itself, because right now, it’s not representing the views of the majority of its residents.

    A long term heritage strategy is clearly lacking. Whilst there might be one on paper, it only exists to tick a few boxes. Acting upon it requires a more refined and educated leadership.
  • David jones
    signed 2021-05-18 09:34:12 +0100

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