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

David Willis-Wainwright
Sharon Williams
John Henry
Clare Wynne
Mark Borthwick
Phyllis Davies
Lynne Williams
Sarah Roberts
Chelsea Jones
Nigel Whitby
Matt Rhys-Roberts
Gwenda Strong
Adrian Medcalf
Carol Owen
Andrew Edwards
Jessica Billington
Andrew Keith Gregory
Jacqueline Ryan
Brett Jones
Amanda Shone
Huw Marshall
Geraint Morris
Sharon Turner
Julie Davies
Clare Stringer
Dawn Tynan
Harriet Vine-Groombridge
Abbi Griffiths
Jason Bellis-Jones
222 signatures

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Showing 182 reactions

  • David Willis-Wainwright
    signed 2021-05-18 08:30:14 +0100
    So annoyed with WXM council yet again demolishing our heritage. Will they ever learn from Chesters example of preservation of buildings of character.
  • Sharon Williams
    signed 2021-05-18 08:00:23 +0100
  • John Henry
    signed 2021-05-17 18:18:30 +0100
  • Clare Wynne
    signed 2021-05-17 13:11:38 +0100
  • Mark Borthwick
    signed 2020-02-27 09:05:14 +0000
  • Phyllis Davies
    signed 2020-02-09 22:14:57 +0000
  • Lynne Williams
    signed 2020-02-09 15:27:47 +0000
    Wrexham is in one of the lowest places on the Welsh Historic Interest Index. We simply can’t afford to demolish what little heritage we have left. While our town can benefit from new decelopment, we should not modernize our community at the expense of these important buildings. Buildings, such as the old Vicarage in Rhosddu form the very fabric of our community Identity, forging a connection between our past and present.
  • Sarah Roberts
    signed 2020-02-09 13:37:20 +0000
  • Chelsea Jones
    signed 2020-02-07 12:18:59 +0000
  • Nigel Whitby
    signed 2020-02-07 00:04:00 +0000
    It is a visually unique building in its local area, can be repurposed to any use, makes sense as you will never see this type of build again!! Give an architect a chance of showing its potential..
  • Matt Rhys-Roberts
    signed 2020-02-06 23:22:21 +0000
    Save this building, and actually consult the community for the most vibrant ideas that would embrace it as part of a brighter and more sociable neighbourhood. I think there’s more than enough over-provision for big businesses throughout the borough now.
  • Gwenda Strong
    signed 2020-02-06 22:39:29 +0000
    It is part of the history and culture of Wrexham, and should not be demolished.
  • Adrian Medcalf
    signed via 2020-02-06 19:35:41 +0000
  • Carol Owen
    signed via 2020-02-06 19:03:47 +0000
  • Andrew Edwards
    signed 2020-02-06 18:18:14 +0000
  • Jessica Billington
    signed 2020-02-06 17:49:26 +0000
  • Andrew Keith Gregory
    signed 2020-02-06 17:29:46 +0000
  • Jacqueline Ryan
    signed 2020-02-06 16:00:41 +0000
    This building had a buyer who would have looked after the building with no cost the the Council
  • Brett Jones
    signed 2020-02-06 15:10:43 +0000
    I can see this from my bedroom and to see it gone would be a shame. I call for a group to run community activities and events to work in this space and others areound the area that works for the year 2020 and not focusing on the past that doesnt attract anyone anymore.
  • Amanda Shone
    signed 2020-02-06 14:50:48 +0000
  • Huw Marshall 🏴
    @Marshallmedia tweeted link to this page. 2020-02-06 14:49:17 +0000
    Sign the petition: Don't demolish old Rhosddu Vicarage
  • Huw Marshall
    signed via 2020-02-06 14:48:44 +0000
  • Geraint Morris
    signed via 2020-02-06 14:39:32 +0000
    Rhosddu would distinctly benefit from more community hubs, this building would be ideal. See no point in demolition.
  • Sharon Turner
    signed 2020-02-06 14:36:40 +0000
  • Julie Davies
    signed 2020-02-06 14:26:25 +0000
  • Clare Stringer
    signed 2020-02-06 14:23:53 +0000
  • Dawn Tynan
    signed 2020-02-06 14:17:16 +0000
  • Harriet Vine-Groombridge
    signed 2020-02-06 14:11:12 +0000
  • Abbi Griffiths
    signed 2020-02-06 14:00:09 +0000
  • Jason Bellis-Jones
    signed 2020-02-06 13:59:21 +0000

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