A COMMUNITY leader has expressed disgust at the lack of consultation with residents over the new super prison.
Abenbury Community Council leader Cllr Ray Squire, a long-time opponent of the super-prison, said he had conceded defeat in the battle.
Cllr Squire said: “The people here are concerned about what is going to be on their doorsteps and they have never been consulted with by Wrexham Council or anyone else.
“When you think there are going to be criminals in this prison, the fact that Wrexham Council has never come to allay the fears of the people here is unbelievable.
“It’s a stone’s throw away from our homes and the people here should be concerned about it.”
Cllr Squire said he was told by Wrexham Council the people of Pentre Maelor would have the chance to oppose the prison during the planning process, but he feels that will be too late.
He said: “It’s like closing the gate after the horse has bolted. We can’t do anything about it anymore. We have made our protest and it has been a waste of time because we have never been taken into account.
“We should at least have been spoken to before anything like this was decided.”
Pentre Maelor resident Janet Crowther, whose house faces the prison site, said she was worried about the impact the prison would have on the community safety.
She said: “I was born around here and I remember when it was all farms. We do not want a prison.
“I am not bothered about house prices or anything like that but I do worry about the community.
“People are already wary about letting their kids out and this will only get worse if you don’t know who is around visiting these people in prison, the area is going to be less safe.”
But nearby resident Beryl Williams thinks the opposite.
She said: “We will be the safest houses around here. I can’t see that the prison is going to bother us too much.
“If we’d have all said no, the thing would have come here anyway so we need to get used to it.”