THE preservation of Brymbo Steelworks heritage hinges on more funding needed to carry out emergency work on the buildings.
North Wales Assembly Member Mark Isherwood has called on the Welsh Government to ensure CADW pays for the urgent emergency work needed to preserve the ironworks buildings at the steelworks.
Earlier this week the Heritage Lottery Fund pledged £97,000 and called the site a unique surviving example of an 18th century ironworks.
Brymbo Heritage Group (BHG) hopes to create a heritage area, set up guided tours and gather oral histories or memories of former workers as well as digitise 3,000 old photographs and other material to produce learning materials for local schools, colleges and universities.
But Mr Isherwood has warned the whole project still relies on money from CADW.
During a statement at the Senedd in Cardiff, he said: “You may have heard the good news that they have secured £100,000 in heritage lottery funding to preserve and celebrate the history of Brymbo, capturing memories of former workers and so on.
“There is also the good news of the approval of Brymbo Developments Ltd’s planning applications, allowing access to the heritage site.
“However, the BHG is saying that everything now hinges on CADW funding to preserve and safeguard the ironworks buildings.
“I would be grateful, as this is a matter that has been raised many times before, and as we are approaching another winter, for an urgent statement regarding CADW’S discussions with Wrexham Council and its proposals to put that funding in place before we lose more of that priceless heritage.”
The minister for local government and government business, Lesley Griffiths, told Mr Isherwood: “I am sure that discussions are ongoing with the minister regarding CADW.”
Brymbo’s industrial roots go back to about 1761 when John ‘Iron Mad’ Wilkinson and his younger brother took over the running of a furnace at Bersham, near Wrexham, from their father.
John Wilkinson went on to buy Brymbo Hall and built two blast furnaces nearby marking the beginning of what was to become Brymbo Steelworks.
Landowners Brymbo Developments Limited (BDL) took over the reclamation after the steelworks closed in 1990 with housing being built on some of the sprawling site.
The BHG has spent the last 10 years trying to protect heritage at other parts of the site amid concern that some buildings have started to deteriorate.