THE MAN behind the marina proposals in Cefn Mawr says he has been “overwhelmed” by the public response to the scheme.

About 1,350 individual letters in support of the £15m project were handed into Wrexham Council on Friday.

Back in June, the Plas Kynaston Canal and Marina Group officially submitted the plans and have asked for them to be included in the authority’s forthcoming local development plan (LDP).

Since then the group has been busy collecting letters of support for the plan which is to extend the Llangollen canal and to build a marina for 60 boats on the site of the former Flexsys factory.

The group gave the individual letters to the council on the final day of the consultation period into the LDP for Wrexham.

Dave Metcalfe, the group leader of the Plas Kynaston Canal and Marina Group, has been putting in 16 hour days working on the plans.

He says the support has been “overwhelming” and feels the 1,350 letters will help make their case for the plans to be part of LDP.

It is expected that the planning inspectorate for Wales will then consider whether the marina plan can form part of the LDP.

Mr Metcalfe said: “The people of Cefn Mawr, surrounding villages and our supporters from all over the country have spoken, I only hope the right people are listening.

“I can’t say thank you enough to everybody who has filled the forms in.

“We have been canvassing every single high street shop and pubs and everybody is quite enthusiastic about it.

“Everybody can see how much it will benefit the area.

“I feel very, very confident and the plans are progressing.

“We have got the public support, it’s getting the council on board.”

Dave added that the Plas Kynaston Canal and Marina Group are currently looking for more members.

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