THE future of Wrexham FC's Racecourse ground has been safeguarded.
Wrexham Council has supported fans' pleas to have The Racecourse formally protected for leisure use in its long-term planning blueprint.
About 9,000 people - including some from as far away as Australia and Canada - have so far signed a petition started by the Red Passion website to have the Mold Road stadium officially safeguarded in the Local Development Plan (LDP).
The LDP suggests the area’s sub-regional sports stadia should be protected from any development which would result in the loss of all or part of the principal use of the sites.
However, although it states in the preamble that protection should extend to The Racecourse - along with Wrexham Tennis Centre, Queensway athletics stadium and Bangor-on-Dee racecourse - it does not name any of them in the main body of the plan.
At a planning committee meeting today (Tuesday, February 16), Brynyffynnon councillor Phil Wynn proposed this loophole should be closed and The Racecourse to be named specifically.
This was approved and a recommendation will now be made to the council’s executive board that the amendment is added to the plan’s final draft.
After six weeks of public consultation the final word on the plan will rest with a Welsh Assembly Government inspector.
One of the petition’s organisers, Toby Clarke, said: “On behalf of the 9,000 people who have so far signed the petition I am delighted at this development.
“It is Red Passion’s belief that the Racecourse should be protected as an important facility for the whole community.
“I am sure famous players from Wrexham’s past would also be very pleased that it will now be formally safeguarded in the LDP.”
Hadyn Taylor, a spokesman for Wrexham Supporters’ Trust, said: “The trust has always backed the Red Passion petition and we are very happy that Phil Wynn was able to get this measure of protection approved by the committee.”
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