Llangollen threatens to switch councils if supermarket plan is approved

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AN ASTONISHING scheme to transfer Llangollen from Denbighshire to Wrexham Borough is being hatched as fury over supermarket plans for the town escalate.

And Llangollen Chamber of Trade and Tourism has already spent £5,000 getting ready to move councils.

Chairwoman of the chamber Stephanie Booth said the audacious move between councils has never been done before and there were no legal obstacles in the way to do it.

If the planning application by Vivod Holdings to build a superstore on Cilmedw Farm are passed Mrs Booth said the chamber is ready to ask the electoral society to change the town’s council and so Wrexham can revoke the supermarket plans.

“I have checked with Wrexham County Borough Council and they would welcome Llangollen and are 100 per cent against the supermarket,” said Mrs Booth.

"We can organise a referendum very very quickly.

“We have everything ready to go and have all the forms organised, it could be done in about a month.

“We have spent £5,000 on various environmental surveys and have asked groups like Friends of the Earth to write to Denbighshire County Council to object.”

“Wrexham is more committed to our vision as to what the town should be,” she added.

"Denbighshire County Council is a coastal organisation... all the money is spent on Rhyl and Prestatyn.

“We are really the only tourism attraction at the other end and we get ignored.

“Wrexham think Llangollen would be the jewel in the crown.”

Mrs Booth said plans about moving councils had been ‘brewing for a long time’.

“There was a referendum years ago but a small majority voted to stay with Denbighshire," she added.

"I think the people who wanted to stay with the county council now feel they’ve made a mistake.

"You go and have a look at Ruthin and the affect of a supermarket there."

Mrs Booth said it felt like World War III was breaking out and she wasn’t used to losing.

Clwyd South MP Martyn Jones is also backing the chamber’s plans.

A spokeswoman for Denbighshire County Council said: “As with any planning application, a statutory process needs to be followed. The consultation period remains open, and all residents and businesses can submit representations on planning related grounds at the moment.

“The application will be considered in due course.”

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