£6m dragon tower project for Chirk moves a step closer

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Matt Sims

PLANS to build a massive dragon tower in Chirk could move a step closer next week as leading councillors meet to discuss selling or transferring land to developers.

The mooted structure, which could cost up to £6 million, is the brainchild of auctioneer Simon Wingett, who has set up the Frank Wingett Cancer Appeal - in memory of his late father - to take a lead on the project.

The 200ft high creation, located on land off the A5 at Halton Roundabout, would house an art gallery, 100-seat cafe bar, 125-seat restaurant, and space for language study.

On Tuesday, members of Wrexham Council's executive board will meet to consider whether to grant an option on the council-owned land to enable the charity to develop it’s project for the iconic structure.

Once that has been done, a proposal to either sell or transfer the land would be brought back to the council for a final decision to be made.

A planning application, separate to the issues involving the land sale, is due to be considered in June.

Steven Bayley, the council’s chief economic development officer, said: “This particular proposal would provide a monumental piece of art and visitor attraction.

“If this goes ahead and is successful it will bring huge economic benefits to the county.”

When asked whether the land would be sold or transferred by the council to developers, he said this had yet to be decided and added: “The land has yet to be independently valued. It requires a third party valuation to support our own.”

The Frank Wingett Cancer Appeal, officers and members of Wrexham Council and Visit Wales staff are taking the lead on developing the project.

Simon Wingett, youngest son of the late well-known local businessman, says funding would come from Visit Wales Single Investment Fund, Finance Wales, NatWest Bank, investment banks, the Frank Wingett appeal, sponsorship and gift aid.

It is expected that about 50 jobs would be created.

Mr Wingett believes the tower could raise £1 million a year, with visitor entrance fees going to the cancer appeal.

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