Chirk mini tower to be focus of planning application

Reporter:

Phil Robinson

THE public will today get its first 3D sight of a massive dragon tower that could become a regional landmark next year.

Erbistock art dealer Simon Wingett aims to build the 40 metre tower on land just off the A483 near Chirk as a monument to Welsh culture and as a way of raising money for the cancer charity set up by his late father, Frank.

Overlooking Wrexham and the borderlands, the £6 million development would feature viewing areas, an art gallery, bar, restaurant and space for language study.

It would be topped by a 25m tall dragon, made from a mixture of bronze and steel.

Mr Wingett will formally submit a planning application for his dream project to the council offices in Lambpit Street at noon today.

He will also proudly show off a 20th scale model of the dragon, which itself stands an impressive 4ft tall and has a wingspan of 8ft.

Also on hand will be the team that has helped him put the plan together, including Yorkshire-based sculptor Steve Winterburn who created the dragon and also crafted the model.

Mr Wingett said: “There will be something of a ceremony to formally kick off the project in style.

“People will have their first chance to see the dragon in 3D and find out more about what we are trying to do.

“I will also have it on show at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod tomorrow where thousands of people from across the world will be able to see it.

“I am having brochures produced and flyers printed to hand out at the eisteddfod.”

Mr Wingett said he still had aspirations to see building work start in August next year.

He added that he planned to launch his appeal for Welsh people across the world to each contribute at least £1 towards the building costs.

He had also, he said, started up lists for people who had already pledged money to the project, whether it was “buying” a step in the tower or a branch of Mabinogion tree which he intends to plant in the landscaped area surrounding the base of the tower.

Mr Wingett said the submission of the planning application was an important step in the process of bringing the project to reality.

“If people see this going in it is something tangible and anyone can then go and have a look at it,” he explained.

He has already unveiled his plans to residents in Chirk and gained some favourable feedback.

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