Wrexham bus station set for 'deep clean'

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WREXHAM’S bus station may be in line for a serious wash and scrub-up.

A “deep clean” is being considered for the whole building.

Councillors say the dirty inside of the station is letting the town down.

Brymbo Cllr Paul Rogers said: “For the last couple of months I’ve been raising concerns with officers about the condition of it.

“On the evenings and weekends the bins are overflowing and the floor is not being cleaned.

“Even the walls and ceiling are dirty. If you look up at the ceiling, it’s absolutely black.

There are columns where the paint is coming off and the timetable displays are looking tacky.”

King Street, where the station is located, has been branded a gateway to Wrexham town centre by Wrexham Council.

Last year it was announced the street was to undergo a £1.4million transformation after funding was secured for major improvements.

Cllr Rogers said: “What’s the point in spending all this money on the street scene in King Street, when we can’t get the basics right with the inside of the bus station?

“It’s people’s first impression,” he said, “It’s not good for coach parties coming in to see. If we’re going to make Wrexham a place to visit we have to get the basics right.”

He said the station also had a reputation for “harbouring drunks” and having problems with anti-social behaviour.

Gwersyllt West Cllr Arfon Jones agreed. He said the bus station was letting Wrexham down. “I don’t think it does a lot for the town,” he said. “It’s awful in there. It stinks. I don’t find it a particularly safe place.

“My mother lives in Harlech and she travels here by bus on occasion.

“I wouldn’t want to leave her on her own in there. I always stay with her until she gets on the bus. You don’t get the feeling of being safe there. And if the gents’ toilets are not closed they stink.”

He said under the previous administration the council had agreed to outsource the running of the bus station, but the plan never came to fruition.

A spokesman for Wrexham Council said it was recognised action needed to be taken: "The council recognises that an asset such as the bus station, which is heavily used, will require more upkeep over time and as it is one of the main gateways into Wrexham it needs to be maintained to a satisfactory standard.

“We do need to take action and we are currently looking at the possibility of a deep clean of the whole building and the day to day security and cleaning of the station."

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