Llay twins leading fight against housing plan


Jonathan Grieve

TWIN sisters fighting a housing development on green space land have collected more than 2,000 signatures.

Milly Smith and Gwen Doherty, both 67, are petitioning against the development of houses on land near Nant y Gaer Road, Llay, known locally as Hayward’s Field.

The proposals are for 21 affordable homes, made up of 12 one-bedroom flats, six
two-bedroom homes and three bungalows.

Mrs Smith said she and her sister had fond memories of the playing field, since moving to the village 48 years ago.

“My husband is born and bred in Llay and he grew up playing on the field, as did our children,” she said. “Now our grandchildren play on there, as do my sister’s family. It is a real family affair and the whole village is behind us in stopping this development. Llay has lost a similar green by the Welfare and if this goes too there will be nowhere for children to play.

“Every Friday members of the Bethel Baptist Church meet the children on the field and take them for activities such as games and football – they all volunteer and provide them with refreshments and hours of enjoyment. That will all be lost.”

She added: “The council talk about an obesity problem and getting children healthy, but then we face losing our playing fields and village greens. How does that make sense?

“Everyone has been wishing us good luck and we are hopeful the development can be stopped.

“What is most annoying is there are knocking down the old school, which is bigger than the green space – so why can’t they build the houses there?

“Everyone in the community is together on this.”

Llay councillor Terry Boland said: “There is a shortage of housing in Wrexham and we do need more but this field is being used by residents.

“We are losing a lot of green space in Llay.

“It’s a lovely little field. I wouldn’t be fighting for a piece of dirt in the middle of nowhere that no one uses. The people have made their feelings known and the council should listen to them.”

But fellow Llay councillor Malcolm Taylor says the land isn’t regularly used and hopes the development goes ahead.

In February a presentation was given by representatives from Wrexham Council and Wales and West Housing Association, explaining plans for the development.

Wales and West Housing said as well as homes there would be green spaces for public use and a public footpath running close to the development would not be affected.

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