Bwlchgwyn Centre sell-off plan under fire

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VILLAGERS fighting to save a community centre are involved in a legal wrangle with Wrexham Council which has been accused of “changing the plan”.

In line with a number of centres throughout the area, Bwlchgwyn Centre on King George’s Field in the village is facing the axe because of Wrexham Council cutbacks.

Backed with £5,000 from Brymbo Community Council, a group of residents has gained charity status and the Village Hall Association has entered into talks with Wrexham Council as owner of the premises – the only community facility in Bwlchgwyn.

Group members say they were led to believe they could rent or lease the premises
Now Brymbo Community Council, which covers the area involved, has been told Wrexham Council wants to sell the centre.

Cllr Melina Jones, who represents Bwlchgwyn on the community council, told colleagues: “This is not what the residents want.

“They were told by Wrexham officials that the premises could be leased or rented. Wrexham has changed the plan and it is not fair.”

The King George’s Field was granted to the then Brymbo Parish Council for the people of Bwlchgwyn in 1937.

It later was transferred to the present Brymbo Community Council.

The former Wrexham Rural Council built the centre on the field and it was passed onto Wrexham Council who said if the centre was not funded by the community council, it would be closed. This led to the formation of the Village Association.

County Cllr Paul Rogers and Cllr Mike Shone agreed the council should handle the situation carefully as it could face costly legal fees if it got involved in a dispute.

Community leaders are now awaiting a meeting between Wrexham Council and the Village Association before deciding on their next move.

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