Feelings run high as fate of Wrexham's old Groves school is debated by council

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Staff reporter (Leader Live)

TENSIONS were high at a meeting of Wrexham Council when the fate of the Groves school was once again on the agenda.

A notice of motion was made at the full council meeting that requested the executive board revisit its decision to demolish the old Groves school building in Wrexham.

However deputy mayor Cllr John Pritchard, who was chairing the meeting, elected to refer the motion to the next meeting of the executive board while enquiries about the building’s future remain ongoing.

Welsh environmental service CADW received a submission in February requesting that the Groves be given listed building status and therefore protected from demolition, a bid that has been supported by many including AM Ken Skates, the deputy minister for culture, sport and tourism.

However a number of councillors and members of the public were concerned that the building would be demolished before this review is completed, accusing the deputy mayor of dodging the issue when he was asked about the fate of the building.

Cllr Dana Davies said: “We are now seeking assurance that the building will not be demolished in the interim while the listing is being progressed.”

Cllr Malcolm King reiterated Cllr Davies’ concerns, saying: “This council is dodging the issue. It does the reputation of this council no good whatsoever.

“This is a matter of importance to Wrexham and its heritage and economic future. Dodging this does no good for Wrexham and its future.

“There are a lot of people in Wrexham who feel that you are dodging the issue while you misuse the powers of this council to ignore the will of Welsh government.”

Leader of the council Cllr Mark Pritchard, sought to allay people’s fears, saying: “I think the common sense approach is the right approach here. Nothing will be done with the building until a decision has been reached and we will wait for a decision from CADW.”

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