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Peter Hain backs plans for Wrexham dragon tower

Published date: 15 March 2010 |
Published by: Phil Robinson
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WELSH Secretary Peter Hain is backing plans for a 125ft tower topped by an enormous Welsh dragon on Wrexham’s border.

Speaking during an official visit to a Chirk school, Mr Hain said he had seen the Leader’s coverage earlier this month of the ambitious scheme, the brainchild of Erbistock-based art dealer Simon Wingett.

Mr Wingett aims to raise £6million to create the landmark building as a way of raising £1million a year for cancer charities in memory of his late father who died from the disease, and a centre to promote the Welsh language and culture.

He has earmarked a site owned by Wrexham Council just off the A483, close to the McDonald’s restaurant.

During a visit to Chirk Infant School on Friday to see its successful breakfast club, Mr Hain said: “I have seen the Leader’s story about the dragon tower and I think it’s a great idea.

“Of course, it’s not down to me to decide on it but just as the Angel of the North in the North East of England makes a statement, I think the dragon tower could make a statement here in Wales.

“The dragon is fine by me.”

The land on which Mr Wingett hopes to build the tower is also one of three possible locations detailed in Wrexham’s Local Development Plan for a new gipsy and traveller site.

Mr Wingett believes the tower, crowned by the 75ft red dragon, would provide the perfect gateway to Wales from neighbouring Shropshire.

A planning application is due to be considered by the council in June.
Mr Hain did not comment on this as Secretary of State.

Mr Wingett said of Mr Hain’s endorsement of his plan: “This is super news.
“We want everyone to say this is a great idea and to make it happen.

“The plan is rolling along at a good pace but there is still an awful lot of work to be done.”

On his visit to Chirk, Mr Hain also stated his initial backing – given exclusively to the Leader in January – for any bid by Wrexham to become a city in the latest round of bidding announced late last year.

He said: “Wrexham has a proud history and is one of the best-known towns in Britain.

“It is famous for its railways, its history, its modern technology and now its university at Glyndwr.

“Getting city status would be a great achievement and well deserved.”

Mr Hain said his visit to the Chirk school and his previous day’s engagements at the Toyota plant on Deeside and the Air Products Sports and Social Club in Acrefair meant the General Election campaign had “effectively started".

He had warm words for the Chirk breakfast club, which he said ensured children had a full stomach on which to start the day and freed up parents for work.

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  1. Posted by: Roland Cleth at 11:00 on 15 March 2010 Report

    Hmmmm. Peter Hain likes it. All of a sudden, I'm not sure that my initial enthusiasm was correct. There's obviously a catch.

  2. Posted by: Hen ddraig at 11:39 on 15 March 2010 Report

    "Peter Hain likes it" Thats the kiss of death for that project then!

  3. Posted by: a cahill at 12:24 on 15 March 2010 Report

    Never before in the history of Britain have so many words of so little substance been spoken by so few.... before or after School clubs are of little value to the industial workers of Wrexham, continental shifts or six o'clock starts.. proposed cuts in public service funding and staff with its knock on effect may mean that there is even less need for them in the near future

  4. Posted by: GBoycott at 12:36 on 15 March 2010 Report

    Hain: “Wrexham has a proud history and is one of the best-known towns in Britain. “It is famous for its railways, its history, its modern technology and now its university at Glyndwr. Care to give us any examples Mr Hain, as according to you our history consists of railways and more more history. The man has no dignity, you only have to look at his appearances on QT to know how he will favour anything if it gets him a round of applause.

  5. Posted by: yachydda at 14:17 on 15 March 2010 Report

    Hain says “Getting city status would be a great achievement and well deserved.” Hang on a minute... whats this got to do with City status ?... and what railway history does Wrexham have?... although I do agree with the dragon project.. I think he is just on another election trail... what a load of bunkum !!!

  6. Posted by: tommy at 14:19 on 15 March 2010 Report

    hain...the ultimate opportunist politico.Jumped on the lefty bandwagon back in the 70's and morphed into a slimeball of gargantuan proportions having more business interests than is healthy for your average political chancer. If he supports this ridiculous project it will because somehow,directly or indirectly he will be on the make.

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