HAVE YOUR SAY: Traders join call for Wrexham to get city status

Published date: 17 March 2010 |
Published by: Phil Robinson
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TOWN centre traders have joined the growing clamour for Wrexham to be granted city status.

The town is expected to be a prime contender after the government announced a fresh competition for cities to be created to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Wrexham lost out to Newport when a similar competition was run in 2002, but this time backing for a renewed bid has already come from Welsh Secretary Peter Hain and First Minister Carwyn Jones.

Kevin Critchley, manager of the Eagles Meadow shopping centre, said: “We’d be on top of the world if we achieved city status. It would be a massive fillip for the town and for business in the town.

“Eagles Meadow has enhanced Wrexham’s credentials as a shopping centre and city status would make us an even more attractive destination for shoppers and visitors.”

Fishmonger Tim Wooldridge, of Tim’s For Fish in Eagles Meadow, said: “Wrexham has a lot going for it. People say Wrexham is the capital of North Wales so it would be appropriate for it to be a city.

“Hopefully it would bring more investment and funding into the town and the area as well.”

On a visit to Chirk last Friday, Welsh Secretary Peter Hain said: “Wrexham has a proud history and is one of the best-known towns in Britain.

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

Wrexham MP Ian Lucas has already called for cross-party support for a Wrexham campaign and he said: “There has always been a strong sense of local pride in Wrexham and in its status as the main town in North Wales.

“Securing its status as a Welsh city would be a real boost for North Wales as a whole.”

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  1. Posted by: yachydda at 11:27 on 17 March 2010 Report

    And Wrexham council would mess things up that much it would be impossible to sell a peanut... get a completely new council first then think about City status... Getting City status would not sort out the congestion in would only put more money in the wrong hands

  2. Posted by: karen at 12:10 on 17 March 2010 Report

    " “Eagles Meadow has enhanced Wrexham’s credentials as a shopping centre " - Its also resulted in the town centre becoming a retail graveyard and has destroyed the character of the town in my opinion.

  3. Posted by: GBoycott at 12:22 on 17 March 2010 Report

    I don't see the allure of city status, much larger places like middlesbrough, reading, bolton, huddersfield are towns, and as far as I'm aware happy to remain so. City status would probably lead to a few more fancy expensive shops for victims to consume, to the detriment of wrexham as a historic and symbolic market town.

  4. Posted by: a cahill at 13:06 on 17 March 2010 Report

    What clamour.... the only ones that seem to be clamouring are Politicians and not like the entire population of Wrexham are jumping for joy at the prospect of City status... in fact does anyone other than the above mentioned really care.... probably too busy trying to keep body and soul together in these straitened times... can we afford it seems to be the most popular question for all things.... Council please take note !!

  5. Posted by: sandydog at 15:54 on 17 March 2010 Report

    It Stinks, what about the huge hike in rates to everyone in the Wrexham Area.City Status don't make me laugh "THEY" have cocked Wrexham up big time already I agree with the other comments solution More Wine Bars in the graveyard more Tescos.Nah they would only squander the money on daft things and feather there nests..again.Lets face it Wrexhams got nothing going for it and never will with this idea THIS IS A BAD IDEA

  6. Posted by: tommy at 20:33 on 18 March 2010 Report

    A POEM.....wrexham! wrexham! oh goodness me you want to become a city...but it wont make you any better you know...and your council will be just as shitty....with apologies to dylan thomas.

  7. Posted by: mfm103.4 at 20:46 on 18 March 2010 Report

    here we go again, at the moment Wrexham just isn't good enough for city status , there is a lot more to be done to this town before we can even think about it being a city,sorry.

  8. Posted by: millyst24 at 19:37 on 05 April 2010 Report

    Wrexham has always been known as the largest market town in north wales, listen to the majority of people and keep it that way. Nobody wants city status except those hoping to profit out of it.

  9. Posted by: Rincewindwales at 19:25 on 22 December 2010 Report

    Lucas "There has always been a strong sense of local pride in Wrexham" Look at the comments on here! People are ashamed to say they come from Wrexham. Tell me, as a resident, what advantages would city status give me? This would just be an excuse for our numerous useless counsellors to pat themselves on the back with a fat pay rise. Wrexham council! For once, just once listen to the people you are supposed to be representing.

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