Wrexham Council has reiterated its commitment to using a former grammar school for education purposes.

It comes after a social media row in which the authority's former legal officer criticised Cadw's decision to list the Groves School building in Wrexham back in 2016 after campaigners battled to save it from demolition.

In a debate with Wrexham MP Ian Lucas on Twitter, Trevor Coxon claimed Assembly Members had 'abused' the listing system as the building had no architectural merit.

However, while the council said it would not be drawn on Mr Lucas's calls for it to consult on its future plans for the site, an executive board member has now renewed his pledge for it to be used to teach young people.

Councillor Phil Wynn, lead member for education, said: “We have no comment on what is said on social media however, we would be more than happy to speak with Mr Lucas should he wish to contact us direct on this matter.

“We are aware that the future of this site is of interest to some people and we would like to reiterate that we have never had any plans for it other than to use it for educational purposes – this is in line with the covenants in place that restrict its use.

“The delivery of education to Wrexham young people continues to be our priority, for this reason we have commissioned a feasibility study to establish the potential for the Groves building along with the extensive site.

“All I would ask is for interested parties to bear with us whilst the feasibility study is reviewed .”

Calls have been made for clarity on the future of the former girls' school for several months after a report on the matter was delayed on a number of occasions.

Howevers, it was revealed this week that it will now be presented by Wrexham Council leader Mark Pritchard at a meeting of the customers, performance, resources and governance scrutiny committee in September.

The agenda states that the expected outcome is for the building to be protected and reopened for learning and that councillors will be asked for their input.

Last month Gwersyllt north councillor Barrie Warburton expressed his desire for it to be turned into a training centre for doctors and nurses.