WREXHAM’S former fire station has been demolished ahead of construction for a cats adoption centre.

The Bradley Road town centre fire station closed in 2016 when the new ambulance and fire service centre opened in Croesnewydd Road.

Plans were unveiled in 2017 by Cats Protection to build a £1.7 million cat adoption centre on the site, as the charity said it had outgrown its current site in Madeira Hill.

Those proposals were approved by Wrexham Council towards the end of 2017 clearing the way for development to begin, and demolition work on the former fire station began during the second half of 2018.

The Cats Protection charity is looking to boost the number of local cats and kittens it can help to around 500 a year.

Bosses believe the old fire station site is ideal for a new state-of-the-art centre with excellent facilities for felines in need of new owners.

Cats Protection project manager Catherine Hodson said staff numbers would increase from five to 7.4 full-time equivalents and there will also be opportunities for more than 40 volunteers who play a vital role in running adoption centres.

Cats Protection’s Wrexham adoption centre is part of a national network of over 34 centres and 250 volunteer-run branches that help around 190,000 cats and kittens each year.

The cats adoption centre is scheduled to open later this year.