THE FUTURE development of a North Wales town – and how a landmark church can help - has been discussed.

Welsh Conservative MP for Clwyd South, Simon Baynes, recently visited the Ebenezer Chapel in Cefn Mawr to discuss future plans for the building to lead the economic regeneration of the Cefn and Cefn Mawr.

The Ebenezer had been secured for the community at auction on the 25th of May 2021.

The Chapel was extensively restored in 2007/8 as a part of the Article 4 Cefn Mawr Conservation Area. This was part of the preparatory work for UNESCO Inscription of the Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site in 2009.

During the visit, Mr Baynes met with David Metcalfe, project leader for the Plas Kynaston Canal (PKC) Group, where they discussed many topics relating to the future success of the Ebenezer and prosperity of the community.

These ranged from Storm Damage and the B5605 land slide to the prospects of the Trevor Basin Master Plan and how the PKC Group seeks to work with Wrexham Council.

It was stressed that the community needs to be connected to overcome the lack of footfall in Cefn Mawr and the Ebenezer in an area with one of the highest visitor counts in Wales.

Simon Baynes MP said: “It was a pleasure to meet with David and to see the excellent plans underway to not only regenerate the old Ebenezer Chapel, which is at the centre of our famous Pontcysyllte World Heritage site, but also, the wider development of our local economy in Cefn Mawr.

“The project has my full support and I look forward to checking in and keeping a close eye on how it develops going forward.”