A TEMPORARY new home has been found for Wrexham's Markets, according to the council.

It was announced on Friday (October 28) that a suitable city centre location has now been secured for tenants of the Butchers and General Market as Wrexham Council looks to refurbish these locations.

The Butcher’s Market was opened in 1848 and the General Market in 1879; and they are both now in need of essential maintenance, repairs and modernisation according to the council.

The historic markets are part of the fabric of Wrexham and contribute to the character and heritage of Wrexham’s City Centre.

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The refurbishment is part of the Wrexham Townscape Heritage Scheme plans that looks to improve and develop the Wrexham City Centre Conservation Area.

Wrexham Council says the modernisation of these listed buildings will not be to the detriment of their listed status, but will provide tangible benefits to traders and visitors.

It adds that renovating and future proofing historic markets will 'draw in new audiences' and generate footfall as a City Centre destinations in their own right.

It was not practical to have traders remain onsite as the council undertook the extensive work needed to bring these buildings up to a standard to fulfil their potential – therefore a temporary home was sought.

After exploring several options a preferred site on Queens Square has been secured as the temporary home for our market traders.

Councillor Nigel Williams, lead member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “Many of our loyal traders have been with us for a long time, so it was very important for us to source the most suitable City Centre site available.

"Before, during and after the move we will look at promoting the location of the site to ensure that customers past and present are aware of the location."

The Wrexham Townscape Heritage Scheme is funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Welsh Government – Transforming Towns Fund, and Wrexham County Borough Council capital programme.