Members of the Senedd are still working to fix issues at Wrexham’s Island Green following parking fine concerns, the closure of Asda Living and Wilko entering administration.

Local MS’s Lesley Griffiths and Ken Skates continue to try to set up a meeting with Euro Car Parks directors following a last-minute cancellation in June.

They were set to discuss the “unfair” fines that have been handed out to users of the car park at the retail site.

In addition, the Asda Living store on Island Green closed its doors in July, and last week it was announced that high street retailer Wilko has gone into administration. There is a store in the retail park, though it is currently unknown if the store will close. 

Both MSs have been working to try to fix the issues raised by constituents.

Wrexham’s MS Lesley Griffiths said: “Despite my regular and ongoing correspondence with Euro Car Parks (ECP), constituents and non-constituents are still contacting me regarding unfair parking charges at Island Green Shopping Centre, often relating to ‘major’ and ‘minor’ keying errors.

“Ken Skates MS and I arranged to meet with senior Euro Car Parks representatives in June but despite initially accepting the offer, ECP cancelled at the last minute with no explanation. They have since informed us all communication must be in writing and I have questioned this stance as I believe it is outrageous for a company not to meet with elected representatives.

“Mr Skates and I also wrote to Nuveen Real Estate, which ultimately owns Island Green, requesting it ends its relationship with ECP. We are yet to receive a reply and have since sent follow-up letters.”

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Ms Griffiths added: “The situation is serious as two Island Green retailers recently announced they are experiencing difficulties, with Asda Living closing its doors permanently last month and Wilkos entering administration. 

"While national factors are obviously at play, I have little doubt the parking situation at Island Green has not helped matters locally.

“Dozens of constituents and non-constituents have informed me they avoid Island Green altogether because of the parking problems. High streets are suffering as it is so creating further barriers that put people off shopping is clearly nonsensical.

“As long as parking issues remain at Island Green, both Ken Skates and I will continue to fight and stand up for local residents.”