THE FUTURE economy of a Wrexham village has been discussed during a recent meeting.

The meeting at Ebenezer Chapel was held following concerns from residents in Cefn Mawr.

Simon Baynes, the Member of Parliament for Clwyd South, recently met local stakeholders there to discuss ways to increase economic and other activity within the community.

The meeting was organised by David Metcalfe, a member of the Cefn Mawr Community Council and the owner of the Holly Bush Inn and the Ebenezer Chapel.

Mr Metcalfe is planning to convert part of the chapel into the world’s first citizen science led Climate Crisis Mitigation Centre.

During the meeting, it was noted that the Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site and the Ty Mawr Country Park attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area each year.

But, it was added that this has not translated into increased footfall on the high street in Cefn Mawr.


The meeting was attended by a wide variety of local stakeholders.

A number of topics were discussed, including the Government’s Levelling Up fund, and the sale of retail premises for renovation into houses and increasing tourist footfall in the village.

Speaking after the meeting, David Metcalfe said: “Simon Baynes kindly came to visit the Retail, Hospitality and Catering sector of our community and discuss the current economic situation in Cefn Mawr after approximately 13 years of post-industrial depression.

"He met with local business owners and artists that would like to see the Ebenezer Chapel kept open as a major tourist attraction for our community.

"He heard the need for linking up with the aqueduct and answered questions regarding the Government Levelling Up Fund. He promised to make information available regarding such where the UK government has stated that Cefn Mawr is to be linked in.

"He supported our drive towards Sustainable Tourism Development and we as a small sector of our community, thought the meeting went well.

"We are now looking forward to being advised as to exactly where the £4.2m of funding is going to be spent. We can then assess how this can be used to redress the current dire economic situation as pointed out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in March 2023, where our community is now named as the second poorest in Wrexham and one of the poorest in NE Wales.”

Simon Baynes MP said: “It was a pleasure to meet local stakeholders in the Ebenezer Chapel and discuss the future economy of Cefn Mawr. It is these kinds of initiatives that demonstrate the desire of the community to improve the local economy, and I have nothing but praise for David Metcalfe and all that he has done to support the community in Cefn Mawr.”