From the Evening Leader 8/7/09, following Plaid Cymru Press Release.
WREXHAM FC bosses have denied, in the strongest possible terms, that new flats to be built as part of The Racecourse redevelopment could be rented out to anyone other than students.
The move comes after Plaid Cymru county councillor Arfon Jones said he would be writing to chief executive Paul Retout after concerns were raised with him that some of the 840 planned apartments might be rented out to the private sector if terms with Glyndwr could not be agreed.
But both Mr Retout and Wrexham chairman Geoff Moss have flatly denied any such plan exists, and said their relationship with the University was as good as it could be. In April, Wrexham Council's planning committee approved plans by Wrexham Village to build 521 flats and then a further 319 flats in the two-phase scheme along Crispin Lane which club bosses have said will secure the future of Wrexham FC.
Mr Retout said: "Basically we have got a very good working relationship with them and will be working on a reservation agreement together.
"It's part of the planning requirement that the flats are just for students, so it's required by law and would be illegal to do otherwise.
"We have worked so hard with this development – to have someone spreading rumours that act against us is not helpful."
Speaking about the potential rental cost of each flat he said: "New standard accommodation at Bangor University is £103 a week. It is not going to be in that region, but we are talking about a brand new development with state of the art rooms."
Chairman Geoff Moss said: "We are on really good terms with the university – I could not see how the relationship could be better – and I think it is a case of somebody trying to make a political noise."
He added no discussions as to rental prices had yet been conducted with Glyndwr, and added: "We'll sit down with the university at a later date and discuss it with them."
Cllr Jones said he would be writing to Mr Retout after concerns were raised with him that the flats might be rented out to "other organisations" or the private sector if terms could not be agreed between Wrexham Village Ltd, the company set up to develop the project, and Glyndwr University