Friday, 27 August 2010

Mines Rescue Centre: A Dickens of a mess

The demolition of the Mines Rescue Centre on Maesgwyn Road is another example of our town's heritage being taken from us by unthinking or cynical developers.
The site's owner Neville Dickens can't claim ignorance on this matter. A powerful local campaign spearheaded by councillors Phil Wynn and Malcolm Williams, himself a former miner who trained at the centre, made it clear what the feeling in the town was about this building's importance for our industrial heritage - in particular given the links with the 1934 Gresford disaster.
The developers' first attempts to demolish the site prompted CADW - a body not noted for its speed of movement normally - to impose an immediate protection order.
This was blatantly ignored within days and it appears the building has been so badly damaged that it will have to be demolished. Dickens, who spends much of his time in Spain these days, is proving to be very elusive and has refused to comment to the press about his involvement in this debacle. He was not so reticent when he wanted media attention during his days as a director and shareholder in Wrexham FC.
CADW and Wrecsam Council are, I understand, both considering what further steps to take and it's important that the right message is sent out to future developers in Wrecsam.

7 comments:

Leaderwatch said...

Anyone noticed that the original online report in the Leader http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/92554/call-for-probe-into-part-demolition-of-wrexham-building.aspx and the 20 negative comments against Neville Dickens have been taken down. you can't post anymore comments on the story now . Nothing to do with the amount the Dickens Group give in advertising revenue to the Leader is it?

Anonymous said...

It's absolutely disgraceful how the Leader has rolled over and capitulated to local business interests. When Wrexham Council decide to prosecute the developer it will be interesting to see how the Leader will comment on it.

Rhys ap Gethin said...

If Wrecsam Council don't prosecute Nev Dickens it will be perceived as collusion on a grand scale an the council will be hung out to dry and rightly so.

Anonymous said...

No wonder readership of newspapers is going down when the editorial board of the Leader show such blatant favouritism towards big business locally by censoring its readers views.

maverick said...

and while we're talking about unreported scandals -what's Marek and Humberstone up to with the new planning application Humberstone's garden? Marek bought the land to help fund Humberstone's general election campaign. How will he explain this generous donation to UKIP to his new friends in the Tory party?

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

John Humberstone came to Marek's open primary but didn't stay. I wonder who Humberstone will be backing in the election, Marek and the Tories or UKIP? I'd also be very interested to see how that land sale is reflected in UKIP's election spend return to the Electoral Commission.

Barnwr said...

Don't hold your breath for any prosecution. Remember Stevens' Café? A listed building demolished with no warning on a quiet Sunday so that the people who worked there turned up to a pile of rubble on the Monday morning?

No prosecution followed. Those who own property can get away with it, especially if they're well in with either elected councillors or senior officers and can also grease/threaten the local media.