Campaigners who have been fighting to save the former Grove Park school from demolition have received some good news today. In a late but welcome move, Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates has announced that he is now “minded to list Grove Park school”, subject to an Independent Peer review.
This means that Wrexham council’s plans to demolish are on hold pending the listing decision, which is expected in April. If the listing goes ahead, Grove park school will be protected for future generations to enjoy.
Whilst there are still no guarantees, it seems that pressure from campaigners has made a huge difference in this case. It would appear that relentless lobbying and campaigning from the dedicated people running the Save Our Heritage group could well win the day.
This is potentially a huge victory for people power and hopefully the first of many occasions where Wrexham council doesn’t simply get to do what it wants regardless of what we think.