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No council cash for dragon tourist attraction plans

Published date: 10 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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AMBITIOUS proposals to bring a large-scale dragon to Chirk have received a blow.
Art dealer Simon Wingett had hoped Chirk Town Council would join him in his plans to create a £4 million iconic 80 foot dragon on land adjacent to the McDonald’s restaurant at Halton.
But members of the council have confirmed they will not support a commercial venture and would not be taking up Mr Wingett’s invitation to invest £2 million through a loan.
Mr Wingett’s request came after he scaled down his original plans for a £9m project that would have seen the dragon placed upon a 216ft tall tower.
He said he was not disappointed at the news, but had hoped it would assist the council as a business to alleviate budget cut pressure
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He told the Advertizer: “All we asked them to do was explore if they were allowed to do a joint venture and it would appear they cannot.
“I thought this was just a very interesting opportunity to see if they were allowed to do it or not,” he added.
The revised proposal includes placing the dragon on a 50ft man-made hill with a Welsh centre of excellence, farm shop, cafe bar, art gallery and tourism and business hub. It could bring up to 200,000 visitors to the area a year and create 90 jobs.
Chirk councillor Frank Hemmings said: “We have taken legal advice and, for a number of reasons, we are unable to support the venture.”
Mr Wingett hopes to fund the multi-million project through a £95 loyalty card, which will offer people a lifetime of discounts at the site, including on food, drink, events and merchandising.
He said the card had received a good response, with further funding plans in the pipeline.

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