Row breaks out over hotel car park Right of Way


Emily Davies

A HEATED debate surrounding the decision to close a thoroughfare in the heart of Chirk continued last week.
Councillor for Chirk South, Terry Evans, confirmed he would be requesting Wrexham County Borough Council become involved in the call to make the route between Church Street and the main Colliery Road car park a public right of way for vehicles.
The issue arose last month when directors at The Hand Hotel erected a sign stating the route, which cuts through the establishment’s own car park, is only a pedestrian route.
However, Cllr Evans said he is now planning to submit a 20-signature paper backing his claim.
Cllr Evans said: “If it has been a Right of Way for over 20 years you can claim it as a Right of Way.
“We agree the Hand Hotel car park is private, but there is a public Right of Way and they [the hotel directors] are trying to say we have not got a Right of Way.
“This way it is down to the council to test that,” he added
A spokesperson for WCBC said: “For the council to consider this matter a formal application will have to be made.
“Once that has happened evidence will be looked at from both sides before any decision is made.”
Representatives  from The Hand Hotel declined to comment on the situation.

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