Former derelict council office wins top award


Emily Davies

A COMMUNITY Trust which battled for years to bring a derelict building back into use have been presented with an top award.
Members behind the Glyn Wylfa Development Trust were awarded the Best Community Building in Wrexham County Borough award at the North Wales LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Building Excellence Awards 2014.
Held at the DeVere Village Chester St David’s on Friday, April 11, the Chirk project was then pitted against the other top four regional projects to be named the best community building in the whole of North Wales, but, unfortunately, it was pipped to the post.
Mick Ramsey, chairman of the Trust, said gaining the WCBC prize was “a pleasant surprise” and was “delighted” to receive the award on behalf of all the numerous individuals and organisations who helped bring the project to fruition
Thanking them all he added: “This was such a big event and some of the big property developers were there, so we are over the moon to have won.
“At the event there were so many people there it was incredible, but I would like to take the opportunity to thank everybody who helped us with this project, we could not have achieved any of this without them.”
The award comes 12 months after Glyn Wylfa first opened its doors to the public with the completion of the cafe creating several jobs. The remainder of the former council property opened along with the new local policing hub in June last year.
It had taken the Trust five years and almost £650,000 to bring the derelict Victorian building on Castle Road back into use with the help of funding from Big Lottery Fund and the Welsh Government, as well a 25-year lease provided by Wrexham County Borough Council.

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