THE FUNERAL of a popular former councillor who ‘left a legacy’ for residents is to take place next week.

The Leader previously reported how tributes were paid to Ian Roberts, former county councillor for Chirk North, who died on Saturday aged 66.

He was described by friends and colleagues as being extremely passionate about his work as both a town and county councillor.

Adding further tributes, Cllr Paul Blackwell, of Plas Madoc ward, said Mr Roberts had played a major part in plans for redeveloping the Plas Madoc estate during his time as lead member for housing at Wrexham Council.

He said: “I worked very closely with with him when he was lead member, he was pivotal in starting up the project management group for the redevelopment of Plas Madoc estate.

“That included improving the outside of the houses, garden space and more car parking - as well as plans for building new houses. Unfortunately he was not able to see the completion of even phase one but he has left a legacy for the people of Plas Madoc.

“He was also a very good mayor and came to my ward to open the adventure playground.

“He was a great ambassador for Chirk and for the county.”

Mr Roberts’ wife Hilary told the Leader earlier this week that her family has received many calls and messages from friends and colleagues of her husband, as well as members of the community who had known him.

She has now confirmed Mr Roberts’ funeral will take place at 1pm on Wednesday, December 12 at St Mary’s Church in Chirk. She added colleagues, friends and members of the community are welcome to attend the service.