A WREXHAM councillor for Chirk has claimed the town would benefit from having more one-bedroom properties available for people living on their own.

It was claimed in a recent council meeting that Chirk has a shortage of properties suitable for people living on their own.

Councillor Terry Evans who represents Chirk South says he has long been pushing for the idea.

He said: “I’ve suggested this idea many years ago.

“Land up near Highfields has been put forward to be available for building on it recently with this sort of accommodation.

“I really hope it does come to fruition after such a long time of the town lacking these houses.

“Wrexham County Borough Council were saying they would consider it.”

Cllr Evans fears more lifelong residents in the area may be forced to move away if there are limited options of houses to suit one resident.

He added: “For me, it’s something Chirk does need.

“The letting policy nowadays is on a banding system rather than a points system which was once used.

“This means people from outside the town can be assigned to housing in Chirk over people who have lived there all of their life.

“Therefore, local people miss out on property – I’ve seen it myself with people I know very well.

“There’s no opportunity for people in the area to downsize should they need to for whatever reason.”