§ Mr. Goldie
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the old town hall at Wrexham, built in the reign of His Majesty King Henry VIII, has been scheduled for compulsory purchase and demolition in connection with a proposed new trunk road from Swansea to Manchester; and what steps he proposes to take to prevent such an act of vandalism?
§ Mr. Burgin
This building is in private ownership as a licensed house and bonded stores. It projects into Town Hill at four cross roads and reduces the width of the trunk road to between 14 feet and 17 feet. I am satisfied that the only way to improve traffic conditions and increase safety at this point is by removing the building and widening the trunk road. The present proposal has the support of the Wrexham Town Council, who have agreed to make a contribution towards the cost.