HC Deb 25 July 1938 vol 338 cc2739-40W
Mr. Goldie

asked the Minister of Transport whether, before consenting to the demolition of the ancient town hall at Wrexham, he consulted the town planning committee for the county of Denbigh and the Historical Monuments Committee; and, if so, whether either, or both, of such bodies were in favour of the proposed demolition; and, assuming that such demolition is sanctioned by his Department, what is the estimated cost in respect of the road-widening occasioned thereby which will ultimately fall upon the ratepayers of the borough of Wrexham?

Mr. Burgin

The Wrexham Town Council, the County Council and the Office of Works have all been consulted about the scheme, which was originally proposed by the town council themselves. It was agreed that the site of the Hand Inn and Town Hall Vaults is essential for the road improvement, and the Office of Works did not feel, in all the circumstances, that they could object to the removal of the buildings thereon.

The Wrexham Town Council have agreed to contribute 25 per cent. of the cost of the improvement, but no reliable estimate can be given until negotiations for the acquisition of the site have been concluded.