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  • in reply to: Golden Groves Rossett #71800


    The picture above shows the area of great historical importance.
    Incredibly, CADW have overlooked this site. Unbelievable really. To demolish this site of historical importance for 2 new houses will be a TRAGEDY. Surely the area can be a feature of any development even? You wouldn’t bulldoze Rossett Mill which is 300-years older and build 2 5-bedroom houses on it?

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    in reply to: Golden Groves Rossett #71798


    It will be an absolute disaster if a specific area of this historical 13th Century coaching-house is demolished.
    To put things in to perspective, many of us have visited similar buildings from this period and seen exposed ‘Wattle and Daub’ protected by glass/plastic protection etc. The area of importance is undisturbed. We don’t know what is hidden from view. There could be anything. People concealed their wealth during the purges, and often died young due to ‘consumption’ and treasures were lost etc If you reached 35-years of age, you were remarkable.
    The unknowing visitor to this marked coaching-house may be forgiven for knowing exactly where the oldest part of the building was. They probably walked through the main entrance, blinked an eye, and missed it. A small alcove, low-beamed ceiling with undisturbed walls.
    Incredibly, the building has been overlooked by CADW and the local authority. Hopefully, a successful compromise can be reached with the impending planning application? Incorporate the area of importance withing a new development even?? Surely that can’t be difficult today?
    CADW could list the building and halt proceedings swiftly. There’s just one problem. The property is secure. They need evidence. Pictures etc

    Surely a small area can be preserved? A compromise reached??

    This small area is so important. Intact. No-one knows what’s hidden in the walls. The very fact that the walls are intact reason preservation.

    in reply to: Mobile phone scam #71809


    She also frequents the Cambrian. Asking people to buy her a drink until ‘a friend’ turns up with her money.

    The Leader – News from Wrexham & Flintshire – Wrexham man defied court order not to return to town centre

    in reply to: Mobile phone scam #71808


    They’re a pair of smackheads. Been approached by them twice now. Girl has shown me a one-way rail ticket from Rhyl and asked for money twice. They are banned from ASDA.

    in reply to: DW Sports shop closed #71434


    Total Fitness claimed their closure of their Wrexham venue was down to rent issues with the landowner. The club started going down at least 5-years before it closed.

    A national gym company…with no dumbells in the free-weights area for 6 months. A company which wouldn’t turn the air-con on despite the glass roof in summer. Something missing off every piece of equipment. The same rubbish on the floors from day-to-day. Etc etc It was a shambles – and they didn’t give a damn.

    in reply to: DW Sports shop closed #71433


    I agree. DW can not compete with TF’s pools etc.
    They claim to be investing £1m. That won’t go far. I was a member there for nearly 10-years.
    The company announced about 5-years before it closed a ‘refurb’ a ‘new club’, £300k to be spent. Members looked forward to new cardio equipment, fixed-resistance machinery etc. We had a new carpet. A splash of paint here ‘n there…and a new Cafe…
    I cn’t see a £1m investment going far? There’s a hell of a lot needs doing there. The pools alone will cost a fortune to sort out.
    They had the Steam Room, Sauna & Sanarium. Company policy to have only 2 out of 3 working at any one time due to costs. The Hydrop-herapy Pool….at the end it would’ve finished off the older clientele ‘cos it was so cold.
    It will be interesting. No Off-Peak memberships. £39.99 per month (no free months).

    I just don’t have any confidence in the brand name. They’ve pulled out of Dublin, numerous venues in the UK. £1m ? That won’t go far.

    in reply to: DW Sports shop closed #71432


    A new business, as yet unknown to DW staff, is taking over the vacant floor space. Workmen are preparing the venue.

    in reply to: DW Sports shop closed #71431


    It is going to be interesting. I personally don’t think the town can support 3 national chain gyms. Especially in today’s financial climate.
    Fitness First pulled out of the town under similar circumstances which led to Total Fitness closing down their venue. For the very same reasons. Both company’s thought they could hoodwink the paying customer with sub-standard equipment & service.
    Total Fitness especially incurred the wrath of loyal customers, despite petitions to their head office over issues from their members. Broken equipment, half the dumbells muissing, hydro0-therapy pool luke-warm, saunas broken etc etc etc Total Fitness then had the cheek to abolish off-peak memberships…..
    So, TF is offering memberships for £39.99 per month. No off-peak membership like DW.
    Do they really think Simply Gym members are going to join TF for twice as much money per month because of a nice pool area etc etc?
    Will I be tempted to swop my £336 per-annum off-peak membership (inc 2 free mths at DW) for a £480 TF membership??
    It will be interesting. But, I don’t think 3 gyms can survive in Wrexham. The closure of DW’s shop is not-related I reckon to the gyms I reckon. Probably the fact that the public would rather pay £48 for a 5kg tub of protein on the Net, rather than £50 for a 2kg tub…..and….who wants to pay £70 odd quid for a Welsh rugby top or £12 for a gym top which costs a fiver down the road at Sports Direct?

    in reply to: Total Fitness returns to Wrexham #71144


    No, I won’t be returning there. I lost complete faith with that company.
    When it first opened, the Life Fitness cardio equipment came in second-hand from one of their Merseyside clubs. In 9-years it never got replaced or upgraded. In the end, it seemed like half the equipment was ‘out of order’ or had pedals, sensors etc missing.
    All they were bothered about was memberships. To increase their turnover, they abolished ‘off peak’ memberships. Everyone’s membership went up, whilst the club went downhill.
    They would never turn on the air-conditioning – despite the venue being like one big greenhouse with all its windows. It was stifling in there.
    You’d also see the same rubbish on the floors for days. With the windows opened, rubbish collected in the corners of the building.
    There was no security there, no CCTV. Thieves watched people arrived and then either followed them in (on a free guest pass) and took their locker padlock off. Many cars were stolen also.
    In the end they didn’t heat the hydrotherapy pool, the sauna etc were always out of order. Wrexham Tri members had to wear wet suits because the main pool was so cold etc….

    It was a shambles. And when they did close suddenly, they suggested members should go to Chester. 11 miles away, battle through the traffic to Liverpool Rd…

    No confidence with TF

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