NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, Oct 31st, 2012.
There is a planning application lodged with the Council for the Mines Rescue Centre on Maesgwyn Road to be subject to ‘demolition and redevelopment’.
The building is a Grade II listed site, and was originally used as a training centre for miners.
On the 5th August 2010 Cadw inspected the site, and issued a notice to the owner saying that they intended to make it a listed building and that there was a four week consultation period.
On the 18th of August 2010 the owner started to demolish the rear part of the building. He was instructed to stop by the Council since he had not completed the necessary safety forms. Cadw issued an immediate listing status to give it protection.
Following this incident, in April 2011 local car dealer Neville Dickens was pleaded guilty and was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,700 costs for partially bulldozing the centre without permission.
It is understood that Mr Dickens no longer owns the site.
The current redevelopment proposals will see the site become student flats, with communal areas.