Wrexham MP Ian Lucas has lent his backing to a community project aimed at making a disused quarry a community hub.
He met with directors of the Maes y Pant Action Group this week to find out more about the group’s proposals for Gresford Quarry and to support its entry into the Procter and Gamble Future Friendly awards.
The action group was set up to purchase the 70 acre redundant quarry in the village for the community with members hoping to encourage and protect wildlife in the quarry and also to promote it as a recreation area for the community.
Having previously been in private ownership, the land has been used by locals for years although, technically speaking, they were classed as having been trespassing.
The site was brought into public ownership by the group earlier this year and plans are now underway to tidy and create footpaths and to encourage wildlife.
The group intends to involve as many members of the local community as possible in developing plans for the site in the coming months.
Ian Lucas spent an hour visiting the site and hearing about the group earlier this week, as well as learning more about its bid to win funding in the Future Friendly awards where the site could potentially win a £1,000 regional prize or even a £10,000 national prize.
He said: “Gresford Quarry is a real community resource and it is clear that the Maes y Pant Action Group want to develop a site for the whole community.
“The area has fascinating wildlife and is much treasured by the people of Gresford.
“I hope they will support the Action Group both in the coming months and by voting for their bid in the current awards.”
To back the group’s bid, visit http://www.futurefriendly.co.uk/vote.aspx?id=1390 and vote for Maes y Pant Action Group. Voting closes on August 22 so time is of the essence.