The proposed conversion of the People’s Market into an Arts and Cultural Hub alongside market space is still on track, despite a scrutiny meeting agenda item being pushed back to January.
Initially it was believed that the planning documents for the redevelopment would be submitted earlier this month in – with a formal report on the business case and associated Arts Hub plans set to be examined by the Employment, Business and Investment Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday.
However a full planning application for the Arts and Cultural Hub has yet to be submitted and this afternoon it has been revealed that due to the unavailability of Cllr Hugh Jones the discussion and examination at Scrutiny has been pushed back to January.
A note states: “The Lead Member in respect the report on the Arts and Culture Hub is, unfortunately, unable to attend the meeting on 2 December and the Chair agreed that this be submitted to the next meeting on 6 January. As the Arts and Culture Hub forms part of the VVP Programme, it is suggested both reports be considered at that meeting.
Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities and Partnerships, said: “Stakeholders views’ have been sought on the proposed plans for the People’s Market Building, and an application will be submitted shortly.
“Once submitted, the application will be subject to the normal planning processes.”
Wrexham.com understands plans have been circulated and discussed recently with some stakeholders prior to the publication, with the previous ‘Entente Cordiale‘ still holding. We were told a promising comment by someone who has had sight of the plans saying ‘it appears the architects have actually done a great job’ in terms of arts and markets balance.