NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, Jun 11th, 2014.
The formal planning application for the demolition of the police station in Wrexham town centre has been lodged with the Council.
The application by North Wales Police will see demolition start on August 1st 2016, through to early November of the same year.
For those expecting a large explosive demolition popular with tower block removal around the world there is some disappointment, as removal is due to be via ‘mechanical and electrical demolition’ after a ‘soft strip’ of the interior.
The plans submitted show various amounts of asbestos in the building, indicated by red dots on plans. The plans also give an insight to the current cell layout, hopefully not that familiar to Wrexham.com readers!
After demolition it appears the site will be left tarmaced with a 2 meter fence surrounding it, with a note in the application saying: “Sub level car parking and hard standing to remain.”
One question that has been raised is the future of the town’s Magistrates Court, which has a link to the police station. From the plans submitted the link will remain, however without the police station on the other end.
The application also notes that the peregrine falcons that were nesting on the tower have been moved to a new location.
In October of last year Wrexham.com revealed that North Wales Police had secured land on Llay Industrial Estate for a new building / station. However it is believed that a town centre station will exist in Wrexham in some form, likely to be in the library.
At the time then Chief Constable Mark Polin told us: “We will be building a brand new custody suite and administration offices on a recently purchased piece of land at Llay industrial estate opposite the well-established Sharp factory. This custody suite will be ideally located to service Flintshire and Wrexham and will allow North Wales Police to meet the demands of a modern police environment.”
We wrote a while ago about the future of the Memorial Hall, which is due to be at the centre of a soon to be very large empty town centre site, along with uncertain futures for Waterworld and Crown Buildings.
As of yet there is no indication to the future plans for the vacant police station site, or if a developer will look to join up the above area in to one huge town centre development area.