A peaceful protest was held before Wrexham’s home game this weekend, with the destination of profits from any sale of the Wrexham Village student flats the topic being questioned.
Regular Wrexham.com readers will be familiar with the well documented issues relating to Wrexham Village over the years, with one of our most recent articles explaining the background to an eventual non-answer from Wrexham Council to four straightforward questions.
The block of flats has gone on sale for £12,920,000 with the sales documents noting an annual revenue of circa £1.3 million. The overall vision for ‘Wrexham Village’ was presented to the people of Wrexham as being several student blocks and a brand new stand for Wrexham Football Club, who were also due to be benefiting financially from any development.
Fans were were subsequently told the club will ‘not see a penny more’ and had all it will have ‘upfront’.
Protesting fans believe that there is a moral obligation to see some of that money returned to the football club, creating a hashtag of ‘#WheresOurShare?’ referring to ‘unkept promises’.
As well as Wrexham Village Directors Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts being highlighted by protesters, Wrexham Council was also in the firing line with many feeling ‘let down’ by their local authority.
One person told us: “The protest was peaceful. One security guard got a bit hot under the collar though. It was a good exercise in educating people and bringing the subject up to current affairs.”
One of the organisers, Jimmy, said: “Between 40-50 fans demonstrated outside the Wrexham Village complex and made sure visiting students on the university open day knew about the history of the block.
“We ran out of leaflets and the action was well received by fans. What we wouldn’t give for a few million to get out of this league.”
Fans attached notices to the signage and windows of the flats, held placards aloft and circulated A4 information sheets explaining why they felt let down over the historic deals. Showing that fans are not luddites, a live stream was even broadcast from the protest – viewable here.
As we noted last year “Due to the history of the site and its importance to the town and associated institutions it is likely any new buyers intentions and associated planning decisions will be well scrutinised.”
2011 £40m Student Flats Officially Opened Next Door To Loss Making WFC
2011 Shock As Crusaders Withdraw License Application
2011 Conference Board Asks Wrexham FC For £250,000.
2011 Wrexham Fans Raise £100k In A Day To Save Their Club
2011 Racecourse Ground Sale Agreed By Glyndwr University
2011 Wrexham FC sold to fans for token £1 with huge debts
2011 WST Reveal £130k Sting In Takeover Tail
2012 Wrexham Village : Planning, Parking & Plants
2013 New Era Of Transparency At Wrexham Football Club As Accounts Shown To Fans
2015 Wrexham Village Gets A Partial Clean Up After ‘Eyesore’ Petition
2015 Wrexham Council’s Planning ‘Gamble’ Fails As Wrexham Village Site Sell Off Starts
2016 Wrexham Football Club Announce Profit As Councillors Lose ‘Gamble’
2016 Wrexham Football Club To Sign 99 Year Lease To Finally Get Racecourse Ground Back
2016 Planning Committee ‘Gamble’ Destroyed As £13m Flats Up For Sale With No Money To Club
2016 Wrexham Council’s Answers To Our Questions Over £13m Student Flats Sale