Wrexham Council held a scrutiny committee tonight to examine the proposals for ‘protocol for Queens Square and Llwyn Isaf’. It was described to the Wrexham.com reporter as a ‘shambolic’ meeting.
The proposals are to prevent political events or rallies taking place in Queens Square and Llwyn Isaf. This proposal was triggered mainly after the English Defence League (interview below!) mentioned they may protest there.
Local MP Ian Lucas said “In a democracy, freedom of speech to argue one’s case is fundamental. Limitation of this right should only be considered in extreme circumstances. For a council sub-committee to take this step, and to do so without public debate, is outrageous.”
The meeting was late to start because of ‘pre meeting meeting’ , which sounds like a first! We cannot tell you what happened in that as it was not open to the public. There were many people there to protest against the proposal, however the chairman said he did not believe it could be dealt with at the meeting as there was issues with the ownership of Queens Square, specifically, what is highways owned and private.
In lieu of this meeting report being short, we would like to provide further information on the EDL, in their own words: