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Time change for key Full Council Local Development Plan meeting – now starts at 2pm on Thursday

A key meeting of the Full Council has been moved forward by two hours to ensure the debate is held in a ‘proper manner’.

An ‘Extraordinary Meeting’ of councillors will be held on Thursday at 2pm where all those present will vote to decide whether to ‘deposit’ the Local Development Plan (LDP) with Welsh Government and Planning Inspectorate Wales for independent Examination in public.

On Tuesday a debate took place for several hours on the topic, much of which is likely to be revisited at what is likely to be a lengthy Full Council meeting. We are told the numbers exist to ensure a recorded vote will take place, where names of councillors are read out and they indicate for/against/abstain rather than a more normal hand-raising.

The LDP has been described as one of the most important pieces of work the council produces as the overall strategy document could shape the area for years to come. Many councillors have spoken out against areas of the LDP due to specific ward issues, and as a result the free vote on Thursday could be very close.

The meeting was due to start at 4pm, roughly when the Christmas Lights switch on party is due to start directly outside on Queens Square. As below we have sat in similar meetings where the noise from events have affected business.

Wrexham Council told us: “To allow adequate time for business to take place in a proper manner this Thursday’s Extraordinary Council meeting will start at the revised time of 2pm in the Guildhall.”

Last year we attended a scrutiny meeting which started being audio-blasted by the warm up from the lights switch on event, meaning some councillors were interrupted as they tried to make their point.

At the end of last week’s Executive Board meeting we predicted similar for the forthcoming meeting that was then due to start at 4pm.

If the length of the meeting earlier this week is any guide there is likely to be some crossover, however the main debate should clear before the full christmas lights event starts in earnest.

Members of the public can watch online, or attend the meeting in the Guildhall from 2pm on Thursday, and after watching the fireworks in the chamber you can walk around the corner for the pyrotechnics at the lights switch on.

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