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Buildings, country parks and colliery wheels across Wrexham were just some of the landmarks honoured in a recent awards evening.

Held by the Wrexham Area Civic Society, the event aimed to encourage the promotion of high standards in planning and architecture throughout the Borough, by issuing and publicising awards to the worthy recipients.

In introducing the awards, the Chairman of the Society, Geoff Foy, noted that the Society had received a wide range of nominations this year, especially for a number of ongoing community supported projects. He said That could only be described as encouraging, especially in times of austerity. The awards were presented by Cllr. Michael Morris, Chair of the Wrexham CBC Planning Committee.

An award for the best New Building was given for Ysgol Bro Alun, Bradley, designed by Wrexham CBC’s Architect’s Department. A commendation was given for “The Pavilions” apartment building in Maesgwyn Road, Wrexham.

An award was for the best restoration / refurbishment of a building was presented to the Tyn-y-Capel Public House, in Minera. Commendations were given for the restoration of the frontage and entrance to Grove Park Little Theatre, and for the improvements to the Acton Community Resource Centre.

An award in the landscaping / environmental category was given for the Holt Town Hall Memorial Garden project. In a category that had many nominations, commendations were given to Llay Main Colliery Memorial Winding Wheel project, to the Brickworks Awareness project in Rhos, for Chirk bus shelters (by the railway station), and for the New Park at Alyn Waters Country Park.

The Society also makes an award in memory of Ruth Howarth (a long standing member of the Society), which can be awarded to any project believed to enhance the Wrexham image or environment. An award this year was given to UnDegUn, an arts based project that has temporarily taken over the former JJB Sports shop in Regent Street, Wrexham whilst vacant.

The Society welcomes nominations for its awards, from individuals or community organisations. If anyone would like to nominate a project completed during the year for a future award, or to find out more about the activities of the Society, please feel free to contact the Secretary, Nick Roe, by telephone on 01978 293247, or to nominate by e-mail to wrexhamcivic@hotmail.co.uk.