NOTE: This content is old - Published: Monday, Apr 7th, 2014.
A public notice outside the Wrexham Police Station suggests that the building is to be demolished in the near future.
The noticed pinned to a nearby lamppost, that was photographed by @CHHL, is copied below and reads:
Rumours surrounding the relocation of the police station have been ongoing since August last year. The possibility of the station relocating was initially raised in August’s Town Centre Forum meeting.
During the meeting Council Leader Neil Rogers said: ““They are looking to relocate, however no where has been found. There needs to be a central location regardless of whether it’s based in Llay, the Industrial Estate or wherever. There needs to be a desk there for people to go to.”
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.
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.”
The current divisional headquarters on the Bodhyfryd site in Wrexham were built in the 1970’s. With poor facilities and high running costs the building is no longer suitable for 21st century policing.
The 14 storey building was built in the 1970s and is one of the most prominent buildings on the Wrexham skyline. However, since it was built it has received mixed reviews from local residents, many of whom consider it an eyesore.
The demolition appears to be part of the town centre merry go round of movements , with the Oriel Gallery potentially to move to the Peoples Market. The former space in the Library is rumoured to be a possible site for a town centre Police Station.
We wrote a couple of weeks 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 – More here including an map view of the site.
Pic: The diggers ripping down the concrete monstrosity part of the Groves, giving a vision of a possible demolition of the police station!