Reports today have suggested that the future of Wrexham’s police station is uncertain after police chiefs said its future was under consideration due to the estimated £6m cost of running the station over the next ten years.
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 news emerged following a police report which said that the recently closed Mold police station should be kept at an operational level to the cost of £175,000 as a contingency plan due to a review into the future of Wrexham police station.
In February The Leader reported that the building may well face at least partial demolition within the next ten years, in a statement North Wales Police said “It is likely the tower will be removed.” They added that the cost of maintaining the building over the next ten years was estimated at a staggering £6 million.
One pair of residents who would have to be considered should any demolition go ahead is a pair of peregrine falcons who have nested at the highest point of Wrexham police station for a number of years. RSPB members have insisted that they are re-homed before any demolition commences.
One of our Twitter followers @CarlHogan shared his thoughts on the building, he said: “It’s not a nice looking building. Demolition should be considered with those running costs, but a new station would need to be built to replace it, one with eco running.”
Meanwhile @Welshbeard felt it should stay, he said: “The police station is a bit of a Wrexham icon. I say it should stay, as one of the few high-ish rises of the town.”
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