Wrexham Village’s Crispin Lane site by Glyndwr University has had a tidy up, and security beef up as Wrexham.com was removed for ‘trespassing’ while documenting for this update.
Previously a petition had been launched describing the area as an eyesore, with it stating: “After property developers built student flats on land on Crispin Lane Wrexham they left the land next door in a dreadful state” along with a request that it be tided up.
Wrexham.com had been told by Wrexham Council that a site visit was planned for yesterday, with a reply to a query on the status and future processes being: “One of our officers has been out to look at the site and the majority of the rubbish has been removed from the land.
“However some building materials remain and the officer will be contacting Wrexham Village regarding this advising them if the land is not cleared the Council does have the power to take formal enforcement action.”
This afternoon Wrexham.com popped down to take a new set of pictures to allow a compare and contrast, which some Chester fans may find disturbing due to images of massive floodlights.
The main complaint was due to the rubbish left on the site, with most appearing to have been cleared as pictured below. Previously we had also documented the rather dangerous looking barbed wire that was at times overhanging the pavement on Crispin Lane (comparison above), this has also been removed.
Concerns were also raised to the access of the site, with it previously being wide open from the Wrexham Village student accommodation side. This has also been closed off with barriers put in place, and the area beyond tidied with bushes, weeds and grass cut back.
It now appears there is more active security, where previously around 15 minutes of wandering and picture taking was possible undisturbed, within five minutes of being near the site we were asked to leave immediately by what appeared to be a security guard as we were ‘trespassing’.
The Council’s account of their visit saying the ‘majority of the rubbish has been removed from the land’ does appear to be the case, along with their comments on what remains.
The resulting site is still not a landscaped piece of beauty that the community could be proud of however we have previously noted that a planning document for the student development stated ‘within six months of the first use of the development, trees and shrubs shall be planted on the site in accordance with a scheme which has been submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority”. It went on to state that “any trees or shrubs removed, dying, being severely damaged or becoming seriously diseased within five years of planting shall be replaced by trees or shrubs of a similar size and species to those originally required to be planted”.
We created the below tricky ‘spot the difference’ picture comparing the 2012 view to a view as of now, which remains unchanged today, so perhaps generic wasteland is better than the ‘landscaping’…
Further, here is the promised gratuitous shot of some huge floodlights for our Chester FC readers to enjoy: