Posted: Mon 8th Jul 2024

Council ‘completed all the required steps’ to enable Kop redevelopment for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area

Wrexham Council say they ‘completed all the required steps’ to enable the redevelopment of the Kop to begin last year.

The detail noting the significant work taken by the council on the high profile project was noted in a council report, and looks back to when the plan was to start the redevelopment in the Autumn of 2023.

However, councillors are now told there was a ‘period of review’ and following that process “the club have elected to review elements of the design”. It appears the funding around the Kop plan from the council (funded via the Welsh Government) is still in place, and remains there for use as and when the development takes place, as we have historically reported.

Last month the club confirmed that the club and the council had “reassessed the stadium development plans, particularly the new Kop, to ensure they deliver the best possible fan experience and provide the most value to the community” and new plans will mean the stadium a is a “year-round destination, not just a match-day venue, which will drive significant economic impact for the city of Wrexham”.

At the time Councillor Mark Pritchard, Leader of Wrexham Council, backed the review: “The football club’s ambition and continued commitment to its fans and the wider community – driven by the passion of Rob and Ryan – is inspiring and we welcome their statement about continued progress on the redevelopment of the StōK Cae Ras.

“We’re delighted to be working with Wrexham AFC and key partners to help the StōK Cae Ras become a year-round destination that will bring significant benefits to the local economy. These are exciting times for Wrexham and we look forward to working with the club to further develop proposals for the stadium.”

There is over £17.83m of money already allocated for the project, and as with the update in the last few days, significant amounts of money and work have already taken place in preparation.

The big reveal on what the new Kop design could look like is set to emerge from Wrexham AFC, with rumours that the new Kop stand will be even taller than the mammoth in the first approved plans (top picture) setting the benchmark for the rest of the stadium redevelopment – which as we first reported, should see a low to mid xx,xxx capacity.



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