Posted: Thu 17th Mar 2022

Council Leader welcomes Fields in Trust partnership agreement and reiterates his group “will not support gypsy and traveller sites in country parks” for people living in or visiting the wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Mar 17th, 2022

Progress is being made which will see ten parks in Wrexham legally protected with green space charity Fields in Trust, a move that the Council Leader indicates will help achieve his goal of no gypsies and travellers sites being located in country parks in Wrexham

A partnership agreement has now been signed between Wrexham Council and Fields in Trust to ensure Deeds of Dedication will be put in place to protect areas of open space within our country parks before the end of the summer.

This will mean they’ll all remain available for recreational use and delivering environmental benefits forever! Ownership and management remain with Wrexham County Borough Council.

Following agreement to undertake this work at Executive Board at the end of last year, the council say they have been working closely with Fields in Trust to agree the areas for protection, and develop a partnership agreement. Under the terms of the agreement both ourselves and Fields in Trust will work together ensure everything goes as planned on a legal basis.

Wrexham is the first council in Wales to protect a large portfolio of local green space to support climate change mitigation. The addition of these ten spaces brings to 300 the total of parks and green spaces protected by Fields in Trust in Wales of which 37 are in Wrexham.

The ten parks that will become Green Spaces for Good are:

  • Alyn Waters
  • Ty Mawr
  • Bonc yr Hafod
  • Stryt Las
  • Nant Mill
  • Moss Valley
  • Minera
  • Acton Park
  • Brynkinalt
  • Ponciau

Cllr Mark Pritchard, Leader of the Council, said, “Our parks are green assets that we are very proud of and I’d like to thank everyone involved in progressing this work to ensure we continue to have a beautiful and natural environment across Wrexham”.

Cllr Pritchard, Leader of the Independent Group on Wrexham Council, added the significance in terms of the Local Development Plan, “We made it clear, and we put a press release out in the past, where we would not support a gypsy and traveller sites in any country park within Wrexham”.

Previously he said in that press release,“I will take this opportunity, and every opportunity I have, to say that myself or our group will not support the gypsy and traveller site in a country park, not just within the location proposed, anywhere across Wrexham.”

“We will not move on that. I always think is better for the people of Wrexham to understand the feeling of politicians, because we represent you, and our group will not budge on it. We will not support the gypsies and travellers in the country park.”

Fields in Trust Senior Operations and Stewardship Manager, Angela Lewis, said “We look forward to working with Wrexham County Borough Council. We are very pleased that our partnership will protect these wonderful parks and green spaces for the people of Wrexham, forever.

“I congratulate Wrexham Council for their civic leadership, ensuring the health, wellbeing and environmental benefits will be future-proofed and the green spaces will be protected for future generations to enjoy.”

Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said, “This is excellent progress as we look to very soon seeing these parks permanently and legally protected.

“We are all very aware of our environment and not only will this protect these areas for future generations it will play a significant role in ensuring we achieve carbon neutral status by 2030.”

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