Nine Acre field to be ‘protected’ as green space and renamed as “Queen Elizabeth II Park”
Plans have been unveiled today to safeguard Nine Acre field as a permanent green space by the alliance that run Wrexham Council.
Political leaders at Wrexham Council have said today that as a mark of respect to Queen Elizabeth II, the field will be named in perpetuity as the “Queen Elizabeth II Park”.
In July a controversial application to use the field as the home of a new St Mary’s primary school were thrown out by the local planning committee in an extraordinary meeting. Executive Board member and Lead member for education Cllr Phil Wynn failed in his attempt to secure the field as a site for the school despite a last minute intervention including a now infamous 25 point list.
There had been questions over the fate of the field, which could have seen a fresh planning application, selling off the field or keeping it closed to the public.
In a proposal revealed by the ruling alliance of Wrexham Council today to Wrexham.com, senior figures have said the new protection of Nine Acre field will support the local authority’s vision to “ensure Green Spaces for Good remain for ever”.
The statement says the decision supports a recent report to the Executive Board which agreed to protect 10 Country Parks under the Fields in Trust “Green Spaces for Good” – that report also agreed to look at more sites.
In the time since, Fields in Trust has been working with the Council to agree the areas for protection and put in place a partnership agreement.
The statement continues onto say that: “The signing of the agreement kick-starts the legal process required initially to protect the ten green spaces forever and means now is the perfect opportunity in creating this green space legacy.”
“The Council has committed to complete the process by the end of this summer.”
“These ten spaces will provide health and wellbeing benefits for local communities and the environment forever, it also supports our climate declaration.”
The 10 spaces include:
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Council Leader Mark Pritchard said, “The proposal will be a mark of respect for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who visited Wrexham on numerous occasions and in 1998, opened the newly refurbished Wrexham Waterworld which is in close proximity to the Nine Acre field.”
Cllr Pritchard said, “We propose to take a report to the Executive Board later this year with our plans to support and build on what we have achieved over a number of years protecting open spaces.
“Her Late Majesty showed faith in Wrexham in granting us the tremendous honour of City Status and this dedication will honour her memory forever.
Councillor David A Bithell Deputy Leader, and Climate Champion, said he was delighted that the Council’s Alliance ‘supported the principle to protect more green spaces and this is a fitting tribute’.
He added, “We declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 and this builds on our Green spaces for Good scheme which protects green spaces for ever and we have an opportunity to protect this site in perpetuity.”
Councillor Hugh Jones Lead Member for Environment said he ‘fully supported the proposals for the protection of green spaces and this proposal shows our commitment to local people’.
He added, “Our group fully support the proposal which is a fitting and everlasting tribute to Her Late Majesty the Queen.”
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