Securing Land “Essential” for Any Possible Racecourse Redevelopment

The Welsh Government is looking into the possibility of securing the freehold of the land adjacent to the Racecourse Stadium, bordering Crispin Lane and Mold Road.

Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths has received a letter from Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Infrastructure, confirming officials are ‘considering the potential for acquisition of part of the land not required by Glyndwr University’ and ‘independent valuation advice is now being sought to inform further consideration of the matter.’

Purchasing the land would result in it being taken off the market and secured for any future use or redevelopment.

Last year, Glyndwr University launched its ‘Campus 2025’ strategy which aims to significantly improve all areas of its campuses.  Mr Skates’ letter also states ‘further discussions have taken place between Welsh Government officials and the University’ with regards to this matter.

In October 2017, Glyndwr University expressed their interest in purchasing the adjoining land and flats behind the Kop.  The land bordering Crispin Lane and Mold Road, which is of particular significance to Wrexham AFC, is surplus to the University’s requirements.

Lesley Griffiths AM has corresponded with the Welsh Government, Wrexham AFC and Glyndwr University for a number of months and said: “This is certainly a positive development and I thank the Cabinet Secretary for his update and continued support.”

“Securing this particular piece of land is absolutely essential for any possible future redevelopment of the Kop and I will continue to make representations to the Welsh Government and support the process.”

“Coupled with Glyndwr University’s ‘Campus 2025’ plans, I believe there is an excellent opportunity to redevelop the entire area, improving the University and the Racecourse Stadium, and achieving something truly special for the town.”

In addition, Lesley Griffiths AM has also received an update from Dafydd Elis-Thomas, Minister for Culture, Tourism & Sport, regarding the possibility of opening a Football Museum at the Racecourse Stadium.

All options are currently being explored and a feasibility study is due to be completed later in the Spring.  The letter states ‘the football club will be able to use its findings to inform its own forward planning’.

Lesley Griffiths AM added: “I am grateful to the Minister for his latest update and am pleased progress is being made.  Once the feasibility study is completed, I will do all I can to assist the club moving forward.”