Wrexham, like many towns around the UK, has been struggling in recent years. It seems there are always new shop fronts being boarded up and businesses leaving the high street. But as the largest town in North Wales greater efforts are now being made to regenerate it.
North Wales Live went to speak to people in Wrexham to find out what they’d like to see as part of plans to reinvigorate their town centre.
Among the most common suggestions made by readers of the newspaper were for cheaper town centre parking and lower rents and rates to encourage more businesses to set up in the town. Those who were surveyed also want to see more efforts made to attract more independent and small shops rather than the big chains.
There were a number of other suggestions as to how Wrexham can broaden its appeal and become lively again, including running festivals and other entertainment, as well as developing more accommodation.
Readers also stated that there’s a need for accessibility in the town centre to be reviewed, while others want to see a brand identity for Wrexham established.
Lowri Charlotte Haf Morgan Jones was one of the people who spoke to the newspaper. She said: “We’re fine for bars. More little shops. Split one of the big empty department stores into little sections for local businesses. A bit like what Ty Pawb has done except more mixed local business.”
Business leaders at Wrexham County Borough Council recently said that things in the town have been looking up, with more shops beginning to open in the Henblas Square shopping centre. They also cited the opening of the Ty Pawb Arts Centre as a positive for the town.
Elise Rose Morgan, another visitor to Wrexham town centre, said that it’s important to bring the community spirit back into the town. “If people could go into town to get their meat, fruit and veg, the social aspect and community support would surely bring them in,” she suggested.
There were also calls for more support to be provided to the homeless people in Wrexham, as well as to help tackle substance abuse in the town.
Last month, independent businesses in Wrexham criticised the council for their lack of support for their businesses. Leader Live revealed that many of the town’s small business owners want more help to promote their offerings.
The complaints come from small traders who are based in the Butchers Market and claim they are often overlooked in favour of Ty Pawb when it comes to the council’s marketing efforts.
June Edwards, a trader at the C Books stall, told the newspaper: “They could definitely do more to help us small traders with promotions but they don’t seem bothered.”
However, councillor Terry Evans, lead member for economic performance and regeneration, expressed disappointment that traders don’t feel supported. He said that the councillor regularly promotes the market and urged any traders who feel they aren’t doing enough to get in touch with the council’s markets team.
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