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Labour politicians should stand up for Wrexham – or stand aside

Plaid Cymru AM Llyr Gruffydd is calling for greater action from the Welsh Government to secure land behind the Kop to ensure the regeneration of the Racecourse ground.The land is also a vital part of Wrexham council’s emerging masterplan for the railway station / Mold Road area. It would be unforgiveable to allow the land in question to be lost, when it is so strategically important. It would also be a huge waste of the consultant’s time and money.

The Welsh Government has been less than open about its part in this debacle. It has had opportunities to take ownership in recent years but squandered them, often because one department didn’t know what the other was doing.

It is not the fault of Glyndwr University that it is having to consider a higher bidder when offers were made to the Welsh Government. It would be unfair to pin the blame on them.

Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s North Wales AM, has challenged minister over this – urging them to invest in the North in the same way as they have done in projects along the M4 corridor.

We know that political pressure from Plaid Cymru is one clear way to get this Labour government to do the right thing in this case. It was a Plaid Cymru initiative that persuaded the Labour government to even consider a National Football Museum and we argued successfully that it should be here in Wrexham. Plaid Cymru secured funding for the museum and we will continue to push for this to be opened in Wrexham as part of the regeneration of this key gateway area to the town.

Wrexham as a town deserves far more from the failed Welsh Government. Wrexham AFC deserves far more too… and a redeveloped Racecourse with modern facilities (including conferencing, meeting rooms, food and drink facilities, a bigger club shop, a museum and retail outlets) would provide more income for the club year-round.

The oldest international stadium in the world needs a 21st Century vision. 

If those in power – whether in Government in Cardiff Bay or Wrexham Guildhall – don’t share that vision, they need to get out of the way and let people who have vision and ambition for the club and the town get on with the job.