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Bwlchgwyn Community Centre faces threat from 1930s covenant

Published date: 17 March 2017 |
Published by: Rory Sheehan 
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THE discovery of a historic covenant may mean a community centre, saved from closure, has to be torn down.

It was discovered that the Bwlchgwyn Community Centre, built in the 1970s, is sitting on land which was gifted to the old Brymbo parish council by King George VI in the 1930s.

Bwlchgwyn Village Hall Association showed interest in taking on the building since Wrexham Council agreed to hive off community centres as part of budget cuts in 2014.

The association intends to seek funding to invest in the premises and will require the security of a lease to support the application.

But it has since emerged that there was a covenant placed on the land which meant that it should never have been built on.

The land was given to Brymbo Parish Council in 1937 and is held on trust under the provision of the King George’s Fields Foundation.

Its objectives are to provide open space for the purposes of outdoor games, sports and pastimes.

The community centre does not comply with those objectives and permission is required from Fields in Trust for any change of use.

Now Wrexham Council is working with Fields in Trust to seek approval from the Charity Commission to see if the covenant can be transferred to another piece of land to save the centre.

If no resolution is found, the centre may have to be demolished.

An update was relayed to Brymbo Community Council at their monthly meeting by Minera councillor David Kelly who described it as “bizarre” and “sad news”.

He said: “I feel very sorry for the residents of Bwlchgwyn who have worked so hard to save the centre.”

At Wrexham Council’s executive board meeting this month, members agreed to consult with Field in Trust trustees and Brymbo Community Council to identify other sites for the King George’s Field Foundation dedication.

Lead member for community and partnerships, Cllr Hugh Jones said: “Attempts are being made to move the situation forward and we are working hard as the community is entitled to a resolution on this.”

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