TRAFFIC CONCERNS: Wrexham car wash and tyre fitting plans approved
Salop Road, Image: LDRS
Plans for a car wash and tyre fitting business in Wrexham have been approved despite concerns over the impact on traffic.
An application was put forward in March to redevelop the old Wrexham Musical Theatre Society site in the town centre.
The theatre on Salop Road, which dated back to the late-1800s, closed in spring 2014 due to dwindling membership numbers.
It was then demolished two years later and the site has remained vacant ever since.
Proposals for it to be used by a company called P1 Speedyfit Ltd were supported by a majority of councillors at a meeting on Monday, September 6.
The decision was made despite some community leaders voicing fears that it could lead to traffic congestion in the area and cause pollution to the nearby River Gwenfro.
Speaking at the planning committee meeting, Cllr Graham Rogers, who represents the Hermitage ward, said: “As a resident not living too far away, it is a very busy area.
“All we’re going to do if we grant approval for this is to increase the volume of traffic.
“Highways have already expressed their concern and their views.
“Nothing has changed in my opinion from what they’ve stated previously, plus the fact of the possibility of river contamination.
“Along those lines. I will not be supporting the application.”
Similar plans were rejected last year because of the risk of flooding and increased traffic.
However, councillors were advised they should grant permission for the latest application.
The recommendation from planning officials came despite objections from the local authority’s highways department.
Planning officer Matthew Phillips said the proposals would improve the existing access point to the site.
Meanwhile, the sole director of the company behind the scheme said it would help to create jobs.
Howard Forland said: “The site has remained vacant for many years since the theatre was demolished.
“The size of the location is considerably in excess of what we require for both outlets and therefore this significantly reduces the potential for congestion on Rivulet Road.
“I calculate that across both outlets this would create approximately up to 25 full time and part time jobs for a seven day a week business.
“I believe that our presence will provide a valuable service to the local community as well as passing traffic.”
In response, Cllr Rogers reiterated that the plans would only add to existing congestion problems in the area.
He proposed the application should be refused on highway safety grounds.
However, permission was granted by 14 votes to four at the end of the debate.
Words: Liam Randall, Local Democracy Reporter
Watch the channel on TV