We still don’t know what the Government’s plans for a Wrexham court are – despite the police station next door being demolished soon.
I have been pushing Ministers for solid answers over their plans for custody cells to serve the court for several months, but proposals from the Government are yet to be unveiled – despite the imminent closure of the police station nearby.
The current Wrexham police site is expected to close next year, with a recent announcement indicating it is being looked at for the development of a retail outlet. Work is well underway on a regional police headquarters in Llay, with the site expected to be operational by August next year.
Within the year, North Wales Police expect to have moved from their current headquarters to the new station in Llay.
This move will have major implications for both the Bodhyfryd site and for the provision of justice in North East Wales.
Wrexham Magistrates’ Court has already been the subject of critical reports for its custody provision and the Government knows something needs to be done. Ministers also know that the police are set to have moved from their current site next to the court in a year’s time.
Yet, despite a series of questions about their plans, we know more about the proposals by developers for the Bodhyfyryd site once it is no longer a police station than we do about the Government’s plans to update the Magistrates’ Court facilities that that closure will affect.
The Government, despite repeated questions about what they intend to do, seem to be no further forward with just twelve months to go. We need clarity from them about what their plans are for Wrexham – and we need it quickly.