News

A collection of news stories affecting our community during 2021. As of 2020 we noted our community will be liable to a higher tax burned for HS2 than it would cost to build a much-needed railway station at the centre of our community and the Pontcysyllte WHS. Therefore, we object to HS2, or as we call it, “The Welsh Bypass”. Furthermore, our railway line (Marchers) offers a viable alternative to the main West Coast Line as the former Wrexham & Shropshire Service proved before closure in 2010. We ask, why not use this to alleviate congestion on the main West Coastline, which would literally save billions of pounds.

With the now accepted (2021) cost of HS2 at £106 billion pounds and maybe more confirms the forecast of £1500 taxation for very man, woman and child in the UK. This means that our community numbering 10,000 people will contribute £15 million pounds. A first-rate railway station for Cefn Mawr next to Tesco will only cost around £12 million pounds.

Wrexham.com 1st February 2021

Wrexham Council make another attempt to auction off Ebenezer Chapel

http://www.wrexham.com/news/council-make-another-attempt-to-auction-off-ebenezer-chapel-in-cefn-mawr-201156.html

 

Practical Boat Owner 25th February 2021

My first motorboat – two sailors on how and why they converted to powerboating

https://www.pbo.co.uk/boats/my-first-motorboat-two-sailors-on-how-and-why-they-converted-to-powerboating-66970

 

The Mirror 24th February 2021

Best aqueducts in the UK from Grade I listed spots to a 479ft long structure

https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/uk-ireland/best-canal-aqueducts-uk-grade-23556529

 

Change.org 25th February 2021

94,000! Responses Environment MP & Basel Convention – Stop exporting plastic waste……

https://www.change.org/p/boris-johnson-stop-the-u-k-from-exporting-its-plastic-waste/u/28610488?cs_tk=Akb6vQwgChKJAFF4O2AAAXicyyvNyQEABF8BvGRTDdgCIYFVTM99hMh4VU4%3D&utm_campaign=f6663ded265a497092f8fb21aa8d45f0&utm_content=initial_v0_4_0&utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_update&utm_term=cs

 

Leader Live 24th February 2021

Affordable housing plans backed for approval despite concerns over proximity to former Wrexham chemicals factory

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19115082.affordable-housing-plans-backed-approval-despite-concerns-proximity-former-wrexham-chemicals-factory/

 

Business Live 24th February 2021

Wrexham, Deeside, Cardiff, Newport and the Valleys identified as key areas for economic growth in Wales

https://www.business-live.co.uk/economic-development/wrexham-deeside-cardiff-newport-valleys-19907908

 

The Telegraph 21st February 2021

Letters: Halt HS2 and spend the money on improving existing rail services

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/02/21/letters-halt-hs2-spend-money-improving-existing-rail-services/

 

Wrexham.com 19th February 2021

‘We’re failing the residents of Wrexham’ – Councillors hit out over state of area’s pothole-ridden roads

http://www.wrexham.com/news/were-failing-the-residents-of-wrexham-councillors-hit-out-over-state-of-areas-pothole-ridden-roads-200813.html

 

Wrexham.com 19th February 2021

Former Air Products site goes up for sale with £5m development value – “Potentially No Affordable Homes Required”

http://www.wrexham.com/news/former-air-products-site-goes-up-for-sale-with-5m-development-value-potentially-no-affordable-homes-required-200780.html

 

Wales on Line 19th February 2021

Everything Mark Drakeford said at Friday's Welsh Government briefing

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/health/everything-mark-drakeford-said-fridays-19872125?utm_source=wales_online_newsletter&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter2&utm_medium=email

 

Wales on Line 19th February 2021

Met Office issues amber warning for heavy rain, flooding and disruption in Wales

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/met-office-weather-rain-wales-19873494?utm_source=wales_online_newsletter&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter2&utm_medium=email

 

Leader Live 18th February 2021

New touring caravan site with 38 pitches could be created on edge of Wrexham county borough

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19101164.wrexham-new-touring-caravan-site-38-pitches-created-edge-wrexham-county-borough/

 

Leader Live 17th February 2021

Police remind public of COVID rules after Wrexham anti-social behaviour

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19096105.police-remind-public-covid-rules-wrexham-anti-social-behaviour/

 

Leader Live 17th February 2021

£200 million rail upgrade to connect North Wales and North West of England

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19097032.200-million-rail-upgrade-connect-north-wales-north-west-england/

 

Wrexham Council News 16th February 2021

REMINDER: GARDEN WASTE COLLECTIONS REVERT BACK TO FORTNIGHTLY NEXT MONTH

https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/garden-waste-collections-fortnightly/

 

Boarder Counties Advertizer 16th February 2021

Lyneal Trust keeps followers updated over potential return

https://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/19093843.lyneal-trust-keeps-followers-updated-potential-return/

 

Leader Live 16th February 2021

Determined Elodie takes on 10-mile hike for Hope House Children's Hospices

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19093397.determined-elodie-takes-10-mile-hike-hope-house-childrens-hospices/

 

Wrexham Council News 15th February 2021

CLIMATE CHANGE – YOU’RE INVITED TO AN ONLINE WORKSHOP ABOUT OUR PLANS TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT

https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/climate-change-invitation-to-online-workshop/

 

Northwich Guardian 11th February 2021

See this stunning murmuration over Neumann's Flash in Northwich

https://www.northwichguardian.co.uk/news/19084430.see-stunning-murmuration-neumanns-flash-northwich/

 

The Mirror 6th February 2021

Six Nations 2021 fixtures: All matches, dates, kick-off times and TV channels

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/six-nations-2021-fixtures-matches-23434121

The PKC Group ask, do Coronavirus Restrictions only apply to ordinary people like us?

 

BBC 3rd February 2021

Is high-speed rail travel on a track to nowhere?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55624103

 

Wrexham.com3rd February 2021

Council await price to fix landslip at Newbridge with possible £500k-£1m cost

http://www.wrexham.com/news/wrexham-flood-damage-could-cost-up-to-2m-to-repair-senior-councillor-reveals-200027.html

 

Canal and River Trust 1st February 2021

Get active to fight plastic, Hundreds of people have already pledged their support for our Plastics Challenge, all doing their bit to help us preserve our precious rivers and canals. But now more than ever, we urgently need to keep up the fight.

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/news-and-views/blogs/waterfront/get-active-to-fight-plastic?utm_source=marketo&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fr_wf101_4feb2021&utm_term=button&utm_content=plasticschallenge&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWTJJMVlqZzVZVEU1TldaaCIsInQiOiJlS1kyV0hyOVBIWWtPXC85cHg1czY4QWNlZzFRYjVvUTc1Uk9Mb1FyeGJYdjlPazJpRHJyWGdNYzVkeVwvYTRKT0tVRFlYM0N6Z01jYVdaOEpVY2xneGU1alRSbWhCTnA3MVwvSlk3MzNOWFY5UWt4dDFwOTJjR0hFUTN5OTU5ejB3TCJ9

 

Boarder Counties Advertiser 26th January 2021

Buses between Oswestry and Wrexham affected by landslide

https://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/19038749.buses-oswestry-wrexham-affected-landslide/

Wrexham Council News 24th January 2021

RECOVERY WORK CONTINUES AS SNOW FALLS ACROSS THE COUNTY BOROUGH

https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/recovery-continues-as-snow-falls-in-wrexham/

 

Daily Post 23rd January 2021

Full list of roads and rail services still affected following Storm Christoph flooding

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/full-list-roads-rail-services-19686522

 

Wrexham Council News 23rd January 2021

RECOVERY WORK UNDERWAY AT BANGOR-ON-DEE FOLLOWING FLOODS

https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/recovery-work-underway-at-bangor-on-dee-following-floods/

 

Wrexham Council News 22nd January 2021

COVID-19 BRIEFING NOTE – DO YOUR BIT, STAY STRONG AND STICK WITH IT

https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/covid-19-briefing-note-do-your-bit-stay-strong-and-stick-with-it/

 

Shropshire Star 22nd January 2021

Charity planning for return of annual walk

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/health/coronavirus-covid19/2021/01/22/charity-planning-for-return-of-annual-walk/

 

Wrexham Council News 22nd January 2021

LIGHTING THE DARKNESS…REMEMBER HOLOCAUST DAY WITH A CANDLE THIS YEAR

https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/lighting-the-darkness-candle-for-holocaust-day/

 

Leader Live 22nd January 2021

Hope House Children's Hospices plans Llangollen Canal Walk a year on from last live event

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19027665.hope-house-childrens-hospices-plans-llangollen-canal-walk-year-last-live-event/

 

Wrexham.com 22nd January 2021

Storm Christoph floods near Wrexham as seen from space

http://www.wrexham.com/news/storm-christoph-floods-near-wrexham-as-seen-from-space-199359.html

 

Wrexham.com 21st January 2021

Emergency services ask Bangor on Dee residents to evacuate due to severe flood risk

http://www.wrexham.com/news/2am-emergency-services-ask-bangor-on-dee-residents-to-evacuate-due-to-severe-flood-risk-199263.html

 

Wrexham.com 21st January 2021

Significant rainfall continues to cause flooding issues across parts of Wrexham

http://www.wrexham.com/news/significant-rainfall-continues-to-cause-flooding-issues-across-parts-of-wrexham-199280.html

 

Wrexham.com 20th January 2021

Houses evacuated in New Broughton as flooding hits area – “all available resources” deployed by council

http://www.wrexham.com/news/houses-evacuated-in-new-broughton-as-flooding-hits-area-all-available-resources-deployed-by-council-199228.html

 

Shropshire Star 20th January 2021

Floods hits roads and trains as Shropshire river levels rise

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/2021/01/20/floods-in-the-county-and-warnings-as-river-levels-rise/v

 

Leader Live 20th January 2021

Storm Christoph: Main roads in Flintshire and Wrexham worst affected by flooding

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19025531.storm-christoph-main-roads-flintshire-wrexham-worst-affected-flooding/

 

The Leader 12th January 2021

Wrexham puppy trainer celebrates record number of pups coming through her classes - despite multiple lockdowns

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19005250.wrexham-puppy-trainer-celebrates-record-number-pups-coming-classes---despite-multiple-lockdowns/

 

Wales On Line 10th January 2021

More than 100 cars turned away from Welsh beauty spot by police

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/more-100-cars-turned-away-19598144?utm_source=wales_online_newsletter&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter2&utm_medium=email

 

Bromsgrove Standard 9th January 2021

Petition protest to HS2 speeds to 70,000 signatures in days

https://www.bromsgrovestandard.co.uk/news/petition-protest-to-hs2-speeds-to-70000-signatures-in-days-26805/

 

In Your Area 8th January 2021

Historic canal lift bridge in Wrenbury receives £150,000 from charity

https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/historic-canal-lift-bridge-in-wrenbury-receives-150-000-from-charity/

 

Wales on Line 6th January 2021

‘We are taking full responsibility for waste:’ Lesley Griffiths on how recycling is going to change in Wales. Wales' Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs shares her strategy for 2021.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/special-features/we-taking-full-responsibility-waste-19453957

 

Shropshire Star 6th January 2021

Dylan gives a present to the community on his birthday

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/oswestry/chirk/2021/01/06/dylan-gives-a-present-to-the-community-on-his-birthday/

 

Bucks Free Press 5th January 2021

More than 45,000 people sign new petition to stop HS2

https://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/18988251.45-000-people-sign-new-petition-stop-hs2/

 

The Telegraph 2nd January 2021

Anti-HS2 campaigners unite around new push to see controversial project scrapped. Rail demand has dipped during the pandemic as people work from home and avoid crowded public transport.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/01/02/anti-hs2-campaigners-unite-around-new-push-see-controversial/

 

Shropshire Star 2nd January 2021

WATCH Tower gives a bird's eye view of Whixall Mosses. The Mammoth Tower is a short walk along the Llangollen Canal towpath from Morris' Bridge car park.

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/north-shropshire/wem/2021/01/02/tower-gives-a-birds-eye-view-of-the-landscape/

 

The Times 2nd January 2021

Transport bosses told to trim their six-figure salaries. The transport secretary wants to slash the number of huge pay awards handed to leaders at organisations such as HS2, Network Rail and Highways England because of concerns that levels are too high. Note the HS2 CEO in charge of the Gravy Train is the highest paid civil servant in the UK.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/transport-bosses-told-to-trim-their-six-figure-salaries-l0jffbfqx

 

Please note the Cefn & Cefn Mawr covers all the villages at the central section of the Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site consisting of Cefn Mawr (leading commercial centre), Cefn Bychan, Rhosymedre, Plas Madoc, Acrefair, Garth, Trevor, Cysyllte, Froncysyllte, Pentre, and Newbridge. The total population is approximately 10,000 and is the largest community in the WHS corridor outnumbering the combined populations of Chirk and Llangollen. We all live in a 2-mile radius circle of Cefn Mawr village centre and our pub, the Holly Bush Inn.

Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation

Please also note that the WIMD is dated 2014 and based on preceding information, in short there is a significant time delay with the above picture and the economic structure of our community has without doubt, deteriorated further than is depicted in this WIMD data.

For an up to date assessment of our communities current status please see:

Cefn Wider Social & Economic Study 2020