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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 October 2005, 15:59 GMT 16:59 UK
Brymbo business centre go-ahead
The former Brymbo steelworks
The steelworks, which closed in 1990, employed 6,000 workers
A £3.6m community enterprise centre is to be built on the regenerated site of the former Brymbo steelworks.

The investment made up of European, Welsh assembly governmentand local funding means building work can start this month.

The centre is one of a network of six in the area to help people find work.

Mike Shone, chair of the Brymbo and Tanyfron Regeneration Trust, said it was "just reward" for the perseverance and determination put into the project.

Brymbo steelworks closed 15 years ago leaving around 6,000 people out of work.

Since then a programme of regeneration has seen the site reclaimed and building work has also started on 500 new homes.

£14m is being spent on a network of enterprise centres

The £3.6m for the centre to be built at the end of the village high street has come from European Urban 11 Regional Development Funding, matched by Welsh Assembly Government funds and Wrexham Council.

The centre will include starter business units, conference, exhibition and training suites, crèche, day nursery, a community hall and cyber cafe.

It is one of a network of six being built around the west of Wrexham which has suffered social. economic and environmental problems in the wake of the steelworks' closure.

"We are delighted to have secured the necessary investment to deliver this project, " said Mr Shone, who is also a Wrexham councillor.

"This success is just reward for the perseverance and determination put into this project by 12 individuals committed to community-driven regeneration."

He said the centre will act as a catalyst for further regeneration of the community.

Rebecca Lowry, Wrexham Council economic development manager, said by next year a total of around £14m will have been spent on developing the ring of community centres.

"We are delighted to have achieved this latest funding and the council is totally committed to removing barriers and allowing people back to work."

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