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Tuesday, 14 May, 2002, 10:16 GMT 11:16 UK
Picture gallery: Brymbo steelworks
Preparations are under way to regenerate the former Brymbo steelworks site which closed over a decade ago.

It is hoped the plans to build new houses, business premises and recreational facilities on the 240 acre site will breathe new life into the surrounding villages.

Since the closure of the steelworks in 1990 the area has fallen into decline. Many local people claim that the younger generation have moved out in a bid to improve the quality of their lives.

Over a 1,000 workers were made redundant when the plant was abandoned.

However the owners of the site - Brymbo Development Ltd - claim the redevelopment could create up to 1,000 jobs.

Steelmaking generic
Steelmaking was at the heart of the Brymbo community

Brymbo steelworks
The steelworks site was shut down in 1990

Brymbo village
The village was once a thriving community

St Mary's Aided Primary School, Brymbo
Since the closure local people claim pupil numbers have fallen

Brymbo steelworks site
The 240 acre site is now set to be redeveloped

Joanne Mannering, 29, and her 10-year-old daughter Natasha
Generations of families have been effected by the closure

See also:

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