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Llangollen Canal: Cefn Mawr villagers plan marina development
Former Flexsys site
The Plas Kynaston Canal Group would like to transform this site into a marina

A group of villagers have unveiled proposals for a new stretch of Llangollen Canal and a 60-berth marina.

The Plas Kynaston Canal Group want to see the Llangollen Canal in Cefn Mawr, Wrexham, which was covered over when a chemical firm set up on site in the 1930s, reinstated.

Under the plans, which don't yet include financial backing, the marina would occupy the site of the former Flexsys factory which closed last year with the loss of 163 jobs, with the marina at nearby Queen's Hotel.

Group representative Dave Metcalfe said: "This is physically feasible and it would link Cefn Mawr, and the other surrounding villages, into the waterway network.

"Currently we are less than half a mile in a direct line from the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which is a World Heritage Site, and we see no benefit from it."

Queen's Hotel, Cefn Mawr
A 60-berth marina would be sited behind Cefn Mawr's Queen's Hotel

Mr Metcalfe sees a real need for a new marina in the area: "The Llangollen Canal is one of the busiest sections of inland waterway in the UK and only has 35 temporary berths at Llangollen.

"The Trevor Basin [part of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct site] has very limited capacity and most boats don't even stop there because of that.

"If we could reinstate the canal and build a marina that would alleviate that problem and increase the amount of trade stopping at the Trevor Basin area."

The canal the group hope to reinstate once ran under the site of the old Flexsys works which have dominated the Dee Valley since they were built in the 1930s.

The area been hit by several factory closures in recent years and the Plas Kynaston Canal Group think their plans would bring a big boost to the local economy.

The group would like to see their proposals included in the authority's forthcoming local development plan (LDP) and they, and representatives from Wrexham council, were on hand in Cefn Mawr's George Edwards Hall this week to give local people a chance to comment on their ideas.

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