News that houses dubbed an eyesore on Ruabon High Street will be knocked down with affordable houses built in their place has been warmly welcomed by community campaigners.
A row of houses were built on the old garage site on the High Street 15 years ago, but were never completed or occupied. Over the years the land became overgrown and the houses vandalised.
Plaid Cymru and community campaigners Mabon ap Gwynfor and Pol Wong launched a campaign to resolve the issue two years ago. Their campaign was inspired by the work of the late Cllr Barrie Price who had fought for many years to tackle the problem before his untimely passing in 2011.
Pol Wong, who runs a gym in Ruabon and is Plaid Cymru's candidate in next week's county council elections, said:
“Barrie fought tirelessly for Ruabon. He was a true champion of the village. He worked hard to try and resolve the issue around these derelict houses and I'm so glad that it appears they have finally been resolved.”
Mabon ap Gwynfor who launched the petition two years ago said:
“These houses have been a blight in Ruabon for many years. I remember discussing the issue with Barrie Price as far back as 2010, which is why we re-launched the campaign two years ago. Credit must go to the local community council for keeping the issue alive. "The people of the village were keen to get something done and signed the petition in their hundreds. We now look forward to seeing these houses knocked down and affordable houses built so that local people have the option of staying in their community.”