A DELAY in developing better routes to Wrexham Industrial Estate has incensed council chiefs.
The Welsh Assembly is to delay the construction of links to the estate from both the North and South sides until April 2009 rather than 2007/08.
This will follow a further round of public consultation in February 2005, when the council will confirm its preferred routes.
It was indicated that the Assembly would not be able to fund the scheme in line with the current bid and that the council should plan the scheme on the basis of achieving a start of works a year later than expected.
Strategic director Paul Roberts said the delay was unacceptable and the executive board of the council met last week to discuss ways of ensuring the project achieves an early start.
Mr Roberts said: 'This represents a one year delay on this important project resulting in the scheme not being completed until 2011.'
Council leader Cllr Neil Rogers said the executive is extremely disappointed and angry to hear about the delay.
Cllr Rogers, who has written to Minister Andrew Davies, said: 'We will be seeking a meeting with Andrew Davies, together with partners in the North Wales Economic Forum and the business community, to ask the Minister to explain the delay on this important project and why it appears to rank lower in priority with other schemes throughout Wales.
'Wrexham Industrial Estate employs more than 7,000 in over 200 companies and it seems quite perverse that only a couple of weeks after launching the North Wales Economic Forum's Development Strategy, which highlights the importance of communications and infrastructure for the economy for North Wales, the Minister allows slippage in this project which now will not be available until after the end of the decade.'