PLANS to open a sex shop at a property famous for being the birthplace of a Charge of the Light Brigade survivor have been approved.
Wrexham Council’s Licensing committee yesterday approved an application for the shop in Mount Street to sell adult material.
A council spokeswoman said: “The application was approved subject to conditions. The main one is that any licensed material should not be displayed in the front area of the shop.”
She added the frontage of the shop will have flowers and curtains.
“There will not be any items, whether licensed or not, in the front of the shop that would suggest it is a private adult shop,” she said.
Fantasy House applied to Wrexham Council for a licence to turn it into a shop selling adult clothing.
A spokeswoman for the firm said they were “delighted” at the council’s decision.
Initial plans for the shop were revealed last month and were met with anger.
The National Chairman of the Crimean War Research Society Peter Knox, who lives in Mold, planned to lodge a complaint with the council.
Edwin Hughes was born at number 2 Mount Street, Wrexham, in 1830.
He was the son of a tinplate worker and became a shoemaker until 1852 when he joined up. He became known as “Balaclava Ned” after riding with the 13th Light Dragoons in the Crimean War charge.
Mr Hughes was injured in the charge and his horse was killed. He survived and continued to serve in the Crimean campaign until being discharged in 1873.
He then served with the Worcestershire Yeomanry Cavalry until 1886.
In 1923 he became the last survivor of the Charge of the Light Brigade. He died in Blackpool in 1927.
Though he had moved away from Wrexham he often returned to the town and in 1992, on the anniversary of the Charge, a plaque was placed on the house in Mount Street where he was born.