RESIDENTS of Acton were triumphant following a decision to save part of their park from development.
Protestors gathered with placards outside Wrexham Guildhall last Tuesday to object to the proposed developments on the Jeffries Road and Tapley Avenue areas of Acton Park.
Members of the public voiced their concerns at a packed Executive Board meeting, which resulted in councillors voting to stop the proposed development on the Tapley Avenue area of the park.
Development on the other site at Jeffries Road was passed and details will be decided upon at a future planning meeting.
The proposed development at Tapley Avenue would have seen a section of the park being used for a residential development.
The site on Jeffries Road is earmarked for a single residential dwelling on a 717-square metre strip of land.
Acton resident Tom Price spoke at the meeting on behalf of fellow resident Val Joy and said: 'The development is tantamount to eco-vandalism. Acton Park is a valuable resource of open green space, used by children who play on it in winter, summer, autumn and spring.'
Cllr Geoff Lowe, community councillor for Acton, said: 'This proposal flies in the face of what the Unitary Development Plan said only this year. This is the last green heart beating in an already overdeveloped area.'
Cllr Lowe believes the council's decision to halt the development on Tapley Avenue will aid a Lottery bid that has been placed for improvements to the park.
Following the Executive Board's decision, Cllr Lowe said: 'I would like to congratulate all those that came and spoke today on behalf of the community. This is excellent news on for the people of Acton and the whole of Wrexham. It was a good decision.'
Anita Howard a member of Action4Acton, a pressure group against the development, said: 'We're very pleased that they've at least concluded the development in Tapley Road was wrong. The proposed development in Tapley Avenue was bigger and the implications were more pronounced.'
It was proposed that money from the sale of the land in Acton would have been used for the improvement of Wrexham's schools, Cllr Lowe said.
'Schools are a very important issue. We need to pressurise the Welsh Assembly to bring more investment into North Wales, and a little less into Cardiff Bay,' added Cllr Lowe.