RESIDENTS in Rhosddu are hopeful a For Sale sign which has appeared on an empty house earmarked for a children's home means the plans have now been shelved.
Social Services had announced plans to relocate a children's home from Cherry Hill in Borras to Ty Mynydd on New Road, Rhosddu.
However, householders say they are confused about the For Sale sign, as Wrexham Council insists the plan is still being considered.
One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: 'We were all a bit surprised when the sign went up. We'd not heard anything about the matter for a while but we're hoping this latest development will mean things are going in our favour.'
But Andrew Figiel, chief Social Services officer, said: 'A report will be presented to the executive board in due course.'
Wrexham Social Services is proposing to buy Ty Mynydd with a view to turning it into a four-place children's home.
The home is currently located in Borras and is managed by voluntary organisation Spurgeon's Child Care on behalf of the council.
When the plan was announced, residents living close to the New Road site urged councillors to scrap the plans, fearing disruptive behaviour from children.
The matter was deferred at a council executive board meeting earlier this year for further consultation between relevant officers and neighbouring residents.
More than 130 protesters turned out to a public meeting in April to voice their concerns. And following the meeting, residents set up an action group to oppose the move.
The campaigner added: 'The house they are proposing is ugly and highly visible, there's no space around it and it's on a busy road. They are planning to put children in there who deserve privacy and security.
'The council insists it's no different from any family moving into the house.
'We've been told the matter will be going to the executive board but I hope the council will consider our views and concerns.'