TEMPERS ran high as scores of protesters congregated on playing fields at Tanyfron on Saturday.
Residents claim the land, near College Hill, is the only suitable open space left for children to play and voiced their anger at it being earmarked for a housing development.
Parents are keen to keep the land as they feel it is somewhere they can see their children playing safely.
Wrexham AMs Karen Sinclair and Dr John Marek addressed protesters along with Martyn Jones, Labour MP for Clwyd South, and Brymbo councillor Mike Shone.
Campaigner Caroline Parry, who organised the protest and a petition, said: 'The first we knew
about the land being sold was when I saw a 'for sale' sign about a week ago at the bottom of the field where nobody would see it.
'There really is no need for any more houses in this area, but the kids need somewhere to play.'
Karen Sinclair AM said: 'Threeand-a-half years ago, I really did fight against this. The sad part is the land has now got outline planning permission.
'We can't tell you we're going to win this - what we can do is fight for a slice of the money for playing facilities in the area.'
Cllr Mike Shone said: 'I am doing everything I can. I would never have agreed to the sale of this land, but it has been done now.
'Residents have my support and I will be working to make sure the community benefits from any money raised through the sale of the land.'
Resident Derek Griffiths pointed out that in parts of the playing field there were hazel thickets, oak trees, rare birds, doormice and badgers and that it may be protected by planning laws.
Martin Wright, chief Transportation and Asset Management officer, issued a statement which read: 'The council owns the play area and adjoining land at the end of Meadow View, together with amenity areas fronting Meadow View.
'There are no current proposals to dispose of these areas of land. The council are, however, in the process of finalising the sale of land with full council
approval and the benefit of out-line planning consent to residential development at College Hill, Tanyfron which is near Meadow View.
'This land has been allocated for residential development for a number of years. The school playing pitch, which forms part of the land being sold, has been replaced at Tanyfron School, as a planning condition and there will be open space provided within the new residential development.
'Allotments adjoining the site have been retained for use by the local community. Full public consultation was undertaken in connecting with the outline planning application and the sale of the playing pitch was advertised in the local press in accordance with statutory requirements.'