Council demands owners make damaged chimney safe — then takes action against the couple after they removed all four

The property in in Yorke Street, Wrexham
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Owners who removed four chimneys from their property after the local authority building control warned one was unsafe, have been refused retrospective planning permission for their removal.

One of the chimneys on the property – the latter identified as a building of visual interest in the Wrexham Town Centre Conservation Area Assessment and Management Plan – was damaged in a storm last year. Owners Jason Lewis and his wife, who had inherited the property, and were reportedly given just weeks to make the chimney safe, removed all four chimneystacks. 

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