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Recreational Water Testing

There are 14 locations in Wrexham County Borough that have pools (swimming pools, spa pools or hydrotherapy pools) that are used by the general public.

If you run a business and are thinking of opening a pool for use by the general public in Wrexham County Borough please contact us for advice regarding water testing requirements.

Japanese Knotweed

If there are problems with Japanese Knotweed growing in the vicinity of any properties then we advise people to consult Natural Resources Wales (formerly the Environment Agency Wales), General Information Helpline Tel. 03708 506 506 / 0300 065 3000 for methods of clearance/disposal.

For general advice on Japanese Knotweed and Invasive Plants please consult our advice leaflet.

Control of Disease

Burial of Destitute Persons

To obtain further advice from this Department please contact us.


Exhumation is the term used when human or cremated remains are to be moved. The word exhumation comes from the Latin and means in a very narrow sense “from the ground”. Exhumations are generally rare. They cannot take place without the necessary legal authorisation as it is unlawful to disturb any human remains also including any cremated remains.

Exhumation can be traumatic for all those involved. Thorough consideration and gathering of information about the whole process would be advisable before commencement of an exhumation. It is also advisable to discuss the issues with other members of your family and discuss why you wish to proceed with this matter.

This process can be lengthy and costly. Not only will there be the cost of the exhumation itself, other costs relating to exhumations could be:

If you require more detailed advice please telephone the Crematorium Office or the Cemetery Office and a member of staff may be able to offer you independent advice on all aspects of exhumation. They can be contacted on 01978 840068.

Reasons for exhumation

The remains of someone you care about needs to be removed from their grave or burial plot. Relatives may wish to change from the original grave to another family plot in the same or different cemetery.

Caravan Site License

Holiday Caravan Sites are licensed by Environmental Protection Department. Residential Mobile Home sites, traditionally known as Park Home sites, are licensed by the Housing Standards Team.

In order to apply for a site licence the caravan or mobile home site must have planning permission.

Once planning permission has been obtained then the applicant must fill in the application form with regards to obtaining a licence for a Holiday Caravan Site. If you wish to apply for a Mobile Home (Residential) Site licence, please contact the Private Rented Sector Team. A fee will apply.

After the initial application has been received a site inspection will be carried out and then the site licence issued according to the inspection outcome.

There is no fee for the licence application.

Licensed Caravan sites in the Wrexham County Borough are listed below.

Holiday Caravan Sites:

Mobile Home (Residential) Sites:

* The list above does not include Caravan Club sites or Gypsy and Traveller sites as they are exempt under the legislation.

Unauthorised Access to Buildings

If a property is open to access to the general public then the Environmental Protection section can serve a legal notice on the owner of the property requiring them to secure the building within 48 hours of service of the Notice. This Department will secure the property if the Owner fails to do so.

Properties that are empty for more that 6 months should be referred to the Housing Standards Team for inspection and initial action.

Report an Empty Property Online

Abandoned Mines and Open Quarries

Wrexham has a proud mining heritage. For example, Lead mining in the Minera area to the west of Wrexham has been traced to as far back as 1296. The lead mining boom period here though was the mid-1860s. Minera is Latin for ore or mine.

Most of the old mines have not been worked for at least 100 years though many features of lead mine workings are now protected as Scheduled Monuments for their archaeological interest or as sites of special scientific interest.

Former collieries have been converted into industrial and business parks – one such development at Bersham Colliery has the last surviving head gear in the North Wales coalfield.

As a legacy of this industry, abandoned mine shafts and open quarries exist across the county. Now that the public has increased access rights to the open countryside and registered common land where many of these features are likely to be found, these sites can be dangerous.

Should you know of any unprotected abandoned mine shaft or quarries with dangerous unmarked cliff faces, please contact us on 01978 298989 (or via email: contact-us@wrexham.gov.uk) so that we can provide guidance to the landowner as well as help preserve the county’s mining history for future generations to enjoy.

Bracken Spraying

Occasionally bracken spraying and burning is undertaken in the Wrexham area.

Bracken is a highly invasive plant and creates a “green desert” if left unmanaged, rapidly smothering out other heathland plants, including the purple heather so much a part of our upland landscapes.

Bracken spraying usually takes place from very late July until the end of August. To be successful the spraying needs several continuous days of fine, dry weather, which makes it impossible to give exact dates in advance.

Without control, bracken displaces the plants and animals found in upland area.

Traditional bracken management techniques such as grazing and cutting for animal bedding are no longer practised. This allowed the bracken to spread out of control for much of the 20th century, crowding out other species.

To obtain further advice from this Department please either complete an Online Enquiry Form or contact us.


The Council may apply to the Secretary of State for permission to operate bye laws covering particular activities. These are effectively local laws to deal with local issues.

Failure to comply with bye laws is a criminal offence. In many cases any person contravening a bye law is liable on summary conviction to a fine of an amount not exceeding:

for each offence.

Byelaws in place cover pleasure grounds and open spaces, fly tipping and fly posting and the use of hackney carriages. You can ask to see the bye-laws at the Guildhall, Wrexham.

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