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230 new jobs hope in Broughton Park cinema expansion

ABOUT 230 new jobs could be created if a multi-million pound plan to extend Broughton Shopping Park goes ahead.

The owner, British Land, hopes to build an 11-screen cinema and five restaurants at the site. They said there was potential also to make improvements to public transport to bring more shoppers to the park.

The nearest rail station is at Hawarden – about 1-2 miles away.

It is expected that London-based British Land will submit a planning application to Flintshire County Council in the next few weeks.

A public exhibition began yesterday and will continue today (Thursday) so members of the public can find out more about what is being planned and have their say on the ambitious proposals.

Park manager Colin Gilligan said: "We are in the process of consulting with the public. The principle purpose of this plan is to reinvigorate the park and to link leisure trips and shopping trips together.

"This expansion which would create 230 new jobs underpins the 1,200-1,400 retail jobs already here.

"We are talking with the public on what are their views before submitting a planning application."

Mr Gilligan said he did not think the planned expansion would bring Broughton Shopping Park into direct competition with Cheshire Oaks which is just over the border but rather that the expansion would be "integrating into the existing offer to customers on the shopping park" and making it more attractive.

He said the restaurants would not be "fast-food" but ones where you can "sit down and dine".

Despite the "challenging times", the demand from shoppers was still growing, he said.

Mr Gilligan added: "We think it’s an exciting development and opportunity and it is to be welcomed."

The exhibition will take place from 9am-6pm at Broughton Shopping Park, next to the Tesco entrance; and at Broughton Library from 2pm-5pm.