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Flintshire County Council reveals plans for Connah's Quay, Queensferry and Shotton £10m revamp

UP TO £10m of public money will be pumped into three Deeside towns to finance a revolutionary renovation project.

The windfall from the Welsh Assembly Government will fund a housing overhaul in Connah’s Quay, Queensferry and Shotton and make them towns to be proud of, regeneration chiefs say.

It is hoped the initiative, which could be officially rubber-stamped as early as February, will:

Reduce crime

Encourage investment

Create safer homes

Restore civic pride.

Cllr Tony Sharps, deputy leader of Flintshire County Council, told the Chronicle: “This is one of the best schemes ever to be offered to North Wales and we must take advantage and make the three areas a credit to Flintshire.”

The 10-year project will see the council receive around £440,000 a year for the first three years. The remainder of the cash would then be released subject to a review.

The proposals will focus upon upgrading privately-owned homes and business premises in the towns and installing energy-saving features.

Cllr Sharps, Flintshire’s executive member for the environment, believes only a national catastrophe will prevent the realisation of scheme.

The council is required to make a formal application to the Assembly in February, when the funding is expected to be agreed. The bid will include details of the condition of houses and how the properties can be improved.

But before then, probably before Christmas, the proposals will be put out for public consultation. “People must be totally informed. We’ve got loads of information which we need to get out,” said Cllr Sharps.

Around 5,600 homes and hundreds of businesses will receive surveys in the coming weeks, and the feedback will form a crucial part of the funding bid.

A number of sites are currently being considered for an exhibition and information centre, where detailed proposals will be on public display throughout the decade-long programme.

The team leading the project consists of Cllr Sharps and council leader Arnold Woolley, together with chief executive Colin Everett, Flintshire’s chief housing officer and Cllr Helen Yale, the council’s executive member for housing.

Cllr Woolley said: “We are determined to improve homes, shops and transport in the area and will be working with communities to identify priorities.

“The money will be used to improve living conditions focusing on improved health, energy efficiency and other neighbourhood improvements. It will also open the doors to further funding to benefit the area.”

Housing associations, private sector landlords, police, health boards, environmental groups, developers and town councils will also be consulted on the plans.

Cllr Sharps said: “It’s money we’ve been chasing for a long time and it’s a wonderfully exciting scheme.

“It’s going to take a long time but we hope it’ll benefit all three towns and make them places we can be proud of.”

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