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Flintshire County Council gives go-ahead to first phase of Deeside regeneration project

Up to £10m could be pumped into the region over the next 10 years, as part of a WAG initiative to renovate ‘deprived’ communities.

It is also believed the flagship scheme could see up to £500m of private sector investment injected into Deeside – and thousands of jobs created.

The project team – consisting of senior councillors and County Hall officers – has now decided on a list of priorities for each of the three towns after extensive consultations with community leaders.

A council spokesman said: “The timescales of the projects will be dependent on what is involved, but the majority of the work is expected to be completed by March 31 next year.”

Connah’s Quay councillor Bernie Attridge said: “This investment is much needed and I’m keeping my fingers crossed more money will be invested in the area.”

Cllr Aaron Shotton added: “Following a long campaign I am pleased funding has been allocated for the revamp of the High Street area of Connah’s Quay – it is in real need of an uplift.”

Cllr David Wisinger said the planned improvements in Queensferry would be ‘a major boost’ for the community.

“The projects will upgrade the whole area and really improve the entrance to Queensferry,” he said.

“This is fantastic news.”

Shotton councillor Ann Minshull added: “I’m pleased about all the improvements, particularly the toilets.

“And I know residents will be delighted about parking issues being addressed.”

As a designated neighbourhood renewal area (NRA) Connah’s Quay, Queensferry and Shotton, which have a combined population of about 30,000, could become the first so-called low-carbon communities in Wales.

Future funding permitting, private houses will be modernised and homeowners given the opportunity to convert to solar power.

House prices are expected to increase by up to 25% in some areas.

And councillors hope long-standing problems with traffic in Deeside will also be alleviated.


Enhancing the appearance of the area between Dock Road and Mold Road by enhancing the festival gardens site and providing landscaping, seating and bins.
Boosting the area around the Red Hall shops off Englefield Avenue, ensuring littering and fly-tipping issues are addressed and trying to attract grants for further improvements.
Addressing parking problems on Primrose Street and working with the residents association to improve the play area.

Revamping the frontage of the listed War Memorial Institute and replacing the fence at the front of the building.
Replacing the traffic island at the B5129/Station Road interchange with a grassed area and replacing old or defective barriers.
Improving the appearance of the area adjacent to the Spar, KFC and Trinity Church, possibly including the creation of a town square/public space.
Landscaping the railway bridge area, introducing trees and vegetation and erecting a Queensferry sign.

Upgrading the town’s public toilets and creating baby-changing facilities. Relocation will also be considered.
Creating parking bays along Alexandra Street and improving parking facilities in Terrig Street, Clwyd Street and Butler Street.
Introducing bollards to curb car parking on Salisbury Street and King Edward Street and improve access for refuse vehicles.

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