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High street chain interested in Flint cafe takeover

THE cafe at Flint Pavilion could be saved – with the possibility of it being taken over by a co-operative or a major high street brand.

More than 1,000 people signed a petition to keep the leisure centre cafe open after council plans to close it were revealed in October.

But at a meeting of Flintshire County Council’s executive committee on Tuesday, director of lifelong learning Ian Budd said proposals for keeping the cafe open were being discussed.

“Expressions of interest have been made during consultation in relation to new ways of operating a staffed cafe at Flint,” he said.

“They range from developing a co-operative model for service delivery with community partners to interest from a major high street brand.

“There are realistic proposals to take forward for detailed evaluation.”

Speaking after the meeting Flint Town Council leader, Cllr Ian Roberts, said he was ‘delighted’ with the news.

He told the Chronicle: “I would like to thank everybody who took the time to sign the petition.

“I am very pleased there has been interest from a high street chain and delighted that the council is looking at a co-operative, perhaps a mixture of the two could be discussed.

“This is very good news.”

Cafes at Holywell and Mold leisure centres are still set to close.