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Flint residents take part in focus meeting on town’s future

RESIDENTS and businesses have been having their say on what should be included in a masterplan to regenerate Flint town centre.

A full day of consultation was held in the town last Thursday which included a business breakfast, members workshop and drop in session for users of the town and local residents.

The work was the first stage of a consultation led by DTZ/Taylor Young, who have been commissioned to develop a masterplan for the ‘future image, function and prospects of Flint’.

Caroline Baker of DTZ said the vision was to make Flint more attractive and appealing to current and future residents and to encourage more businesses to invest in the town.

“By building on the heritage of the town we want people to become more aware of it because at the moment some people don’t know Flint exists.”

Those attending the event at Flint Town Hall completed questionnaires about where they would like to see the town in five then 10 years.

Caroline added: “Over the next three to four months the consultants will prepare a strategic framework setting out the distinctive features and opportunities which Flint could build upon and then will prepare a masterplan and action plan for the town.

“These will set out where there is the greatest potential for change, what elements of the town need to be improved to encourage investment and who needs to do what to deliver change.”

The work is being undertaken on behalf of Flintshire County Council.

Caroline added: “It is anticipated that the work will be completed early in the New Year and that there will be other opportunities for local people to engage in the process.”

Flint councillor Alex Aldridge called the masterplan ‘a tremendous opportunity ’ and said Flint was ‘on the cusp of creating something really imaginative and exciting.’

“We want people to enjoy the experience of living in, working in and visiting Flint,” added Cllr Aldridge.

“It’s a huge opportunity, a blank canvas.”

Cllr Ian Roberts added: “The regeneration of Flint is the major issue facing the town.

“I hope the vast majority of people will work with the council and the consultants to bring forward a set of proposals we can all support.”