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Town square could breathe new life into Flint, consultation reveals

A NEW town square could help reinstate a central ‘heart’ to Flint, a consultation has revealed.

The square, which would focus on St Mary’s Church, is just one idea put forward to help improve the town’s image.

Residents were invited to have their say on the masterplan, drawn up by consultants DTZ, at Flint Town Hall last Thursday.

The masterplan revealed landscaping of the castle could be improved, along with alterations to the bridge accessing it and promotion of the popular landmark as an event space which could help reinforce its historic significance.

Sites around the town have also been highlighted as potential areas for more retail, restaurants and housing.

Other suggestions include increasing the number of market stalls and the days it runs, improving health provision in the town with a big medical centre, encouraging landlords to invest in their existing stock and improving the sense of arrival into Flint along the A548.

In a statement, DTZ said: “Our work will create a ‘new story’ for Flint, explaining what the town has to offer, why it is special, what it is trying to achieve and what it will focus its efforts upon.

“Flint’s themes are: castle, centre, coast, countryside, county, colour, connected.”

Residents attending the consultation were optimistic about the plans, although many said that ideas often put forward for Flint are great, but never come to fruition.

Inga Tideswell, who has lived in the town for 28 years, said she was glad to see more was to be made of the castle, but was concerned vandalism would ruin it.

Another resident was keen for a museum to be built to showcase Flint’s history and another was pleased to see Flint would be promoted so more people would know what it had to offer.