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New Flint regeneration proposals revealed

Fresh details about ambitious plans to regenerate Flint were revealed this week. KATHRYN QUAYLE reports

IN-DEPTH proposals which could shape the future of Flint have been revealed by the creative brains behind the town’s ‘masterplan’.

The plans, drawn up by consultants DTZ and Taylor Young, want to make the town more attractive to current and future residents as well as investors who could bring more business to the area.

And new images released yesterday (Wednesday) show what Flint could look like in 2021.

The draft masterplan, which goes on show to the public next week, outlines plans for:

St Mary’s Church Square: A town square could be created and the market could be extended. Church Street would remain open to traffic but the carriageway would be modified.

Sydney Street/Duke Street: The town’s crumbling maisonettes – which will be demolished – will be replaced with proper streets, lanes, gardens and terraces.

Feather Street/Coleshill Street: The library could be remodelled to include health services.

Church Street: The one-way traffic route, delivery areas and disabled parking spaces would be retained. Pedestrians would be given same priority as traffic.

Castle Street: Visitors to Flint Castle will walk along an improved route which tells the story of Flint. New floodlighting on the castle would provide a sense of importance.

Castle Fields: The space could be used to provide a gateway to the castle and an events space. It is understood Clwyd Theatr Cymru is interested in holding events at the site.

War Memorial: The memorial would remain in its current position but would be remodelled to create a more appropriate space and bring the cenotaph more ‘into the fabric of the town centre’.

Town Hall and Trelawney Square: The masterplan shows an ambitious highway remodelling scheme to bring back a small public square.

The pavement could be extended and the highway reduced to two lanes from four to improve links between the castle and the town.

Mick Timpson, of Taylor Young, said the firm had been working closely with the community in Flint and was encouraged by people’s enthusiasm.

He said: “A lot of people are very proud of Flint, particularly its history – it’s one of the earliest walled towns in the UK.

“A lot of the town’s character has disappeared over the years. We want to give it back it’s identity as it’s an important historical town.”

It is hoped that making the town more attractive and vibrant will bring in more private investors and safeguard the future of Flint.

Dave Heggarty, Flintshire County Council’s head of regeneration, said: “We know that where we have a well considered approach which is workable and viable, and has the support of the council and community, it becomes very attractive to private investors.”

Cllr Matt Wright, the county’s executive member for regeneration, said: “When a town looks attractive people want to invest.”

Flint mayor Cllr David Cox added: “When I was made aware of the plans for Flint I was somewhat sceptical and thought they would be filed away and left to gather dust in the archives. How wrong could I have been.

“The consultants have captured the essence of Flint and shown us what can be achieved with careful planning.”

The masterplan is not finalised and continues to change as more feedback from consultation is received.

Consultation on the draft Flint Masterplan will take place at Flint Town Hall next Thursday, February 23, from 4-7pm. A formal presentation will take place at 6pm.