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Flint residents to have their say on masterplan

COMMUNITY leaders are urging Flint residents to find out more about ambitious plans to transform the town.

Consultation on the draft Flint Masterplan will take place at Flint Town Hall tomorrow (Thursday), from 4-7pm when residents are invited to have their say.

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

The blueprint sets out ideas to establish Flint’s historic castle as a major tourist attraction and build hundreds of new homes to replace the crumbling maisonettes – which are due to be demolished.

Other plans include the creation of a public square outside St Mary’s Church, which would give the town a ‘heart’ and utilising Castle Fields as an events space.

If the proposals came to fruition the market might could also be extended and the library remodelled to include health services.

The war 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’.

Caroline Baker, director of DTZ, said she was looking forward to presenting the masterplan to local residents and businesses.

She said: “We have really appreciated the time that local people have given so far to add value to our work.

“The large numbers of people who have attended the two previous events and their enthusiasm has been an indication of people’s passion and commitment to Flint.

“We look forward to listening to everyone’s views to assist us in finalising our work, which will then enable partners to get on with transforming Flint.”

Cllr Ian Roberts, who represents Flint Castle ward, branded the proposals exciting and said they give Flint a hopeful future.

He said: “There has been a lot said about these plans and I would urge people to come along and hear all about it from the consultants who will speak directly to people and present their vision.”

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

A formal presentation will take place during the consultation event at 6pm.