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Flint maisonettes demolition to begin

DEMOLITION work is ready to begin on Flint’s crumbling maisonettes.

Plans to knock down the outdated complex, which will make way for an ‘exciting’ regeneration scheme, were approved by council chiefs in December and work will begin later this month.

Tenants living in Coleshill Lea, the first block due to be knocked down, have now been rehoused and the building has been approved for demolition.

Contractor J Freeley Limited has been appointed as the successful contractor to carry out the work.

Cllr Helen Brown, cabinet member for housing, said: “These are really exciting times for the residents of Flint, and we are very pleased that preparations for the demolition of Coleshill Lea are moving ahead so quickly.

“The tenants and residents have been remarkable, and I would like to thank them for their co-operation and the way they have worked with us, which has helped us to reach this point earlier than expected.”

The council has pledged to recycle as many materials as possible when the buildings are knocked down. The site will be closed off to the public and measures to keep dust and noise nuisance to a minimum will be put in place.

A masterplan for the town, which includes replacing the 241 maisonettes with 150 homes, creating a public square and redesigning open spaces was approved by Flintshire County Council’s cabinet in June.