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Plans to transform former Flint courthouse into community meeting place

AN OLD courthouse in Flint will be turned into a community meeting place and cafe.

The Old Session House in Church Street has been bought by the Pennaf Housing Group, which includes Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, and will be leased to Us UnLtd – a project to help young people experiencing homelessness.

Development officer for the Pennaf Housing Group Dylan Davies said: “We have already received planning permission and listed building consent for the refurbishment work and an architect who is a specialist in conservation work has been appointed.

“We hope to start work on site in the new year and full lease agreement will be drawn up for Us UnLtd to manage the facility once it is completed later in 2013.”

Refurbishment will include creating a café area on the ground floor and a learning centre on the first floor.

Us UnLtd development officer Chris Price said: “We don’t want it to be purely a cafe, but more of a food centre celebrating the local food of the area and attracting a wide variety of groups and societies to see it as a meeting place.

“We have also been working with the tourism service and are exploring whether we can host a tourist information point too. Hopefully this will encourage those visiting the castle and walking the coastal path to come and visit us.

“We will still meet our social aims and will be providing mentoring and education services out of the upper floor of the courthouse for young people who have been made homeless or been excluded.”