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Flintshire Connects council hubs planned for Connah’s Quay, Flint and Buckley

ONE-STOP council hubs will be created in two of Flintshire’s main towns – with a third in the pipeline.

The next phase of the Flintshire Connects programme was approved by councillors this week, and will see the new centres opened in Connah’s Quay and Flint.

And a third hub in Buckley town centre will follow ‘hot on the heels’.

The customer services centres will be the second and third created as part of the county-wide Connects scheme after the Holywell hub was officially opened in November.

Cllr Billy Mullin, cabinet member for corporate management, said: “I am delighted we are making such excellent progress with our commitment to bring Flintshire Connects centres to all of our county’s towns.

“Flintshire Connects in Holywell was the first of its type in North Wales, and has significantly improved the way services are delivered to the residents of the town.

“We are now looking to extend that excellent work throughout the county.”

The Connah’s Quay base will be opened in the town’s library and learning centre in October. The estimated cost of the project is £330,000.

And it will include an area dedicated to celebrating Deeside’s ‘rich and varied heritage’, said council leader Aaron Shotton.

Once the Connah’s Quay centre opens, the phased closure of the old civic offices off Wepre Drive will begin.

The £250,000 Flint Connects base will open on the ground floor of the County Offices building on Church Street in February 2014, and will bring together council, police and Jobcentre Plus services.

The next phase of the programme will target Buckley and includes proposals for facilities in rural and remote communities.

A mobile unit could also be introduced at Broughton Retail Park.

The centres aim to ‘provide simpler and more joined-up access to council and public sector services in a welcoming environment’.