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£100,000 allocated to town square

EUROPEAN funding of £100,000 has been allocated to create a jewel in Mold’s crown.

The future of Daniel Owen Square is the subject of two open meetings – part of an ongoing consultation with the public. It is an important space for markets and events but Flintshire County Council, Mold Town Council and Mold Town Partnership feel more can be done to attract visitors to the town.

Town manager Dave Hill said: “£100,000 is a starter for 10 which has been identified to help improve a major project for the town square. We are not limited to that amount, it may end up being more, but it is hoped that European funding will take up a sizeable chunk of that.

“It’s important that local people let consultants know their thoughts. We are really excited that this significant investment in Mold’s public space meets the needs and expectations of the community and visitors.”

Nannerch-based company Harrison Design Development has been working on the project. They jointly hosted the first meeting yesterday afternoon (Wednesday).

Paul Harrison, from Harrison Design Development, said: “It is early days but it is leading on from the Mold Sense of Place Study from a couple of years ago – Mold Town Partnership is progressing on from those ideas.

“The first meeting will be in the form of an explanatory workshop, looking at the technical side and technical constraints – just a heads up in terms of those issues.

“A second meeting will be held next Wednesday, January 16, which is open to the wider community such as community groups and traders. We have been targeting stakeholders and business owners, those who have an in-depth knowledge of how the square works. Hopefully they will be able to give us an idea of what the town needs.”

Survey work has started to make a technical assessment of the square’s condition. The information gathered will inform Flintshire County Council design work.

Peter Macfarlane, cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and leisure, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to bring the square up to date and raise the profile of Mold.

“I hope the square will be able to play more of a role to encourage and attract more visitors to shop and stay in the town.”

The meetings are part of a full consultation with businesses, users and the general public. Consultants are expected to showcase their research, findings and ideas next spring.

The second public meeting/drop-in regarding Daniel Owen Square will be held at the Daniel Owen Centre on January 16 between 3pm and 7pm.