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Hopes tall ships could set sail again in Flintshire

Published date: 02 January 2014 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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TALL ships could return to dock in Flintshire if the council receives a funding boost.

Flintshire Council is waiting to discover if it has been successful in a bid for a share of £30 million from the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places programme to revitalise communities.

The council has applied for £15m in funding and should the authority be successful, ships could return to the Connah’s Quay dock as part of wider plans to revitalise the wider surrounding area of Deeside, in terms of physical improvements, new jobs, business investment and transport improvements.

Efforts have already been made by local residents and council officials to improve the area with September’s Big Dee Day event where people joined together to help clean the surrounding area.

The unitary body wants to develop the heritage of the area as an important former manufacturing and shipbuilding location, which includes the potential reuse of Connah’s Quay dock as a port for tall ships.

A railway was also in use at the dock, helping to transport produce such as that made at Buckley’s former brickworks.

The port in Connah’s Quay closed in the 1960s, marking an end to a sea-faring tradition stretching back to the 1500s.

The famous tall boat, The Kathleen and May, also used the dock in the early 20th century.

However boats still continue to use the Dee estuary presently.

Connah’s Quay town council chairman and Flintshire councillor, Andy Dunbobbin, said he would welcome plans to improve the area.

He said: “There is talk of investment and there’s a large area there that would benefit from this.

“All this development that we hope to get funding for would be great.

“The dock is part of my heritage so it would be a personal thing for me if it were to come off.

“The Quay Watermans association have got things up and running there with the Big Dee Day cleaning event a few months ago and it’s good to see now that things are moving forward.”

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