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Road in Connah's Quay shows nation it has plenty of good neighbours

Published date: 06 January 2014 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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RESIDENTS hope a legacy of community spirit has been formed by a town’s moment in the limelight.

Neighbours from Uplands Avenue, Connah’s Quay, came together as part of the ITV documentary Do You Know Your Neighbours?, concerning a decline in relations between neighbours in UK towns.

Filming saw residents of the street, many of whom had never spoken to each other, gather at Wepre Park in an effort to get to ‘know thy neighbour’.

The show aired on Thursday and it is hoped the area’s reignited community spirit will last.

Chelsey Bayliss, 26, has lived on Uplands Avenue for three years and, with husband Chris, 29, got in contact with ITV to get the team involved.

She said she hoped the show had changed people’s attitudes on the street.

“I think it was really good,” she said. “It has brought a lot of attention to the area and people who I’ve not spoken to in a long time along the avenue have been in contact.

“It has been a real eye opener for everyone, it makes you realise how much people have changed over time.

“It is definitely something I’m proud of. I hope it can change the way people are now.”

Uplands Avenue falls within the ward of Cllr Ian Dunbar, who said the programme reflected well on the town.

He said: “This is definitely a good thing for Connah’s Quay. It went down very well.

“We’ve had calls from people across the town who would now like to do the same as what you saw on the programme.

“Chelsey and Chris Bayliss did very well and organised the whole thing. The good thing is, it will hopefully stir people to get to know their neighbours.

“On a long road like Uplands Avenue, it’s hard to know people at the top and bottom but people are now saying they are going to meet up and have a chat with one another.”

Cllr Dunbar said the new-found community spirit will give a boost to the Rodaway family, of Uplands Avenue. Their eldest son Ethan, 11, is battling a liver condition – a fact none of the road residents knew until they met up.

“It’ll really help them to know their neighbours are looking out for them and their young son and they will come together to comfort and support one another.

“It’s nice to have that support from your neighbours,” Cllr Dunbar said.

Connah’s Quay Town Council chairman, Cllr Andy Dunbobbin, said he was proud of the community.

He said: “It was really good. Looking back on it, we really need to do more in Connah’s Quay to get people together.

“We’ve got loads going on but we need to get people together and attending.

“It was good to see the residents of Uplands Avenue come together to raise money for young Ethan and help and support the Rodaway family.

“I was immensely proud, but the programme also illustrated how busy we all are these days.”

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