DEMOLITION crews have moved in to pull down some of the Flint maisonettes.
Heavy machinery was used to level flats close to Sydney Street as part of a long-running multi-million pound project to transform the site.
Flats on Rosemary Walk were knocked down yesterday, with other empty flats on the ‘walks’ section facing demolition over the next six to eight weeks.
Clare Budden, head of housing at Flintshire Council said: “All the maisonette blocks are planned to be removed in due course as part of the wider Flint Regeneration project.
“The blocks are being demolished in a phased way as tenants move out.
“As each block is emptied, it will be demolished.
“We are expecting council approval of the new developments for the regeneration project some time later this year.”
Community leaders said they were happy with the progress being made, with one councillor saying all the maisonettes could be demolished by the summer.
Local county councillor Alex Aldridge said: “There are 29 units occupied out of the original 214.
“By the summer it’s going to be a potentially clear space and then we can sit down and have a look at what the final plan is going to be.
“We are currently around two years ahead of the plan – it is an amazing movement.”
The maisonettes had fallen into a state of disrepair with residents complaining of damp, leaking windows and anti-social behaviour.
Fellow Flint councillor Ian Roberts said it was proving difficult to move the last of the residents out of the blocks.
He said: “I would like to thank those residents that have moved from the maisonettes.
“We recognise that we have uprooted them from their homes and we have to work very closely with those left to try to find them suitable accomodation.”
Cllr Roberts said that when the maisonettes are demolished, residents and a variety of bodies will be involved in finalising plans for the town’s development.
Current plans are for building social housing comprising one-bed and two-bed flats and apartments which will be available to rent and part-buy.
The Coleshill Lea section of the maisonettes have already been torn down.
Cllr Aldridge added: “There is so much happening in the centre of town, in all my time as a councillor I have never seen so much potential.
“I’m proud to be from Flint and proud to be part of seeing this plan move forward.”