MAJOR movements to further transform a town’s maisonettes is expected to get under way within months.
The huge regeneration project on the Flint Maisonettes is said to be “two years ahead of schedule” and final preparations will be put in place at the end of September ready for workers to move in to continue with demolition work.
Flint councillor Alex Aldridge said residents are to see major movement in the town and “a significant change” within the next eight weeks.
He said a meeting is set for the end of September to discuss plans for the maisonettes and it is anticipated workers will move in the following month to demolish “the largest amount of the maisonettes at any one time” so far.
Only 10 households remain occupied at the site and a date for the departure of people living there is yet to be confirmed.
“The workers will be on site in October,” said Cllr Aldridge.
“The largest amount of the maisonettes will be coming down at any one time then.”
Cllr Aldridge said the council will be seeking expressions of interest from developers interested in building on the former maisonettes’ site.
“It is just a case of getting the company in and then the people of Flint will see a major change in the landscape,” he added.
Cllr Aldridge has urged the community to stay “upbeat” about the development. “We are at least two years ahead on the project,” he added. “By the end of the year there is going to be significant changes and by the turn of next year we should be bringing it all together.”
Clare Budden, Flintshire Council’s chief officer for community and enterprise, confirmed only 10 households located across the remaining maisonette blocks remain to be moved out.
She added: “Further demolition work will commence shortly along with the procurement of the new homes.”
Plans for development on the site would include be a mix of 90 social rented homes, 60 affordable rented homes and 22 rent to buy homes.
An extra care facility for 70 people is also set to be included, as well as a primary health care facility provided by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
During a Flintshire Council housing committee meeting last month it was said it is hoped building work on the new development will begin on the site within 18 months.
Community leaders also heard negotiations with the remaining home owners had been completed.