New start for Flintshire street

Reporter:

Kate Forrester

A STREET once branded a hotbed of anti-social behaviour is on the up.

A major refurbishment programme at Buckley’s Lyme Grove has just been completed by Flintshire Council and Chester-based building company Rok.

Four years ago, five men in the street were warned to live in peace or face a prison sentence by Flintshire magistrates after they appeared in court over a garden brawl.

But council chiefs say a large-scale clean-up over the past few months has transformed the area.

A team of local authority officials, Rok technicians and residents joined forces to remove old furniture, electrical appliances and garden waste and improvements were made to 44 houses.

Cllr Helen Yale, Flintshire’s executive member for housing, said: “The refurbishment of these homes is part of our ongoing programme of capital works to develop our housing stock.

“We are very pleased with the results, as are our tenants, who came out in force to support the community action day.”

Rok’s 20-strong team also carried out painting and decorating improvements to the exteriors of the homes.

Wayne Booth, Rok area leader, said: “It was a fantastic effort from local residents, the council and our technicians, who came together to demonstrate pride in their area.

“Through the excellent work of our site manager, Mike Ingram, and tenant liaison officer, Theresa Brady, we established a good working relationship with residents, which helped us complete the work efficiently and quickly.

“We always tidy up a site we have been working on, but this took it to another level as we all went that extra mile.”

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