Revamp plans for two Flintshire towns to go on show

Reporter:

Matt Jones

A MASTERPLAN to transform two Flintshire towns has been shown to the public for the first time.

Plans to reorganise Connah’s Quay Civic Hall complex, green-up Shotton town centre and tidy-up the town’s Ash Grove Car Park went on display at Connah’s Quay Civil Hall on Friday.

Members of the public can now have their say on the proposals, presented by consultants Urban Practitioners, before a final report is submitted in December.

Lisa Fearn, Connah’s Quay town manager, said the plans could attract new services, jobs and businesses to the area.

She said: “This is good news and I am looking forward to the final report and then we can move forward and start making improvements to the area.”

The consultants were asked to come up with the plans by Shotton and Connah’s Quay town partnerships and Flintshire Council.

If accepted the plans could also see the opening up of Shotton town centre by removing railings while work to improve Wepre Brooke and the frontage of shops near Connah’s Quay health centre could take place. Work will also take place on the links from the town centres into adjacent residential areas.

Anthony Benson, director of Urban Practitioners, said: “The two towns compliment each other well and provide a range of essential community services. Connah's
Quay has some larger sites that could come forward for new development.

“Better integrating the health centre with the High Street is a top priority.

“The range of shops in Shotton is good but the quality of the environment could be significantly improved with street trees and landscaping and pavement improvements.”

Connah’s Quay councillor Bernie Attridge said: “Any investment in the town of Connah’s Quay is most welcome. The Civic Hall area is the only real area to do anything with.

“I fully support what they are trying to do to invest in the town of Connah’s Quay and I look forward to see the plans in more detail.”

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