Doubts expressed over masterplan for Flintshire town’s future

Reporter:

Hayley Collins

MANY of the proposals for Buckley’s grand master plan will “never see the light of day”, it has been claimed.

The 10-year action plan to transform Buckley, which includes plans to improve the High Street, strengthen the local economy, improve leisure and community facilities and attract a second supermarket, was presented to Flintshire Council’s executive committee for approval.

But despite being approved, Cllr Tony Sharps, deputy leader of the council, cast doubts over the scheme.

He said: “This has been going on for far too long and it’s a wonder any of the Buckley members still have any enthusiasm for it.

“What is going to happen after today I don’t know. I don’t know who’s going to lead it, I don’t know who’s going to be on the tender list and I don’t know who is going to apply, so the best of luck to the Buckley members.”

Cllr Sharps said the scheme will run into difficulty as many of the parcels of land earmarked for development are not owned by Flintshire Council.

“We are talking about areas of Buckley that will never see the light of day,” he added.

But Buckley councillor Dennis Hutchinson said the approval of the final plan by the executive was a “red letter day” for Buckley and Carl Longland, the council’s director of environment, said developers were showing an interest.

Speaking after the meeting Cllr Ron Hampson said it was essential that the plans were pushed forward.

He said: “The people of Buckley are getting impatient and we need to move quickly, particularly to get a supermarket. We need a supermarket in place within 18 months.”

Discussions will now take place with landowners, and developers will be asked to submit proposals by September.

A preferred proposal to move the scheme forward is expected to be chosen by December.

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