STALLS at an historic Flintshire street market will close for the last time next month.

Following a review of street markets earlier this year Flintshire Council made the decision to permanently close Flint market, despite the concerns of residents and business owners who started a petition to save it last year.

The authority has now confirmed the final market day in Flint will be Friday, September 14.

A spokesman for Flintshire Council said: "The decline in street markets throughout the UK has been ongoing over several years.

"In recent years, the sustainability of Flint market has been under threat because it has only attracted small numbers of market traders and limited customer numbers.

"From Friday, September 21, Church Street will remain open as on other days.

"The council has not taken this decision lightly and would like to thank traders and customers who have continued to support the market, but with numbers dwindling to the point where it was no longer financially viable, the market’s last day will be September 14."

Flint town councillor Vicky Perfect told the Leader earlier this year that the closure is a prominent sign of the times, adding: "It's very sad that we will have to withdraw the market, especially because the main reason is lack of attendance.

"We have had the street closed and most weeks it's only two stalls there. If store holders had more faith in Flint, things might have been different.

"Unfortunately, the way things are, markets are dying out everywhere."