USERS of a community centre are delighted after works to fix an 'unsafe' access route were completed.

The Leader reported last month how concerns were raised over the width of the access road to Hawkesbury Community centre, off Mill Lane in Buckley.

Cllr David Ellis, mayor of Buckley and chairman of Hawkesbury Community Centre, said vehicles were being damaged due to a pinch point where cars passed a dwarf wall and a tree on one side and temporary 'crowd barriers' put up by the owner of neighbouring Hawkesbury Hall on the other.

Video taken in September highlighting access issues at Hawkesbury Community Centre

Works arranged by Flintshire Council to remove the wall and tree have now been completed, as well as improvements to the community centre's car park.

Cllr Ellis told the Leader: "The management committee at Hawkesbury Community Centre would like to thank Flintshire Council for the actions they have taken to make the Hawkesbury area a safe place.

"That includes the community centre, the bowling club, the little theatre and the skate park.

"The dwarf wall and tree have been taken down, our car park has been relined and parking bays have been put in place - including disabled bays.

"This has given structure to the parking problems we have had for some time.

"User groups are delighted because their numbers were dwindling due to the unsafe access that had been created by the crowd barriers.

"We would also like to that the Leader for highlighting the safety issues - it has been a positive outcome."

Dermot Fennell, who has owned the listed building Hawkesbury Hall since 2011, explained previously that without the temporary fences vehicles coming to the community centre had to swing out towards his wall before turning into the car park, and vice-versa when leaving.

He maintained the fences were put up within the boundary of his property and were put there to protect his building and his land.

Flintshire Council has been approached for a comment about the works.