WORK has taken place to improve access to a Flintshire footpath, in a collaboration of local councils.

The new kissing gates in Northop village have been funded by Northop Community Council, and Flintshire County Council's Access Team arranged the installation.

The community council was keen to highlight the partnership working and the improvements made.

Cllr Rob Mackey, of Northop Community Council said: "I am delighted that Northop Community Council has been able to work with Flintshire County Council to make improvements to access on footpaths in the area.

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"The two new stiles on Springy Lane were a proposal from Northop Community Council following a report I made to council on footpaths in the Northop and Sychdyn areas.

"It is particularly pleasing that through co-operation and match-funding the proposal has become reality and access for walkers is now significantly improved.

"Following a recent site meeting with the Public Rights of Way officer, we are looking forward to the next phase of improvement to the network, for the benefit of the people of our community."

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A Flintshire Ramblers Association spokesperson added: "Ramblers recognises the importance of local knowledge in maintaining the Rights of Way Network and community councils have that knowledge within their memberships.

"It's great to see Northop Community Council continuing to take a positive interest and backing it up with positive improvements on the ground.

"The network plays such an important role in accessing the outdoors and supporting everyone's physical and mental health."