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Exciting times for Flint town centre

Published: 15/06/2015

Work is underway to clear the last remaining blocks in the maisonettes complex in Flint with the demolition of Feathers Lea due to be completed by the end of August.. The Walks will be the first site to be re-developed as part of the Councils Strategic Housing And Regeneration Programme (SHARP) where a combination 95 new council and affordable homes will be built with construction work scheduled to begin in January 2016. The redevelopment of The Leas site will see the construction of a new 72 unit Extra Care scheme for the town to be built and managed by the Pennaf Housing Group. Work on this scheme will begin in October 2015, with an anticipated completion in April 2017. The Leas site will see the development of a new medical centre by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board with construction due to begin in November with completion due in November 2016. Cllr. Helen Brown, Cabinet Member for Housing said These are particularly exciting times, not only for Flint town centre which will see 167 new homes built over the next two years on the former maisonettes complex, but for the whole county as the councils SHARP aims to build 500 new homes across Flintshire over the next five years, including over 200 new council homes. A Flintshire Housing Standard developed in consultation with tenants, will guide the design and specification of the proposed new housing, including the the quality of the internal and external appearance, energy efficiency standards and parking provision. Clare Budden, Chief Officer Community and Enterprise said The maisonettes complex has been cleared in a phased way to enable us to carefully re-house those tenants affected and council officers have worked hard with our tenants to allocate new homes that meet their requirements for the type of property and location as far as possible. As the council and its partners move closer to realising their ambitions for the regeneration of Flint Town Centre I would like to thank the people of Flint and local businesses for their patience and understanding whilst this work has been undertaken. Cllr. Ian Roberts, Chairman of the Flint Masterplan Committee said Along with my fellow local councillors Alex Aldridge and David Cox I would like to thank everybody who moved home to allow this exciting development to take shape. Their cooperation and understanding has been invaluable. Our thanks and appreciation also go to all involved with the project for their vision, skills, dedication and determination to drive the scheme forward. Work to develop the new extra care scheme accommodation will begin this Autumn and by this time next year we should have a clear view of the new Flint town centre emerging from the old. Note to editors Pictured left to right are: Cllr. Alex Aldridge, Clare Budden, Chief Officer, Community and Enterprise, Cllr Helen Brown, Nic Evans, Senior Manager Council Housing Services, Tony Jones, Capital Works Manager, Michael Freeley of J. Freeley Ltd. (demolition contractor) and Cllr, David Cox