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Flintshire’s Coastal Communities to benefit from Lottery Funding

Published: 27/07/2015

Flintshire County Council has recently been awarded just under £300,000 from the Big Lottery Coastal Communities Fund to undertake a range of improvements across various locations along Flintshire’s coastline. The Coastal Communities Fund seeks to support projects that will contribute to the regeneration of coastal areas. In Flintshire the schemes to be supported include: · improvements to the Flintshire section of the Wales Coast Path. · creating a safe and secure pedestrian route between Wepre Park and the Wales Coast Path. · creating a link route between the Offas Dyke national trail and the Wales Coast Path. · improving visitor infrastructure at key hubs such as Talacre, Greenfield Dock and Flint. · the provision of accredited environmental traineeships for 30 local unemployed people. · promoting the Dee coastline and its attractions as a tourist destination. · organising an event to celebrate the heritage, culture and environment of the coast. Cllr Derek Butler, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “This is a welcome investment for Flintshire’s coast, as we recognise that the Dee Estuary is a valuable asset for the county. This will enable the County Council and its partners to build on the good work that has been undertaken to date, and further exploit the opportunities that the coast provides for tourism, leisure, local business and the coastal communities themselves”. Councillor Bernie Attridge, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “The Flintshire part of the Wales Coast Path is rich with heritage and with each section having its own history it tells a great story about the region. Since it was opened the Wales Coast Path has brought many more visitors to the area. The new schemes that are to be undertaken will further enhance the path and provide further opportunities for visitors to enjoy the countys fascinating coastline and explore further inland too. The activities will be delivered by a partnership comprising Flintshire County Council, Groundwork North Wales and Dangerpoint Ltd. The activities will be implemented over a 12 month period starting in early 2016. The Coastal Communities Fund is funded by the Government with income from the Crown Estate’s marine assets. It is delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.