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Scouts get a helping hand

Published: 10/07/2017

Flintshire County Council has partnered with a number of building contractors to help complete the upgrade work needed on our housing stock. The contractors are working on the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) which is a national standard of quality for homes set by the Welsh Government and this work gives employment and apprenticeship opportunities to local people. Not only that, but our contractors have been active in helping local communities in various ways. Mitie, one of our contractors, has been involved with refurbishing the local scout hut in Flint which was officially opened recently. Mitie upgraded the exterior which was concrete and in need of repair. They completely renovated the outside of the building by replastering and fitting external wall insulation which, not only has given it a professional makeover, but has also made it much more secure and energy efficient. Joanna Hughes, Assistant Cub Scout Leader, said: “We are so proud of what we have achieved, but it would not have been possible without the support of Mitie, the Rotary Club, Willmott Dixon, Flintshire County Council and everyone else involved – we thank you all. Our Cub Scouts deserve a special thank you for sticking by us during the refurbishment. We hope that 1st Flint Scout Group will flourish and continue for many years to come. If you are interested in joining us, please contact me on 07919 836463 or email” Flintshire County Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Bernie Attridge, said: “The standard of the work carried out is impressive and really does show quality workmanship at its best. I’d like to thank Mitie – their commitment to our local communities really is appreciated and I’m sure the regular users of the centre will be very pleased with the improved facilities. “This is another example of contractors working with our team providing facilities to the wider community. These new facilities are in addition to other community centres which have been refurbished by our contractors such as Coppa View in Buckley, Chapel Court in Connah’s Quay, Hawksebury in Buckley, Llwyn Aled and Llwyn Beuno in Holywell and Aston Community Centre. The WHQS contracts request contractors to provide Community Benefit as part of their contractual obligations.” Kenny Rushton, Contracts Manager with Mitie, said: “Mitie was awarded the contract to upgrade the kitchens and bathrooms in 328 homes as part of the Council’s WHQS scheme. We pride ourselves in being a responsible business and serving the wider community and we are delighted to have been able to refurbish this local centre to help benefit the community and improve the facilities available.” PHOTO: Flintshire County Council officers and local councillors, David Hanson MP and other guests celebrate with cubs and their leaders at the recent opening ceremony.