Axis 3 of Business Plan 2 of the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007 – 2014
In March 2011 the Environment Directorate took responsibility for implementing the ‘Linking Flintshire's Communities’ project which has received approximately £715K of funding by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The levered funding which has been provided through the Regional Transport Fund, the Local Transport Fund and Flintshire County Council is in the region of £500,000.
The project supports many corporate objectives and priorities by delivering schemes that will create opportunities for active, healthy lifestyles. It promotes environmental, social and economic sustainability objectives, particularly around transport and climate change, social cohesion and connectivity and by increasing and creating new opportunities for tourism within rural Flintshire. These schemes will also satisfy a number of the objectives within Flintshire's Rural Development Strategy.
Three schemes have now been completed as part of the project:
1) A Pegasus Crossing has been installed over the A548 from BOAT No.48 (Sea Horse Trail from South Wales) to link with permissive bridleways along the beach at Talacre and also the National Cycle Network which extends into Denbighshire and Cheshire. The scheme also included widening of footways to achieve a combined bridleway/ cycleway/ footway, reducing the speed limit and improvement of the road layout.
2) Public Footpath No. 64 in Mostyn was enhanced to provide the residents of the Maes Pennant Estate with safe access down to the All Wales Coastal Path on the Dee Coast which is steeped in natural heritage and is an internationally important coastline.
3) An on/off road cycleway was completed in 2012 between Mold and Sychdyn and Northop and Flint to provide a sustainable connection for people to access employment, services and facilities. This scheme involved the widening of existing footways to incorporate cycling facilities, improvements to off road sections and appropriate signage. In the future it is hoped to provide a safe connection between the villages of Sychdyn and Northop to provide a continuous link from Mold into Flint, with further safety improvements on the existing sections also.
The Fourth scheme to be implemented under the project is a cycleway between Ffynnongroew and Talacre. The majority of the proposed cycleway will traverse the line of the existing All Wales Coastal Path between the A548 in Tan Lan to the junction with Station Road in Talacre, with a section going around the point of Ayr Colliery. A Footpath Closure Order is now in place and construction works are due to start on site on the 24th June with completion programmed for the end of August, 2014. A planting scheme is programmed for September 2014. Once complete the cycleway will provide a continuous cycling link from the north of Mostyn through into Ffynnongroew and onto Talacre then continuing along National Cycle Network 5 into Prestatyn. The following link shows a visualisation of the proposed scheme (new window)
European Commission Rural Development Policy 2007-2013 (new window)