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New footpath officially opened

Published: 11/12/2017

A new footpath near Warwick Chemicals in Mostyn has been officially opened recently by Minster for Environment and AM for Delyn, Hannah Blythyn. The 300 metre long stretch of path is a diversion of the Wales Coast Path. The project was created to remove a railway footbridge from the route which was the main obstacle limiting accessibility in this area. This diversion will allow further development and improvement for accessibility to continue along the Wales Coast Path. It now goes through a pleasant piece of woodland, giving glimpses of the coast, bringing walkers closer to the River Dee and also removes the necessity to walk along a section of road. Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Countryside, Councillor Carolyn Thomas, said: “Flintshire’s Countryside team put the idea of a footpath to Warwick Chemicals who were fully supportive of the plans which allowed us to go ahead and secure funding from Natural Resources Wales. The project has been developed and completed by our coastal ranger, Tim Johnson.” Hannah Blythyn said: “It gives me great pleasure to officially open this new section of the Wales Coast Path. Wales quite literally blazed a trail in 2012 when we became the first country anywhere in the world to build a footpath around the entirety of our coast. “This project has continued the practice of partnership working, which has been critical in the development of this now iconic route. “The Wales Coast Path has been a stunning success and now even more people will be able to enjoy even more of our stunning coastline and woodland.” Tim Johnson went on to say: “It was hard work to get started but the results are fantastic. Warwick Chemicals have been amazing, they have supported the idea and project right from the start. Once the work started on the ground it came together really well, this was really helped by the skill and vision of the contractor Arwyn Parry.” The route is currently a footpath and is signed and surfaced accordingly thus benefiting local walkers and Wales Coast Path users. AM Hannah Blythyn officially opens the new footpath next to Warwick International in Mostyn. Pictured: Flintshire County Councils Tim Johnson and Tom Woodall, Cllr Patrick Heesom, AM Hannah Blythyn, Eve Nicholson - Natural Resources Wales, Cllr Carolyn Thomas and Warwick International Managing Director Steve Williams