Exciting times for Flint businesses
Local businesses in Flint were given the opportunity to discuss plans to build
a mix of council and affordable housing on The Walks site, at an Engagement
Event held at the Church of St Mary and St. David on Church Street.
Representatives of the development partners, Flintshire County Council and
Wates Living Space Homes were on hand to offer advice and information about the
development, which will form part of a wider Strategic Housing and Regeneration
Partnership (SHARP) across Flintshire.
SHARP is forecast to generate over £60m worth of benefit to the county’s
economy over the next 5 years. The partnership is also expected to generate
approximately 2,000 employment opportunities and a number of training
initiatives for local unemployed people. To help stimulate spend with high
street businesses, the partnership is launching the SHARP Shoppers Scheme.
Operatives working on SHARP projects will be issued with loyalty cards and
there are plans to provide a similar reward scheme for residents moving in to
the new apartments.
The Walks development is being taken forward at the same time as two other
exciting projects for Flint Town centre move ahead; the development of a new
health centre by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) in conjunction
with Read Construction and the development of a new extra care facility by
Pennaf in conjunction with Anwyl. Representatives of Pennaf, Read Construction
and Anwyl were also on hand at the event to assist with information and advice.
Councillor Derek Butler Flintshire County Councils Cabinet Member for Economic
“We are keen to work with local businesses to minimise the disruption to their
trading and operational activities during the development of The Walks, the new
extra care facility and the new health centre.
“These major developments will transform Flint town centre in the coming months
and will undoubtedly provide many business opportunities for local traders and
service providers to explore.
Joanne Jamieson, Managing Director of Wates Living Space Homes said:
“Wates Living Space Homes is extremely proud to be supporting the regeneration
of Flint town centre. A core aspect of our delivery approach is the engagement
of local businesses and suppliers, to maximise economic benefit for local
communities. The new SHARP Shoppers Scheme will play an important role in
encouraging local spend and we are fully behind the initiative.
Throughout the SHARP programme, it’s estimated that Flintshire-based
sub-contractors will have access to £40m worth of work packages. This
substantial level of investment will create numerous employment and training
opportunities for local people and we will work closely with the Council to
identify ways in which we can help local businesses grow, both during and post
If you run a business in Flint and would like further information call Kate
Catherall on 01352 703221
Note to editors
Pictured in the attached photograph are (l to r):
Kate Catherall, Business Advisor, Flintshire County Council, James Russell of
The Old Court House Cafe and Mick Cunningham, Project Manager, Wates Living