Today (08.03.2019) I visited the newly refurbished Flint Balti on Chester Street to see the excellent work that has been done to introduce a new menu and restaurant.
Flint Balti, which is under new management, will be open seven days a week (Sun-Sat: 5pm-11pm, including bank holidays). They will deliver (minimum order £20 with a small delivery charge of £2.50 or £3 for over 3 miles) and can also cater for parties and bookings are welcome. Read more “Newly reopenned Flint Balti”
Last week I visited the new Screwfix store in Flint to meet new staff and welcome the business to the area.
Screwfix will open its new store on Thursday 14 February 2019 and will be offering 10% discount on opening.
Screwfix is the UK’s largest multi-channel retailer of trade tools, accessories and hardware products. It was founded in 1979 as the Woodscrew Supply Company, the company was acquired in July 1999 by Kingfisher PLC, who also own B&Q, and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Nationally, Screwfix employs 7,131 people (2017) and the new store in Flint has brought with it more jobs.
It is excellent to welcome a new retailer to Flint. It will provide our town with jobs and ensure that those who need access to top-quality tools and equipment will be able to use a local retailer. This can only be good news for our town’s economy.
Going forward I want to see us build upon this good news. When towns up and down the country are struggling we need to look at the success stories so that we can learn and adapt them for ourselves. We have seen in Holywell how its digital high street initiative is supporting local businesses and how Mold is working hard to attract tourists through its heritage.
Flint is a hub of history for North Wales, with talented and skilled people. Businesses would be hard pressed to find a better area to locate themselves in.
I have pressed the minister for Transport in Parliament this week to call for investment in accessibility at Flint railway station.
Currently, Network Rail are undertaking a review of train stations across the network to ensure that stations with poor levels of accessibility are improved. This is part of the UK Government Inclusive Transport Strategy announced 25 July 2018 which released up to £300m of funding to complete the programme.
I contacted Network Rail to support a bid in for funding to improve Flint station as currently the only way to get from the car park to the eastbound platform is to either cross one of two footbridges, neither of which have ramp access, or to walk under the railway line and up Corporation Street.
Nominations are now being considered and it is hoped that Flint will be one of the stations that will gain investment.
Flint is an important railway station for our community. We have seen a great deal of investment in the number of journeys that can be undertaken from it after years of campaigning from myself and local pressure groups. The last piece of the jigsaw puzzle is for the station to get much needed investment.
Our public transport system should be accessible to all and currently Flint station is falling far short of where I, and many passengers, would like to see it. The distance between the car park and the southside platform is too long without use of the footbridges and we need investment to improve this now.
I welcomed the minister’s response in the Commons and hope that we can keep up pressure and get the investment our station deserves.
I was pleased to attend the planting of new trees to form the Queen’s Canopy in Flint.
Recently, Flint became latest location in the international programme to create a Queen’s Canopy with the aim providing a positive environmental legacy for the future.
Over 60 trees were planted in total to mark the number of years served by the Queen to the Commonwealth. The trees were provided through Flintshire County Council and a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV, which in April screened a landmark documentary, The Queen’s Green Planet, following Her Majesty the Queen and this ambitious legacy project which brings together her deeply held commitment to the Commonwealth and her little-known love of trees.
It has been a pleasure to work with all involved to secure the new Queen’s Canopy in Flint. This will be a fitting mark of action in Flintshire tackle against climate change in support of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project.
I am grateful to Flintshire County Council for adding to the collection of trees donated by the Woodland Trust. Combining the trees together will create a new place for people to gather, sit and enjoy our town. Read more “PLANTING OF THE QUEEN’S CANOPY IN FLINT”