Government funding see’s troubled Connah’s Quay flats undergo transformation
A development in Connah’s Quay received a recent visit from Welsh Government Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant AM.
Pen- Y- Lan Court contains several blocks of flats and maisonettes which includes a mixture of sheltered older people’s housing and general needs housing.
[miptheme_quote author=”Flintshire County Council, Councillor for Connah’s Quay Golftyn, Andy Dunbobbin said” style=”boxquote text-left”]After listening to residents at the Pen Y Llan tenants and residents association meetings and hearing their views of how the area could be improved, it’s fantastic to see what can be achieved when we all work together. I’d like to thank the Welsh Government and Flintshire County Council in supporting the community of Pen Y Llan.'[/miptheme_quote]
It has been subjected to anti-social behaviour incidents which have left tenants extremely concerned.
Since the beginning of last year, Pen-Y- Lan Court has undergone a transformation thanks to funding provided by the Welsh Government’s Major Repairs Allowance and the Vibrant and Viable Places programmes.
The project is one of several in the Deeside Vibrant and Viable Places area.
Welsh Government has provided over £7m towards regeneration projects in Deeside and around £450k of this is being used at Pen-Y-Lan Courts.
Flintshire County Council has also received just over £5 million from the Welsh Government’s Major Repairs Allowance for the 2016/17 financial year which will contribute to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) improvements.
The Council consulted with tenants, town and county councillors, housing officers and the local police on the project which has
Key areas for improvement, include:
- Improving tenant safety and security through extension of fencing, gated community and CCTV.
- A communal garden is being created between ivy court, fern court and willow court.
- Residents on the bottom of Fern-n-Ivy can access from their property.
- Demolition of garages to make larger carpark and enhancing existing parking areas.
- Noise attenuation within buildings through reglazing and insulation.
- Enhancing existing parking areas.
- Refurbishing the community room.
The Deputy Leader of Flintshire County Council, Councillor Bernie Attridge, who showed the Minister around the newly refurbished area, said:
We have worked closely with Welsh Government on improving our current housing stock through schemes such as the Welsh Housing Quality Standard and Vibrant and Viable Places programmes and we have gone further last year by building the first council houses in a generation and that programme continues into 2017 and beyond.
The Cabinet Secretary said:
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The homes I have seen today in Flintshire are excellent examples of how local authorities do far more than simply provide a roof over people’s heads.