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Saltney Town Council Business Plan

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Saltney Town Council Business Plan

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1. Introduction ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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1.1 Welcome ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Welcome to the Community Business Plan for Saltney. This has been produced by Saltney Town Council to create a vision for Saltney and identify the priorities for action by the Town Council to achieve it. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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This plan reflects the commitment of a new, enthusiastic Town Council – an alliance of community-minded councillors – to work for their community. It expresses their vision for Saltney as a vibrant place to live, with quality housing that meets local people’s needs, a thriving economy where businesses prosper and residents have access to local jobs and a good quality of life with access to leisure and cultural activities and good health services. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

 

This plan recognises that the Town Council has the opportunity to act as a hub in the town, achieving this vision by working in partnership with local people and organisations. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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1.2 An overview of this plan ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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This plan begins with a review of the scope and role of the Town Council and its achievements since the production of the first version of this plan in July 2009 (section 2). The town of Saltney is then assessed in terms of the key social, economic, political and environmental factors that need to be taken into account in the plan (section 3). From this context, a simple vision statement is presented that summarises key aims and values for the town: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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A well-loved town to be proud of, with a strong heart and a strong community

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A number of supporting vision statements provide greater detail about specific aspects of the vision for the town (section 4): ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • A town centre for the community ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • An attractive townscape ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Traffic and roads ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • A prosperous community ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Health and well being ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Tourism ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Vibrant local democracy ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Senior Generation ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Younger Generation ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Recreation ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Transport ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Environment ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Education ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Law and order ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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The analysis of the social, economic, political and environmental context and the vision statements are then used to identify the current strengths and weaknesses of Saltney and the opportunities and threats that can be anticipated and planned for (section 5). ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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The high value opportunities identified for Saltney are prioritised in terms of their urgency and difficulty to implement (section 6). 8 key long-term opportunities are identified and the plans for these high values, difficult projects can be found in Appendix D: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Development of the Road System ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Development of the community centre ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Creation of a town centre ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Development of River Lane Business and Retail Park ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Creation of a Woodland Walkway on land adjacent to the Community Centre ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Creation of a Bowling Green at the community centre ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Opening a railway station adjacent to Morrisons supermarket ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Ensuring that a policy of flood prevention and flood defence is constantly implemented to the highest standards by the Environment Agency, FCC and other appropriate bodies ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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A number of quick wins are identified which could have a significant impact on the town within the next year and the action plan for these can be found in Appendix C. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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8 key potential threats to the well-being of the town of Saltney are identified in section 7 (and in more detail in Appendix E): ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Volumes of traffic increase on the High Street ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Residents and their representatives do not have an input to new developments in the town and along the riverside ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • The occurrence of anti-social behaviour ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Lack of vision for the town ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • The situation of Saltney on the Welsh/English border causes Saltney to be overlooked/ sidelined by Flintshire County Council and WAG ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • New Health Board review for North Wales makes radical changes in Health Care provision for Saltney residents, the majority of whom are registered with a practice based in England as the local satellite practice is over-subscribed ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Possible danger of major flooding incident from the river and Balderton Brook in addition to other water courses if essential maintenance not carried out ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • The current economic situation causes industrial units to become empty – loss of employment in the town; owners of the units go out of business ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Each of these threats is assessed for impact and likelihood and current factors that reduce or manage the threat are identified. For those items that are considered High or Medium risk, the position is reviewed and additional actions identified where appropriate to reduce the level of risk. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Finally, critical partners in the development and implementation of this plan are identified in section 8. This plan will be completed and implemented in consultation with these organizations. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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1.3 How this plan was created ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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A working party of Town Councillors was formed in May 2009 to create the initial draft of this plan. A final version of the plan was submitted for the approval of the Town Council in the autumn of 2009. In November 2010, it was decided to formally review and update the plan to reflect the progress that has been achieved in Saltney since it was created and to identify further actions to implement the vision it articulates for the town. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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1.4 How this plan is used ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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This plan is reviewed and updated regularly, when significant developments occur, as a rolling 5-year plan. Progress against the plan is constantly monitored by the steering group of the Environmental & Regeneration Committee of Saltney Town Council. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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2. Saltney Town Council: Role and Achievements ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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2.1 The role of the Town Council ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Town councils can now play a major role in improving the environment and quality of life for local people. They represent local interests and give their communities opportunities to influence decisions that touch their lives. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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The Town Council is an elected tier of local government. The council has been granted powers by Parliament including the right to raise money through taxation (the precept) and a range of powers to spend public money. The other tier in Flintshire consists of the county council. This council has a legal duty to deliver services such as education, town and country planning, environmental health and social services. Community and town councils have the legal power to take action, but have fewer duties and greater freedom to choose what action to take. They can play a vital role in representing the interests of their communities and influencing other decision makers. They can support community action and services provided by others. They can take action to improve the quality of life for local people and their local environment, often in partnership with community groups and other organisations and, in some cases, they can deliver services to meet local needs. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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2.2 Achievements of Saltney Town Council since May 2008 ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Improved street lighting in Saltney Ferry Ewart Street and North Street. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • In conjunction with Saltney Ferry (Mold Junction) Tenants and Residents’ Association providing emergency transport support for the elderly in Saltney Ferry whilst the railway bridge was under repair. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Providing a monthly drop-in surgery where residents can put their views on local issues ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Providing funding for an extra day per week for the youth centre ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Improvement to Park Avenue recreation ground by providing new children’s equipment and a tidy up campaign within that area. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • At the start of a Town Council Meeting including 5 minutes of relevant agenda comments that can be put by residents to the Town Council. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Liaising with police, neighbourhood watch and residents to create a positive image within the township. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Addressing anti-social behaviour as a priority, working closely with the police and residents. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Setting up a community forum within the Stonebridge area. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Setting up a 50 + forum for Saltney ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Taking action on residents’ concerns about retrospective planning and acting as a go-between with British Aerospace – Lafarge- and FCC planning department ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Development of a Saltney Town Council Website (www.saltneytowncouncil.gov.uk) to inform the residents of Saltney of all aspects of the Town council’s activities throughout the year and future plans with useful contact details of all town councillors and the Town Clerk and with useful links to other local community interest groups, e.g. Churches, Community Centre, Youth club, History group. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Preparation of Saltney’s Business Plan ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Pursued measures to reduce traffic speed within the township, specifically Sandy lane reduced to 30mph from 40mph ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Installation of two 30mph flashing warning lights on Sandy Lane ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Prepared Town Council standing orders / financial regulations and a complaints procedure ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Organised clean up and maintenance of historical signage. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Green Lane railway crossing – highlighted and took action on safety issues with Network Rail and Cheshire West and Chester Council ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Set up new information notice boards ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Island crossing for bus travellers on Chester Road, Saltney Ferry. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Removal of the dangerous metal bus shelter in Salisbury Avenue ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • New drainage system by Cop House Farm to prevent flooding on the B5129 ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • £300 funding given for a children’s Christmas party at Saltney Community Centre ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Provision of Police Cadet Uniform and bicycle ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Continued funding for summer play schemes ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Donation to Neighbourhood Watch ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • New equipment installed at children’s park area Bradshaw Avenue ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Secured funding for allotments, site fenced off, allotments set up and allocated to residents ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • New Christmas lights installed along the High Street ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Set up Mayor’s charity – raised and distributed over £4,500 to the local community ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Civic ceremony and celebration for new Mayor: Mayor’s Christmas Parade with the participation of local groups and schools, Civic Pride Award ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Supported development of sports activities: 7 teams now playing on Sandy Lane football field ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Sixth formers from the local High School attended and observed Town Council meetings and have been invited to have representation at the Council with full debating/ agenda powers (no voting rights) ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Development of local residents’ groups: Tenants & Residents’ Groups, 50+ group ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Local schools created banners for Mayor’s Parade and artwork in Morrisons ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Secured funding from FCC to work on community centre building with Helping Hands, a community voluntary group, carrying out painting and decorating work ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Developed a positive relationship with the new Morrisons supermarket including support of an exhibition, setting up a Mayor’s Charity collection day and hosting a presentation about adequate flood prevention and maintenance. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • New fencing erected to the Park Avenue playing field to increase the security for residents ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Consultation with residents about reorganisation of FCC wards and boundaries; organised a petition with 2,000 signatures from local residents and lobbied WAG and the Boundary Commission to secure one unified ward with 2 councillors for Saltney instead of the proposed link up with Bretton and Broughton ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Proactive consultation with residents about appropriate flood prevention policies for the town in partnership with The Flood Prevention Society and Environment Agency; lobbying the Environment Agency and FCC on the issue ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Lobbied FCC on important developments for the town: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Provided funding for the Art work adjacent to the new Morrisons store ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Provided funding for the summer play schemes at Billy’s Park and Park Avenue playing fields and at the Community centre in conjunction with the Youth Club ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Saltney Town Council grant fund for St David’s High School Italy Trip; Saltney Ferry Scout group camping trip; St David’s School Icelandic Trip and choir visit to Spain; kitchen for the Gymnastics Club; Mural for Saltney Ferry Primary School and sponsorship of the Planning Application for the new Scout and Guide Headquarters ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • New welcome to the Town of Saltney sign on the Chester Road ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Provision of CCTV cameras on the High Street and Carlton Avenue Play Area ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

3 Saltney: The Social, Economic, Political and Environmental Context ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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3.1 Overview ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney is a town in the east of the county of Flintshire. It borders Chester and the River Dee, positioned on the A5104 from Chester to Mold. The town includes suburban housing, a major supermarket, a large retail outlet, some small shops, an industrial zone, small business and retail parks. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Saltney was the gateway to Wales for the Roman Legions based in Deva (Chester) and the town is still an important route into North Wales today.  The name is derived from the former salt marshes on which it is built, lying on the bank of the River Dee.  It was once the terminus of Sir John Glynne’s Canal and was famous for shipbuilding, chain making and the engine shed depot at Mold Junction as well as the railway marshalling yards alongside River Lane and Boundary Lane.  Saltney grew in the late nineteenth century and throughout the twentieth century to its present population of just over 5,000 inhabitants. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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In the sections below, the working party has identified the key Social, Economic, Political and Environmental factors to take into account in their planning: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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3.2 SOCIAL CONTEXT

3.2.1 Demographics

  • The average age in the town is lower than the average for Flintshire, with a higher proportion of children and young people in the resident population than county and national averages (source: 2001 Census, ONS). This census also indicated that there were more lone parent households with dependents in Saltney than county or national averages. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • The older generation are a significant group in the town and are likely to grow as a proportion of the population as people enjoy better health and live longer. Key concerns for this segment of the population are housing, community activities/support and safety. There is good provision of sheltered accommodation in the town but a lack of suitable accommodation to buy (e.g. bungalows, apartments with lifts) for the older population. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • A minority of the residents are born and bred in the town. Many more people coming in from England, attracted by the location and property prices. House prices in Saltney are approximately 15% lower than the national average for England and Wales and 15% higher than the Flintshire and Welsh average (Source: The Land Registry, 2005). In particular, young professionals are attracted to the town, often commuting to work outside the town. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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3.2.2 Health

  • Although there are limited health facilities available in the town (a community dentist who only takes referrals by appointment, a baby clinic, a private chiropody service and a satellite surgery from a doctor’s practice in Hawarden), there is no provision for comprehensive health care for the local community. In particular there is no main doctors’ surgery, NHS dentist, optician or chemist based within the town boundary. A satellite practice of a doctors’ surgery is available but is oversubscribed. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Many people currently use health services outside the town, including use of services in Chester (England). This means that the information is scattered and there are no statistics available on the health of the population in Saltney. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • As Saltney is situated on the border, its residents can experience different levels of health provision in Wales and England (e.g. differences in hospital waiting times and prescription charges), with many finding it easier to access services in England. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • The imminent reorganisation of Health Boards could change the arrangements for the use of services in England. The outcomes from this are uncertain but it would increase the requirement for comprehensive health provision in the town. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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3.2.3 Law and Order

  • In the past Saltney experienced anti-social behaviour from young people displaced from neighbouring communities where community policing measures had been implemented. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Over the past 2 years, a proactive community policing approach in Saltney has proved successful in reducing this effect. In addition, co-ordination between Cheshire and Flintshire police has now resulted in effective cross border policing. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • In the past year surveillance cameras1 have been installed at key points in the area which have contributed to a dramatic reduction in criminal activity in the town. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

 

3.2.4 Education

  • The town has strong provision at pre-school, primary (3 schools) and secondary levels (1 high school sited in the town). The 2001 Census indicated that more than 1 in 3 residents had no qualifications. However, St David’s High School is thriving and showing a significant improvement in results in recent years (http://moodle.flintshire.gov.uk/sdhs/). A range of post-16 education options is provided through a consortium with Connah’s Quay High, John Summers High, Flint High and Deeside College to enhance learning opportunities for students. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • There is limited after school care to support an increasing number of working parents in the town. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Currently some the schools are seeing reduction in enrolment due to population changes (a general reduction in the birth rate, matching national trends). However housing developments in progress and planned in Saltney are likely to attract young families into the area. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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3.3 ECONOMIC CONTEXT ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Saltney is a ribbon development with most economic activity clustered on or near the main road running through the town ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • There are many industrial units suitable for light industry, some shops and small retail and business parks. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • In 2010 a Morrisons supermarket was built and opened in a central location in the town, significantly augmenting the town’s retail activity and offering further opportunities to develop a vibrant town centre for Saltney. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • In 2012 a large retail outlet ‘Go Outdoors’ was opened on the site of the former Morrisons store on River lane. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • There are opportunities for investment in family pubs and restaurants to serve the population in the town. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • There are swathes of land designated for commercial and industrial development available. Saltney offers an excellent location for businesses. It is close to the city of Chester and the motorway networks but offers lower overheads and business rates. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Airbus is located nearby in Broughton and has secured large contracts for the supply of wings for the Airbus 380 and more recently the new A350 wings; the first to be made from carbon fibre. This has attracted cluster industries into Saltney, smaller businesses supplying goods and services to support the fulfilment of the contracts with still room for more development. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • The County Council is about to site a ‘Flintshire Connects’ office within the Town Centre where members of the public will be able to make direct contact with a range of County Council services including Housing; Social Services; Welfare Benefits; Council Tax payments; Electoral Services and Street Scene. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Saltney has maintained its Post Office when many are under threat. The Post Office in Saltney is developing its business and has recently been awarded a grant under the Post Office Diversification Fund which will be used to improve its facilities. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Saltney businesses are part of the newly created CH4 business forum. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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3.4 POLITICAL CONTEXT ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • A number of new councillors elected in the last few years are bringing a new energy and enthusiasm to planning for the town. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • As it is situated on the Wales/ England border, Saltney experiences issues relating to different policies operating on each side of the border, in particular in the following areas: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

    • health – e.g. hospital waiting lists ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

    • effects on businesses – contrasting business rates and other policies ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • There are challenges in co-ordinating between County Council and Town Council levels of planning. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Saltney was often over looked as a town in sub-regional planning processes. However FCC has now recognised Saltney as one of the County’s major towns. This opens up opportunities for regeneration funding for the town. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Recent proposed boundary changes suggested merging the two county council wards with two councillors into a single ward for Saltney. This would support strong and cohesive representation of the town’s interests. These proposals are now under further review by the Boundary Commission. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

3.5 ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEXT

  • The River Dee is an asset to the town with huge potential for business and leisure. A road adjacent to it, River Lane, urgently requires the completion of a short extension at the western end to join up with Flint Road by Saltney Ferry River Dee footbridge. This is essential for the effective development of the River Lane area. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • This crucial short link will also help to relieve traffic congestion on the High Street. The High Street is too narrow, which is exacerbated by parked cars along it. The volume of traffic is beyond its capacity. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • The lack of a road bridge over the river at Saltney Ferry (linking with the Chester Western bypass and incorporating Sealand Road, Stadium Way, Parkgate Road and Liverpool Road) means that all motorists currently have to go into Chester via the Grosvenor Bridge (constructed in 1827-1833) or the old Roman single carriageway Dee Bridge (originally built in 922 and reconstructed in stone circa 1280). The road network on the south side of the river is simply inadequate and outdated and urgently requires the total completion of the westerly bypass connecting the A55 (southerly bypass) to the A5104 (Chester Road) and the A548 (Sealand Road). ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • There are serious safety issues at the Green Lane railway level crossing, urgently requiring road widening and realignment by Network Rail and Cheshire West and Chester Council or ideally complete the road bridge over the railway linking Circular Drive and Sandy Lane where preliminary construction work was commenced under the original Chester Ring Road by pass scheme in 1938/39. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Saltney is sited along the River Dee which also has a main river tributary, named Balderton Brook. This Brook rises in the Chester Business Park, flows through two housing estates in the Town and after passing through part of Morrisons supermarket car park, under the main railway line and River Lane before emptying into the Dee. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • In view of the presence of two rivers in the town together with important interlinking ditches and drains, the town council has a responsibility to ensure that appropriate steps are taken to protect all its residents from flooding. The Environment Agency www.environmentagency.gov.uk is the body responsible for all rivers and tributaries in England and Wales, with a wide scope ranging from biodiversity and habitat to river flow along main rivers. For its part, the Town Council has adopted the priority of “people and property over habitat” in line with the EU directive on habitat (article 6 paragraph 4) which states that “human health or public safety has precedence over SSSI habitat”. A very informative report on this subject has been published by The Flood Prevention Society www.floodpreventionsociety.org.uk . ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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4. A Vision for Saltney ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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A well-loved town to be proud of, with a strong heart and community

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The working party has developed this vision statement, summarising their key aims and values for the town: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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4.1 Supporting vision statements ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The working party have identified the following supporting vision statements identifying specific aspects of their vision for the town: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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A town centre for the community ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A town centre offering a shopping area, public amenities (e.g. library, council surgery) and community services (e.g. health centre, dental health centre, chemist) creates a physical “heart” for the town. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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An attractive townscape ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney is clean, tidy & attractive. New developments are pleasing to the eye and enhance the image of the town. The town is enhanced by the creation of a woodland walkway in Sandy Lane and a bowling green behind the community centreand the development of the Riverside area for leisure use. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Traffic and roads ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

River Lane is extended to join the Flint Road in Saltney Ferry to provide a bypass for the town through the River Lane Business/ Industrial Park. A new road bridge crosses the river at Saltney Ferry (western by-pass link). The road system thereby serves both the business and residential needs of the town and its outskirts, relieving the pressure of high and growing traffic volumes along the High Street. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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A prosperous community ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney has a healthy local economy, in which investment in property for business and private use is encouraged and local employment is supported. Local high tech businesses are encouraged to thrive and add value to the town. River Lane Business Park is developed as a light industrial and attractive river side office location for businesses. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Health and well being ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Inhabitants of Saltney enjoy the full range of high quality, affordable and accessible public services (including health and social services, policing, library). All residents enjoy quality housing that meets their needs. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Tourism ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney is a place that attracts visitors as a pleasant destination in its own right (e.g. the waterfront development) and as the “Gateway to Wales”. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Vibrant local democracy ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

There is strong support for and involvement with a Town Council that understands the wishes of the Town, resolves problems and achieves success on its behalf and keeps the town well informed of its activities. Local people are steering the development of the town. The Town Council has a home, a physical presence, an office and council chamber, in the town. Meetings of Saltney Town Council are open for local residents to attend. The Mayor holds monthly surgeries before each town council meeting. The Mayor’s charity raises funds for local community groups and initiatives. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Senior Generation ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney is a place in which elderly people feel safe and valued, with good housing provision suitable for their needs. They can lead full and comfortable lives supported by a good social network. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Younger Generation ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Young people enjoy a friendly caring community and have access to good quality facilities and activities within the town, including active guide/scout organisations, a high quality Sports Academy and sports teams, a Performing Arts Centre and a Youth Council. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Recreation ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney offers attractive recreation opportunities for its residents, including a bowling green, a sports academy, a sports centre within the St David’s High School grounds, a community centre and a woodland park. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Transport ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney offers opportunities to travel by sustainable modes of transport including cycling and walking. Bus routes serve the community effectively. A railway station alongside the Morrisons’ supermarket opens up more possibilities for travel by rail. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Environment ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Development in Saltney minimises the impact on the environment. The town takes action to help mitigate and adapt to the adverse effects of climate change, the need for energy conservation and appropriate management of river and water courses through the town. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Education ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Excellent education provision is available for residents of Saltney, from pre-school through to sixth form. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Law and Order ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Continuing strong community policing creates a positive environment for residents and businesses in the town. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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5. Saltney: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT Analysis) ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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The working party has used their analysis of the social, economic, political and environmental context to identify the current strengths and weaknesses of Saltney and the opportunities and threats that can be anticipated and planned for. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Strengths

  • The location of the town: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

    • Situated on the Welsh/English border, Saltney is the “Gateway to Wales”, the “premier town” in Flintshire from England ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

    • The town is conveniently located with good bus links to the Roman city of Chester which is only 2 miles away ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

    • Good road and rail network to links to Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, London and the North Wales coast ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

    • There is easy walking by river to Deeside and Chester on foot- and cycle-paths ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

    • Large retail park on the outskirts of the town ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Saltney has a river frontage, open to future development. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • There are a variety of businesses sited in the town, with a good balance of residential, business and light industrial areas. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • There is good provision of sheltered accommodation in the town. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • There are strong and growing activities for young people, including a successful boxing club, cheerleading group, 7 football teams, gymnastics, fencing, netball groups, a dance school and very active scout/guide groups (involving more than 100 children) ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Strong community policing creates a positive environment for residents and businesses ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Excellent Morrisons supermarket in the centre of the town, offering opportunities for future development of the town centre ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Good pre-school provision and 4 good schools in the town ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Saltney is now recognised as a town by Flintshire County Council ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Good community forums – 50+ forum, three Tenants and Residents groups, CH4 Business Forum, police community forum, including pub watch and shop watch ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Weaknesses

  • The road system around and through Saltney: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

    • With no westerly by-pass and no road bridge over the River Dee, and the short uncompleted link in River Lane, the one main road through the town carries a high volume of traffic. Congestion on High Street is further increased because of parked cars along the route. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • The town lacks a modern health centre with a full range of health facilities, including a dentist, optician and a chemist. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Saltney has, so far, received little recognition from FCC or WAG in strategic development plans ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • The library is only a temporary building which is hidden away from the centre of the town with limited opening hours which do not meet the criteria set down by the Welsh Libraries Association ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Good bus service from the Saltney High Street into Chester but bus service does not provide transport to the town centre (or to nearby Broughton retail park) from areas on the outskirts of the town ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • No safe cycle route through the town of Saltney ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Apart from the Morrisons supermarket cafe, there are no restaurant or family leisure facilities in the town or along the river ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • The area near the river is currently not well-maintained: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

    • Dog fouling, Fly tipping, Unregulated businesses ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Opportunities ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Key Long-term Opportunities ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Development of the Road System: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  1. River Lane link road extension to Flint Road, Saltney Ferry (B5129) ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  2. New road bridge over the River Dee at Saltney Ferry, linking the A5104 to the A548, Sealand Road, thereby completing the Saltney/ Chester westerly bypass when finally linked across to the A55 (southerly bypass between Bretton and Balderton). ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Development of an active community centre: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

    • To accommodate dances, parties & forums, café, smaller meeting room, outdoor activity centre, adult education. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Creation of a town centre: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

    • Chemist, Library, Health centre, Dental health centre, Shopping area, Council office and surgeries ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Development of River Lane Business and Retail Park ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

    • The employment designation for the land makes it a possible site for larger businesses and offices (to create a balance with the light industrial premises available in other parts of Saltney) ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Creation of a Woodland Walkway on land adjacent to the Community Centre ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Creation of a Bowling Green at the community centre ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Opening a new railway station adjacent to Morrisons ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Assess and strengthen flood prevention for Saltney, in conjunction with a programme of serious and efficient main river tributary and water course maintenance ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • involving dredging, channel deepening, silt, weed and shrub clearance together with regular sluicegate and pump maintenance ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Support the formation of a Town Partnership for Saltney ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Signs and notice boards around the town, including entrance to Saltney (work in progress) ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Formalise and extend scope of Mayor’s community charity ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Threats ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Volumes of traffic reach saturation point on the High Street ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

    • Traffic congestion increases due to development within the township and surrounding area ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Residents and their representatives do not have an input to new developments in the town and along the riverside ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • The occurrence of anti-social behaviour ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Saltney overlooked/ sidelined by Flintshire County Council and WG ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • New Health Board review for North Wales may make radical changes in Health Care provision for Saltney residents ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Danger of major flooding incident from river, tributary and ditches if essential maintenance not carried out ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

    • Overflow of Balderton Brook, overflow of the river, rising water table ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • Current economic situation causes industrial units to become empty – loss of employment in the town; owners of the units go out of business ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • The loss of the St David’s Sports Hall due to the withdrawal of funding by Leisure Services ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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  • 6. Strategic Priorities and Action Plans ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The working party has prioritised the high value opportunities identified for Saltney in terms of their urgency and difficulty to implement. This placed the opportunities into four categories as follows: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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No brainers” (urgent, easy)

[All – Action Plans] ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Online Community newsletter ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Formalise and extend scope of Mayor’s community charity (apply for additional funding) ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Support formation of a Town Partnership for Saltney ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Signs and noticeboards (includes exploiting the entrance to Saltney with a “Welcome to Wales” sign) ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Hot Potatoes” (urgent, difficult)

[All – Action Plans] ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Road development: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Road linking River Lane to Flint Road, Saltney Ferry (B5129) ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Road bridge over the River Dee at Saltney Ferry (Chester westerly bypass) linking the A5104 to the A548 (Sealand Road) and in the final phase tot he A55 (southerly bypass) in the Balderton area ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Development of River Lane Business and Retail Park ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Active central community centre: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • To accommodate dances, parties & forums, café, health centre, smaller meeting room, police station, facilities for dental practice, outdoor activity centre ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Creation of town centre: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • New shopping development in town centre ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Morrisons site will be good central point ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Chemist, Library, Shopping area ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Health centre, dental health centre ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Council office – surgeries ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Assess and improve flood prevention maintenance and flood defence arrangements for Saltney ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Stars waiting in the wings” (not urgent, easy) ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Annual Folk Festival site [Park for now] ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Investigate the options for a shopper bus service in Saltney [Action Plan] ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Mountains” (not urgent, difficult) ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

River leisure development – encourage the development of leisure facilities, family pubs, social meeting places ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Leisure ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Sheltered accommodation ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Sports ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Picnic areas ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

[Park for now] ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Woodland Walkway [Action Plan] ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Bowling Green at community centre [Action Plan] ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Skate board park [Park for now] ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Open railway station adjacent to Morrisons ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

7. Threat Management ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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The working party has identified 9 key threats to the well-being of the town of Saltney. Each of these threats has been assessed for impact and likelihood (High (H), Medium (M), Low (L)) and current factors that reduce or manage the threat have been identified. For those items that are considered High or Medium risk, the position has been reviewed and additional actions identified where appropriate to reduce the level of risk. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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The types and levels of threats, and their mitigating actions, will be reviewed annually. Any new threats that are identified, or new mitigating actions that are needed will be assessed and implemented as appropriate. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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8. Partnerships & Key Links ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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We recognize the groups below as a vital part of the community and seek their advice and support of the the implementation of the plan ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Residents/ Community Groups ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Allotment group ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Beechwood Road Tenants and Residents ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Community Centre Management Committee ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

50+ Forum ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Local History Groups ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney Youth Council ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney Ferry (Mold Junction) Tenants and Residents Association ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Stonebridge Residents Association ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Flood Prevention Society (www.floodpreventionsociety.org.uk) ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

WI ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Schools ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney Under 5s playschool ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

St David’s High School ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

St Anthony’s Primary School ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney Ferry Primary School ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Wood Memorial Primary School ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Youth Groups ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Cheerleading Goup ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Deva Boxing Goup ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney Gymnastics ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Scouts and Guides ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney FG Football Club ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Community Groups ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney Womens Institute (WI) ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney 50 Plus Group ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Wednesday Bingo Group ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Douglas Place Group ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Stonebridge Resident Group ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Beechwood Rd Garden Project ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney Ferry Tenants & Residents Group ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Sandy Lane Community Centre Management Group ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Oddfellows ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Pathfinders ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Local businesses, including: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Airbus ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Brymau Estates ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

CH4 Business Forum ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Gladstone Estates ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Go Outdoors ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Lion Deva ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

DeeTex ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Morrisons’ supermarket ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Parkway Telecom ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Dragon Steel ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

AbleWorld ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Poundstretcher ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Whizz Kids ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Bakery ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney Ferry Post Office ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Churches ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney Methodist Church ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

St Mark’s C of E ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

St Anthony’s RC ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Flintshire County Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Planning Policy ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Leisure Services ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Highways ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Lifelong Learning ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Community Services ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Health ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Streetscene ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Other ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Police ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Fire Service ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Betsi Cadswaller Health Board ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

High St Doctor?? ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Environment Agency ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Countryside Council for Wales ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Forestry Commission ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Network Rail ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Stagecoach ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Arriva Transport ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Welsh Community Border Transport ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Groundworks ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Tidy Towns ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Neighbourhood Watch ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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1 Surveillance cameras were installed through the efforts of the Saltney Ferry Tenants and Residents for Association, (for Saltney Ferry) Saltney Town Council and the Police Joint Action Group. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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