TEP was appointed to prepare a Green Infrastructure Action Plan to demonstrate the value of enhancing the Flintshire coast as an economic, community and environmental resource.
The GI Action Plan explores the needs of the coast’s communities, economy and its internationally important environment (the adjacent Dee Estuary). The evidence guided the production of an action plan, focused to deliver the maximum public benefit from GI investment.
The action plan is supported by four key diagrams with the first providing an over-arching coast-wide diagram, supported by three focus area diagrams for Flint, Bagillt and Talacre.
Subsequently TEP was appointed by Flintshire Council to prepare a Coast Park Prospectus to demonstrate the value and potential of enhancing the Flintshire coast as an economic, community and environmental resource.
The Prospectus identifies six hubs offering particular opportunity to promote heritage, recreation, tourism, wildlife and enterprise. These include: Northern Gateway, Connah’s Quay Dock, Flint Waterfront, Bagillt Inlet, Greenfield Dock and Valley and Talacre. The Wales Coast Path, opened in 2012, provides the common thread between the six hubs providing walkers and visitors with a flavour of the Flintshire Coast.
The prospectus has been developed through consultation with a range of stakeholders including councillors and officers from Flintshire Council, local interest groups and the North Wales Tourism Partnership. The Prospectus will attract the interest and support of others including:
- Communities, volunteers and Trusts to devise and implement local projects, such as Connah’s Quay Dock regeneration;
- Landowners and major employers to make their land, funds and staff resources available; and
- Sponsors and funders for capital-intensive projects.
Councillor Bernie Attridge, Deputy Leader of Flintshire Council, said: “We are extremely proud of Flintshire’s rich and diverse coastline. Establishing a framework for a Flintshire Coast Park ensures that we have a joined-up approach to looking after our coastal environment and that our coastline retains its excellent reputation as a destination for tourism and recreational activities.”