Plans to regenerate a town in Flintshire have been ‘called in’ following claims that other areas are not receiving equal treatment.
Senior advisers approved ambitious proposals to make Shotton “the place to work, live and visit” last month.
This followed a series of complaints about issues of anti-social behavior in the city.
However, members of the opposition have now submitted a notice of ‘appeal’ to review the decision taken by the Labor-led cabinet of Flintshire Council.
The document, signed by six members of the Independent Alliance group, highlights concerns that other towns in the county are being ignored despite similar problems.
He says: âThe investment of local authority resources in people, time and finances is not sustainable, fair or equitable treatment of other towns and communities in Flintshire.
â(There is) no evidence of criteria used to assess cities and communities to establish a hierarchy of needs.
“The basis of the plan appears to be based on complaints of anti-social behavior and environmental issues in the Shotton area, while other towns have the same issues.”
Shotton’s 10-year strategic plan aims to provide “a thriving main street, clean neighborhoods, and safe and visually appealing public spaces.”
The council said it wanted to deal with a “growing number” of complaints about anti-social behavior and environmental issues in Shotton.
Officials have warned that the issues could hamper the city’s prospects if not addressed.
A steering group has been set up to oversee the development of the plan, which includes representatives from the North Wales Authority and Police.
Documents presented to cabinet members in November state: “A plan for Shotton” sets the strategic direction for work at Shotton for the next five to ten years.
âIt was developed by Flintshire County Council and the North Wales Police, with the engagement of some key partner organizations.
âThe plan aims to serve as the foundation for further collaboration between organizations and the community to identify priorities and take action to address local challenges and maximize potential assets and opportunities. “
The proposed improvements include the redevelopment of the former Corus Social Club for community use by working with current owners Care and Repair North East Wales.
Shotton station could also be transformed to accommodate passengers traveling between the North Wales Main Line and the Wrexham to Bidston Line.
The notice of meeting will be discussed at a meeting of the board’s environmental and economic review committee to be held on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.
He could see the decision sent back to cabinet or full council for reconsideration or members could decide they are happy with the reasons behind it, meaning it will be implemented as planned.
Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter (more here).