Connect centre opens in Holywell

08/11/2012

People in the Holywell area can now access a range of public services under one roof with the opening of the new Flintshire Connects centre in the town.

The Centre will be officially opened by Councillor Carolyn Thomas, Vice Chairman of Flintshire County Council and Mark Polin, Chief Constable of North Wales Police on Friday November 30 at 3.45 pm.

Located in the historic and re-furbished Old Town Hall Building it will be a public sector hub on the High Street bringing together the services of Flintshire County Council, North Wales Police, Deeside College, Job Centre Plus and Communities First.

Holywell Town Partnership has also supported the project by providing funding to improve the entrance and lobby area of the building where there will be visitor information.

The Centre will be open six days a week, including Saturday mornings and local organisations will also be able to use it for meetings and raise awareness of local events.

Councillor Billy Mullin, Cabinet Member for Corporate Management, Flintshire County Council, explained;“The Flintshire Connects Centre in Holywell is the first of its type in North Wales, and is bringing County Council and North Wales Police services to the centre of Holywell. This is a new modern facility that will improve the way services are delivered to the residents of the town. In addition to improving access for local people to key services on which they depend, we also hope the new Centre will also boost the regeneration and vibrancy of Holywell town centre.”

Inspector Jeff Moses, North Wales Police said;“ From a police perspective we are excited about the Flintshire Connects project in Holywell. The facilities are modern and very good. They are in a central location in the town. As this is the first facility of its kind in North Wales I am very pleased that it's happening in this county. The new facility will make North Wales Police even more accessible to the public than we were in the old Police Station in the town.”

Deeside College Principal David Jones said; "We are delighted to be part of this innovative partnership to support the local community in Holywell. Our courses in the area have always been really popular and we look forward to continuing to deliver a wide range of education and training."

John Bisby, North and Mid Wales District Manager, Jobcentre Plus said; "I am pleased that Jobcentre Plus has this opportunity to work in partnership with Flintshire County Council, to develop improved local services for our customers, employers and jobseekers in Holywell.”

Plans are currently being jointly developed by the County Council with partner organisations to open Flintshire Connects Centres at Flint, Connah's Quay, Buckley, Mold and Saltney in the future.

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