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Work due to begin on a £1.2 million environmental improvement project in St Asaph

Work is due to begin soon on the £1.2 million environmental improvement project for council tenants in St Asaph.
The project will deliver a number of improvements including highways and footpath reconstruction, together with environmental landscaping. On completion, the area will benefit from better parking facilities, traffic calming measures and open area landscaping. Investment in the project will come from Denbighshire Housing, with support from the wider County Council and the Welsh Government.
Dawnus have been appointed as the contractor to deliver this project.They have a wealth of experience in both building and civil projects and said:“Dawnus are extremely pleased to be awarded this prestigious improvement scheme at Bro Havard and look forward to working with Denbighshire County Council and the local community to deliver a successful project with minimum disruption to residents”.
From the 11 September, Dawnus will have a presence in and around the Stanley Park area, where a site compound will be set up.During this first week, Dawnus will be visiting each property in the area affected by the improvements and will meet residents to discuss the project with them.
Councillor Tony Thomas, Cabinet Lead Member for Housing, said: “We look forward to working with the local community to deliver these improvements and create a vibrant environment that they can be proud to be a part of. This is one of a number of community based projects underway across the county, with a firm commitment by the team to improving the quality of life for local people through quality developments.”
Further key dates during the project are:
  • Week commencing 18 September:highways and footpath reconstruction will start on Phase 1
  • January to March 2018: landscaping and environmental improvements will begin
  • We expect the project to be completed in summer 2018
Regular updates about the project will be available on the project noticeboard at Stanley Park and also on Denbighshire Housing’s Facebook Page @TaiSirDdinbych.DenbighshireHousing

Council identifies need for gypsy and traveller sites

Denbighshire County Council is on the look-out for land for a residential, as well as a transit site for Gypsies and Travellers in the county, and, as a result, St. Asaph City Council have been asked to suggest any suitable site within their area which could possible fulfil the criteria.
The Council, working with Conwy County Borough Council, carried out an assessment need for accommodation for Gypsy and Travellers.All local authorities across Wales are required to undertake such assessments, in line with the Housing (Wales) Act 2014.
The assessment recognised the need for a six pitch residential site in Denbighshire, as well as a transit site for four to five pitches for those travelling through the county.
A permanent site would function as any other residential community where residents are provided with basic accommodation, such as individual amenity blocks, access to utilities, refuse facilities and collection service. As with any other rented accommodation, residents pay rent and council tax, pay for their own utilities and are required to abide by tenancy conditions. Transit sites are permanent facilities designed for temporary use by occupiers, normally with a communal amenity block. Individual occupiers are permitted to stay on the site for up to three months at a time.
Currently, there are no existing permanent or transit sites in Denbighshire.
Councillor Tony Thomas, Cabinet Lead Member for Housing, said: “There is a legal requirement on the Council to ensure access to quality housing or accommodation for everyone and creating these two sites in the county will go a long way to addressing the needs of Gypsies and Travellers in the county.
“As an authority, we want to do the right thing by the Gypsy and Traveller communities. Our permanent traveller families want help to keep their culture and heritage alive, whilst integrating into our communities in all ways, from education and the Welsh language through to being active participants in the wider community.
“Currently there are no suitable options for Gypsy and Travellers passing through the county and we believe that a transit site will help us provide adequate services on a temporary basis. It will also help reduce the number of unauthorised temporary sites that we have been experiencing, in particular during the summer season.
The next steps is to review all suitable land currently in Denbighshire and to encourage landowners to put forward any privately owned sites forward for consideration.Any expressions of interest should be forwarded to ldp@denbighshire.gov.uk. The closing date for submissions is 8 November, 2017.