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Council calls for residents’ views on draft Aspirations

Denbighshire County Council has produced a set of draft well-being aspirations for the coming years – now the public are being asked to share their views.
In Summer 2016, the Council asked people through focus groups to share their ideas on their long-term, future aspirations for their communities. The responses received were really interesting and have provided valuable insight into what’s important for communities and why.
These response, coupled with evidence on various social, economic, cultural and environmental themes been compiled into a draft list of Aspirations. aspirations are:
  • A place where younger people will want to live and work and they have the skills to do so. Communities are connected and have access to goods and services locally, online or through good transport links.
  • The Council and communities work together to overcome challenges; devising and delivering joint solutions.
  • People can live independent and fulfilled lives in strong, caring, safe and resilient communities.
  • Events bring people together, creating active communities and helping business to prosper.
  • An attractive and protected environment that supports communities’ wellbeing and economic prosperity.
Now the Council has launched a survey called Sgwrs y Sir/ Conversation where people are being asked to rate the aspirations that have been compiled.
Leader of Denbighshire, Councillor Hugh Evans OBE, said: “We would like to thank the residents of Denbighshire who have been part of the process to date. We have held a number of focus groups across the county and the extremely valuable feedback received has allowed us to come up with a draft list of Aspirations.
“We’ll report on the results of this survey before the end of March, and will present all of this information to our new Council, which will be elected in May 2017. The new Council will then agree the final Aspirations, which will be included in our Council Plan, and published next October”.

Construction started on flood defences

Building work will began in the new year to improve flood defences for people in more than 400 properties in St Asaph.
The announcementafter planning permission was granted by Denbighshire Council for new and raised defences in the city.
The contractors, Dawnus, started work on the new defences at the end of January, aiming to complete the scheme by the Autumn 2017.
The work will raise the current flood defences through the city downstream of Lower Denbigh Road.
Meanwhile, work is already underway to replace Spring Gardens Bridge. This will increase the capacity of the river downstream of the city, which will reduce flood water levels in St Asaph. Keith Ivens, Flood & Water Manager for North and Mid Wales for NRW, said: “This scheme will make a real difference to people living and working in St Asaph who suffered such devastating flooding in November 2012 and have lived with the threat of flooding for many years.
“While we can’t always prevent flooding from happening, we believe we have a robust scheme for St Asaph that will significantly reduce the risk and provide effective, long-term peace of mind for people in the city.
“We’re grateful to local residents for their support and we will keep everyone informed about the work along every step of the way.”
Once completed, the scheme will also bring recreational benefits to the city by improving foot and cycle paths.
And it will bring a boost to biodiversity by planting trees and blue bells, and putting up bird and bat boxes.
Until the scheme is completed, short-term measures to reduce flood risk will continue on the River Elwy.
This includes installing temporary flood barriers when required along a 150 metre stretch of the river.
Anyone concerned about flooding can check their flood risk, and find out if a free flood warning service is available in their area by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or by visiting www.naturalresources.wales/flooding.
There is more information on the St Asaph flood risk management scheme on the NRW website naturalresources.wales/stasaph