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Connah's Quay slipway rebuilt to give Dee access again

The new slipway
On the slipway... fisherman Keith Marland, Coun Matt Wright and Brian Dunn.

A major milestone has been marked for campaigners trying to revive the fortunes of a historic port.

Ships and barges were built to order on the dockside at Connah's Quay, Flintshire, until the port's demise in the 50s.

Then Dock Road was transformed into a business estate and a sea-faring tradition going back 500 years was, it seemed, lost forever.

Boats and railway carriages on the dock at Connah's Quay port, date unknown

But locals are celebrating as the first part of a plan to make the dockside popular again has begun.

Work has started to build a new slipway so boats can be put back on the water at all tides.

Local fisherman Keith Marland hopes the work will remind people about Connah's Quay's maritime past.

"It has a very, very rich history," he said. "We'd like to make everybody aware of what Connah's Quay's about.

"We've cleared the silt from the slipway so it's now a low water slipway. It's the only point on the river that can be used to launch the lifeboat at low water."

Mr Marland, a member of the Quay Watermen and Recreational Association, said the group hoped to add a viewing point with information boards explaining about the port's past.

"People using the coast path could go by and not know anything about its history," he said. "We're trying to bring it back."

Connah's Quay Town Partnership and the Quay Watermen and Recreational Association - made up of fishermen and boating enthusiasts - secured the funding.

"We are delighted to be able to work with community groups and others to improve the town," said Brian Dunn, partnership chair.

"The projects we have supported are creating a significant improvement to the image and environment of our town."

Work at Connah's Quay comes after the regeneration of the Greenfield Dock area further along the Dee.

Both docks are on the route of Flintshire's new 25-mile (40k) coastal path which, it is hoped, with bring more tourism to the area with walkers, cyclists and nature lovers.

In another development, a statue based on the theme 'Spirit of the Quay' is being unveiled at the town's new £15m Quay Shopping complex. It is due to open soon, creating 300 jobs at a supermarket and a dozen shops.



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