Each area has its own story to tell and character to discover, but how can a small Welsh market town like Mold attract visitors, residents and businesses in the shadow of well known neighbours like Chester?
This is just one of the issues that Mold Town Council and its partner organisations are presently grappling with as they work on the Mold Town Plan.
The Plan will set out the vision for Mold for the next 10 to 15 years. It will be informed by ongoing community engagement, and is built on the work of previous consultations and studies including the Sense of Place Study, Mold Action Plan and the Cittaslow goals.
Local residents and businesses will receive a leaflet outlining the main themes of the Plan, and inviting them to public exhibitions to find out more and make comments. Mold Town Plan will help to inform Flintshire County Council’s (FCC’s) emerging Local Development Plan.
Due to the current economic climate FCC is no longer able to support a number of its community assets and has offered them to community groups for asset transfer. Mold Town Council will also consult with residents and businesses at the public exhibitions, to identify assets and services which could be protected if funding can be found.
Visitor Information Points
Developing the visitor economy is very important for Mold and the nine new stylish Visitor Information Points (VIPs) throughout Mold are just one example of innovative ways of funding projects.
Mold Town Council worked with FCC and Cadwyn Clwyd on a successful bid for the funding from the European Rural Development Plan. The 30% match funding required came from revenue generated from Mold’s car parks, in a new partnership initiative between the Town Council and FCC.
The VIPs add to the attractive image the town must portray, as we continue to develop and persuade visitors, resi- dents and businesses to choose Mold.