North East Wales

Flintshire parks protected as open spaces

Two children running across playing field
Image caption Flintshire council says parks will be protected for "generations to come"

Fifteen parks in Flintshire have been protected as open spaces.

The areas have been given Queen Elizabeth II Field Status, which protects public open spaces as a legacy from the 2012 Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee .

Flintshire council said the move would ensure the parks were restricted to outdoor play, sport and recreation for "generations to come".

The council hopes to invite more nominations in years to come.

The recreation areas are protected in a deal between Flintshire council and the Fields in Trust charity.

Ivor Morgan, chairman of Fields in Trust Cymru, said: "Local authorities today may have the best will in the world about protecting public open spaces, but no-one can guarantee what their successors will be tempted to do in 20, 50 or 100 years.

"The council should therefore be proud of what they are doing for future generations."

Protected open spaces:

  • Argoed Sports Association, Mynydd Isa
  • Ffordd Dolgoed, Mold
  • Gronant Recreation Ground
  • King George Street, Shotton
  • Lixwm Play Area
  • Llys Ben Playing Field, Northop Hall
  • Maes Bodlonfa, Mold
  • Maes Pennant Playing Field, Mostyn
  • North Street Football Pitch, Saltney Ferry
  • Phoenix Park, Leeswood
  • Phoenix Street Recreation Ground, Sandycroft
  • Princess Park, Connah's Quay
  • Sealand Manor Recreation Ground
  • Victoria Road, Bagillt
  • Wepre Park, Connah's Quay

On Tuesday, conservation body the Open Spaces Society, said North Street football pitch in Saltney Ferry was much-needed as a recreational area.

Kate Ashbrook, its general secretary, said: "This is the only recreational area in Saltney Ferry, much loved by local people who badly need open spaces for fresh air and enjoyment."

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