£4m funding for town revamps in Wrexham and Flintshire
Plans to revitalise town centres in Wrexham and Flintshire have been given £4m in funding.
In Flintshire, the money will improve the look of town centres. In Wrexham, King Street is to get a make over to complement the new-look bus station.
Wrexham and Flintshire councils put in the successful bid for £3m in European funding and have pledged a further £1m.
They want to improve trade on the high streets in Buckley, Holywell, Mold, and Wrexham, among others.
A number of master plans have been produced in Flintshire.
Ideas include a pilot to remove the pedestrianisation of Holywell and allow vehicles back into the town.
The town hall is being overhauled so some council staff based at Mold's County Hall can be deployed to Holywell which is also set to be used by police officers.
In Mold, plans being discussed include making the Daniel Owen Square more of a cultural hub, hosting events.
And plans to redesign Buckley's main streets with more community facilities, shops and cafes are said to be attracting "significant interest" from potential developers, according to Flintshire councillor Matt Wright, the authority's portfolio holder for regeneration.
"This is a further exciting boost for our county," he said, referring to the funding.
"With the difficult times facing town centres, highlighted in the recent reports from Mary Portas and the Welsh Government Enterprise and Business Committee, this support to improve the physical environment and encourage investment is an excellent step forward."
Councillor Rodney Skelland, Wrexham's lead member for regeneration, said: "We are delighted that we have secured EU funding through the Welsh government.
"The street improvements near the bus station will enhance an area that is the first image of Wrexham for many visitors."