Flats overlooking Chester weir  are no longer in the pink after  receiving a fabulous make-over believed to have cost about £40,000.

For many years it was widely acknowledged that while the view from  the inside of the distinctive looking  Salmon Leap in Handbridge was spectacular, the view from the outside was  rather more questionable.

Now critics could be silenced after  the £36,000 ‘Sicilian Sunset’ paint job  was replaced by a stone colour, which  is arguably more in keeping with the  surroundings.

The Salmon Leap in Handbridge before the repainting
The Salmon Leap in Handbridge before the repainting
 

Residents, who own the freehold on  the blocks, voted for the previous colour scheme after acquiring the lease in  2002/03 and apparently the shade had  nothing to do with the colour of salmon. This time around Salmon Leap  Management Company decided to call  in award-winning Chester architects  Donald Insall Associates.

Director Clive Bond explained: “Last  time the colour was by committee and  no one liked it. That’s why we sought  professional advice.

“It wasn’t just the residents going out  and choosing it.

“We went through all the correct  channels including the conservation  department at the council and it’s been  paid for by the residents.”

Tony Barton, chairman of Donald  Insall Associates, said: “We worked  hard with the residents of this prominent Chester landmark and took inspiration from the soft stone hues on  the historic Bridge Gate, which complements the red sandstone of the City  Walls.”

However, Paul Eeles, who owns Riverside Takeaway and Chester Boat Hire,  operating on the opposite bank at The  Groves said some customers had commented that they ‘missed’ the pink,  proving the old adage: you can’t please  all of the people all of time.

The style of the blocks, built in  1967-68, were designed by Liverpool  architects Gilling Dod and are liked by  some but not all.